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Ken Hansen of Crystal is pictured with Ethan Nokes, 8, of Riverdale. Hansen rescued Nokes from being attacked by four Rottweilers on Monday afternoon. Nokes sustained 22 bite wounds in the attack. Hansen went to visit Nokes on Tuesday, after the boy had been released from the hospital. — Courtesy photo

‘They were trying to kill him’: Boy survives attack from 4 Rottweilers

A young boy survived nearly two dozen bites from four Rottweiler dogs Monday afternoon thanks to a nearby construction worker who came running to help. According to the Michigan State Police, the incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. in the Riverdale area of Gratiot County.

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Montcalm County to leave elected official pay issue alone

An ongoing elected official wage debate that’s been in discussions since last summer has finally come to a close — for now. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on April 27 to approve the Finance & Personnel Committee’s recommendation from a subcommittee that stated wages for elected officials are within the averages of similar counties and recommended no additional changes should take place this year. There was no discussion during the April 27 vote.

A “Clifford Lake Hotel” sign hangs over the bar at the new Clifford Lake Inn, which also features original wood beams which add a rustic charm to the bar. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Historic Clifford Lake Inn makes grand reopening with new owners

The restored and revived Clifford Lake Inn has something old (floors, beams and ceilings), something new (furniture and kitchen), something borrowed (classic recipes with a twist) and something blue (the lake, of course). The 134-year-old dining gem of Douglass Township is making its grand reopening today. My husband and I enjoyed a sneak peek Friday evening at the invitation of new owners Thomas and Mary Stuit of Grand Rapids.

The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Officials unhappy about plan to spread crushed limestone on White Pine Trail

Plans are underway to line almost half of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail with crushed limestone instead of paved asphalt — and Montcalm County residents are not pleased. The north to south White Pine Trail is about 90 miles long from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in Tustin, Leroy, Ashton, Reed City, Paris, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Morley, Howard City, Pierson, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Rockford and Belmont.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

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JUST IN: Ionia County votes to leave four-county Michigan Works agency

In a split vote, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted to leave their four-county Michigan Works agency and to give Region 4′s yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency a try.

A motion to have Ionia County stay with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which provides employment services to Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — failed in a 3-4 vote tonight, effectively ending CAMWC.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approves EMS requests

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple requests from the county’s Emergency Medical Services department during their monthly meeting today.

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Sidney Township still waiting on answers after homicide, home invasions

It’s been one month since a Sidney Township man was found slain in his home amidst multiple home invasions in the Nevins Lake neighborhood. Alan “Dale” Nelson, 80, was found in his house at 591 Nelson Drive on March 30. His home had been broken into, along with three other cottages on the lake. Nelson lived alone and was home by himself at the time of the attack. Police have not yet released the cause of Nelson’s death.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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Grace Community Church marks 20 years in Howard City

Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation’s preeminent priest and professor of theology, once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
The congregation of Grace Community Church also chooses to stake their confidence on grace.