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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Popular sheriff weds popular girl in Montcalm County

The Montcalm County sheriff wed a “popular” young woman from Stanton one century ago, as was reported on the front page of the Greenville Independent in a rather breathless article.

“Society circles at the County Seat were given a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning when Miss Ella L. Palmer, daughter of attorney and Mrs. L.C. Palmer, was united in marriage to William E. Rasmussen, Montcalm County’s sheriff,” stated the article from the week of June 30.

Tad DeBerg

‘He lived life by his heart’: 22-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

The DeBerg family shared a picture perfect day Fourth of July together. Tim and Amy and their children, Tad and Tori, and Tad’s son Emmett went out for dinner to celebrate Tim’s birthday. They went to a park and played with Emmett. They went home and had cake and ice cream.

Ashley Drake

‘She enjoyed life to the fullest’: 22-year-old woman killed in motorcycle accident

Ashley Drake was an intoxicating mixture of bubbly and bullheaded. She loved writing and fishing. She loved 4-H and her dog, Riley. And she loved a good adventure.

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‘Dirty, backhanded politics’ in Edmore; 4 councilmen are no-shows to meeting

Councilman Art Schuitema gingerly walked into the Edmore Village Council meeting, his hands gripping a walker for assistance. Intravenous needles were stuck into his arms, their clear tubes dangling below. He wore a plastic vest chest protector and checkered pajama pants. It was his 80th birthday.
Schuitema made it to Monday night’s Edmore Village Council meeting. So did councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh and Karen Deja.
And yet President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were nowhere to be found. Neither was Burr’s wife, Gloria Burr, the village clerk whose job it is to record meeting minutes.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin listens to public comment during am impromptu community forum tonight at the Curtis Building in Edmore. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

JUST IN: 4 Edmore councilmen are no-shows to special meeting

A special meeting of the Edmore Village Council tonight turned into an impromptu community forum when four of the council members failed to show up.

President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were all no-shows to tonight’s meeting. Instead, council members Bonnie Ashbaugh, Karen Deja and Art Schuitema led a community forum for about 50 people who were in attendance.

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Rankin to continue as Edmore village manager despite contract nonrenewal

His village manager’s contract may not have been renewed, but Neil Rankin is still an employee of Edmore.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin is pictured in his office at the Curtis Community Building in Edmore. — File photo

Edmore village manager ‘blindsided’ by contract non-renewal

In a surprise move, the Edmore Village Council voted 4-2 at a special meeting this evening not to renew the contract of their village manager. Neil Rankin was hired as village manage last July, just shy of one year ago. His contract expires July 10.

From left to right, Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman are all former members of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club. All three now work for Michigan State University Extension. — Courtesy photo

4-H’ers Forever: Trio of former Winfield Hustlers working for MSU Extension

For many 4-H’ers, their affiliation with the youth program ends about when they graduate from high school.

For three former members of the Winfield Hustlers, 4-H became a lifelong career.

Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman were all members of the Winfield Hustlers, Montcalm County’s oldest 4-H club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Today, all three work for Michigan State University Extension.

The northeast corner of a rural Lakeview sawmill smolders following a fire caused by a lightning strike early Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Amish community plans to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after lightning strike

The Five Corners sawmill isn’t a major operation by most standards. Nine men are employed there and they process an average of 4,000 to 5,000 feet of wood per day. Drivers deliver wood to the sawmill from numerous locations and more drivers deliver the processed wood about an hour north to McBain for pallet use.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.