Elisabeth Waldon

Judge Ray Voet

Ionia County District Court offers bench warrant amnesty

IONIA — Ionia County’s 64A District Court has a special, limited time offer this holiday season. The court is extending a bench warrant amnesty period now through Dec 30. Individuals with open bench warrants for failing to pay fines and costs, failure to appear or failure to comply with a court order can clear their [...]

Jackie Gachter

Fatal farm accident leaves family devastated

Nobody could tell Jackie Gachter what to do. She had a mind of her own. She lived hard and loved hard.

Gachter died Sunday in a devastating farming accident near Sheridan. She was 54 years old.

Kristen Millard

Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.

Voters wait patiently in line Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville as they prepare to cast their votes in the general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schafer elected to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Residents of Greenville cast their votes in the presidential election at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash, Moolenaar both returned to Congress

Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

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Lawsuit against Hubbardston voluntarily dismissed

A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has reached a resolution of sorts.

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UPDATE: Lawsuit against Hubbardston voluntarily dismissed

HUBBARDSTON — A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has reached a resolution of sorts. Members of the community center board filed a lawsuit against the village in December 2015 in a claim and delivery case. The village countersued the board members last March. The lawsuit stems [...]

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County votes to shut down Howard City recycling site

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to eliminate Howard City’s free recycling site due to issues of cost and abuse.

The recommendation came from the county’s Solid Waste Management Committee, which met Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.

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Hubbardston trial postponed until February

A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has been postponed again. Members of the community center board filed a lawsuit against the village in December 2015 in a claim and delivery case. The village countersued the board members last March. The lawsuit stems from July 2015 when the village council voted 2-1 to terminate the village’s agreement with the community center board, per the recommendation of President Julie Hobart-Reed.

A sign clearly states which items are and are not acceptable for recycling at Montcalm County recycling sites throughout the county, including Howard City’s site in the parking lot of Leppink’s. The county is planning on eliminating Howard City’s site due to garbage abuse and financial issues. — File photo

Howard City recycling site set to be shut down

Montcalm County’s free recycling site in Howard City is set to close after no one from the community attended a meeting to speak in support of the service. The county’s Solid Waste Management Committee hosted a special meeting Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.