Elisabeth Waldon

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PHOTO GALLERY: Flat River Saloon saved from fire, old hotel destroyed

Montcalm County firefighters rushed to help one of their own amid a devastating fire on a sweltering hot Monday afternoon in downtown Six Lakes.

Firefighters from Belvidere Township, Day Township, Home Township and Lakeview responded to a fire at the old hotel next door to the Flat River Saloon around 2:30 p.m. as temps flirted with 90 degrees.

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Hubbardston Village Council appoints new member

The Hubbardston Village Council voted to appoint a new council member during a 21-minute special meeting July 16.

Councilwoman Ellen Genereux submitted her resignation letter to the village council in June, effective in July.

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Hubbardston Village Council votes 2-1 to cut ties with community center board

This community’s primary gathering place is under new management.

The Hubbardston Village Council voted 2-1 on July 14 to terminate the village’s agreement with the Hubbardston Community Center.

President Julie Hobart-Reed and Councilwoman Aimee Harter voted “yes” while Councilman Jim Barker voted “no.” Councilwoman Casey Melton abstained from voting and Councilwoman Ellen Genereux — who submitted her resignation letter at last month’s meeting — was absent.

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Make it simple: Rep. Outman proposes road funding solution

Michigan’s longterm road funding outlook remains in flux after the massive failure of Proposal 1 last May. Rep. Rick Outman has heard a wealth of feedback from his constituents in the months that followed the proposal’s downfall.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Ionia County central services facility talks back to ‘square one’

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners has been talking for years about building a new central services facility. After last Tuesday’s meeting, the board is back to square one, according to Chairwoman Julie Calley. The board unanimously voted to set a preliminary budget of $2.5 million for a new facilities project.

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Car plows through Pierson cemetery, destroys headstones

A Howard City man allegedly drove his car through this township’s cemetery this afternoon, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery at the intersection of Amy School and Cannonsville Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

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Tri County teacher headed to Library of Congress

Polly Bolt is nothing if not curious about the world around her. From teaching in an Alaskan bush village to researching the benefits of biomimicry to creating a STEM program for her elementary students, the Rockford woman is always coming up with questions and searching for answers.

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Repeating history in Pierson Township?

This isn’t the first time this township has had financial problems. Fifteen years ago, a situation unfolded, oddly similar to the scenario the township is facing today.

A letter from the IRS to Pierson Township details how the township is being financially penalized to the tune of at least $35,849.83 due to the “intentional disregard” of former clerk Brooke Scott. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Former Pierson Township clerk costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars

Five years of ignoring the IRS is costing the taxpayers of this small township tens of thousands of dollars … and counting. So far, Pierson Township has paid $35,849.83 in back pay, interest and penalties due to the negligence of former township clerk Brooke Scott, who failed to file multiple IRS forms from 2008 to 2013, when she resigned. She also misappropriated expenditures and mishandled the township’s payroll.

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UPDATE: Montcalm County child dies from meningitis

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of the death of a 1-year-old Montcalm County child. The death is believed to be caused from complications of haemophilus influenza type b meningitis.