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Bill Braman

JUST IN: Greenville philanthropist Bill Braman dies at age 91

A Greenville man is being remembered for his fierce community devotion and spirit of philanthropy.

Willard “Bill” Braman died today at Spectrum Health United Hospital. He was 91 years old.

Horseshoe Lake is a 97-acre lake located off Cedar Point Drive in southwest Belvidere Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fuel oil spills into Belvidere Township’s Horseshoe Lake

Up to 200 gallons of fuel oil recently spilled into Horseshoe Lake on the southwest side of Belvidere Township. According to David Wierzbicki, incident management specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Remediation and Redevelopment Division in Grand Rapids, the spill was reported by a resident on Jan. 4. Anywhere from 150 to 200 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of an oil tank in the yard of a cottage on Cedar Point Drive on Horseshoe Lake, which is a 97-acre body of water.

Dog kennel licenses and individual dog licenses can be purchased at the Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office inside the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton. Visit montcalm.org online to read the county’s dog ordinance. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Kennel costs still hound Montcalm County officials

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.

8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort

Hoort to step down as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A longtime Ionia and Montcalm county judge is planning on stepping down from the bench to accept a new job.

Judge David Hoort, who resides in Portland, said he has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is currently considering several vehicle requests from Montcalm County Emergency Services. Pictured is Emergency Services’ newest vehicle, Rescue 23, a Ford F-150 with a topper and patriotic decorations. Rescue 23 is based out of Stanton. — Courtesy photo

EMS, sheriff pitch requests to Montcalm County board

A slew of vehicle requests were considered by Montcalm County commissioners on Monday.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Dave Feldpausch made several of the requests during the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee meeting.

8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort

JUST IN: Judge Hoort to leave 8th Judicial Circuit Court for new job

A longtime Ionia and Montcalm county judge is planning on stepping down from the bench to accept a new job.

Judge David Hoort, who resides in Portland, said he has been offered and anticipates accepting a job in a criminal justice-related department in Michigan. His current judicial term would have ended at the end of this year.

A “No Trespassing, No Entry” order, signed by former Reynolds Township Supervisor Dan Fisk, hangs on a wooden fence in front of blighted property owned by Dale Kass at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131), just north of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Reynolds Township, state at a loss to clean up blighted property

There’s a million dollar property in Reynolds Township, and not the kind that you want on the tax roll. The property at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131) in Howard City is home to more than 9,000 cubic yards of waste, much of which remains obvious to passing motorists despite a wooden fence.


IN BRIEF: Dog kennel debate back on the table

Montcalm County’s dog kennel ordinance was discussed in committee — again — today and will go back to committee — again — next month.

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Ice fishers urged to use caution on lakes amid fluctuating temps

Just call Bill Hacker the ice man. The owner of Wet Willy’s Bait & Tackle in Crystal has been fielding numerous phone calls from customers wondering if the ice on local lakes is thick enough for ice fishing.


JUST IN: CMET makes marijuana, heroin busts in Greenville, Ionia

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) arrested an out-of-state suspect during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver near Greenville on Thursday.
This was part of an ongoing CMET investigation involving a subject coming to Michigan and setting up medical marijuana grow operations with the intent to take the marijuana back out of state to sell.