Elisabeth Waldon

This year’s Harvest Festival court includes, front, Princess Lauren Senn; back row from left, first runner-up Hannah Ringler, Queen Bridgette Pollaski and second runner-up Hope Gommensen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County senior named Howard City Harvest Festival queen

Bridgette Pollaski had some reservations about entering her first pageant, in this case the contest for Harvest Festival queen.

“The word pageant made me hesitant, as all I could picture were Barbie doll girls, mascara tears and helicopter moms,” she told an amused audience during Monday evening’s pageant at Heritage United Methodist Church just south of Howard City.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

Judge Charles Simon III appeared on behalf of Montcalm County Juvenile Court on Monday to ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to amend the budget by $162,000 to accommodate the court’s child care fund budget, which is projected to go over budget this current fiscal year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board approves more expenses as deficit looms

Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.

Scott Vukin of Pierson Township, at far left, expresses concerns to Rep. John Moolenaar at far right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Moolenaar and constituents talk GMOs, budget and the next president

About a dozen residents had a chance to share an intimate conversation with their local Congressman on Friday afternoon.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with constituents at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton, where topics touched upon a variety of issues, including GMOs, Bridge cards, the national budget deficit and November’s presidential election.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.

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Voters renew Montcalm County EMS millage

Montcalm County voters overwhelmingly approved renewing an emergency services millage Tuesday. The final vote was 6,590 “yes” votes (72 percent) to 2,552 “no” votes (28 percent).

Ron Schafer

Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams monitors primary election results online with his wife, Jeni, at their Sidney-area home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters choose Williams as next Montcalm County sheriff

The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.

Ron Schafer

JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Mike Williams

JUST IN: Voters elect Williams next Montcalm County sheriff

With 30 of 30 precincts reporting, voters have elected Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams the next sheriff of Montcalm County.