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Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker is pictured at the scene of a fire in September 2012. — File photo

Oakfield Township fire chief placed on probation

This township’s fire chief has been placed on probation due to multiple issues and complaints. The Oakfield Township Board voted 5-2 at their March 11 meeting to place Fire Chief Don Riker on probation for six months.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.

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Hoisington announces run against Outman

A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Is the Carson City Gazette still ‘a fine publication’?

Now that past issues of our newspaper have been digitally archived and are available for more accessible search and perusal, I thought I would try to start writing a regular local history column.

My hope is to take a look back at local history and relate those old stories to our present day and age with the goal of providing context and perspective for the ongoing and unfolding stories of our local communities.

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Carson City Community Recognition Night to honor local veteran

The Carson City Lions Club will be hosting the 21st annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Tuesday night

The event will be held at St Mary’s Hall in Carson City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing and the program will start at 7 p.m. The event usually lasts a little more than an hour and is open to the public. Admission is free and dress is casual.

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UPDATE: Fatal accident victims identified after Lakeview crash

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has released the names of three men involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning near Lakeview. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post responded to the crash at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Road near Lakeview around 10:25 a.m.

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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.

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Vestaburg school superintendent takes job at Jackson Public Schools

Jeff Beal is returning to his alma mater as its new leader.

The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School resigned Monday effective June 30. He will take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools starting July 1.

The village of Hubbardston will host "the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade" at noon Monday. — File photo

Village of Hubbardston preparing for St. Patrick’s Day

This tiny Irish village will once again shine as it plays host to annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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‘Serious issue:’ Economic development talks persist

Montcalm County government contributes less annually to economic development than five other neighboring counties.
That’s according to Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township who presented those statistics at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee meeting.