A proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office continues to move forward. The proposal will be discussed at Monday’s Montcalm County’s Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting, when commissioners are presented with a potential contract between the county and the village, according to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.
This village’s president voiced concern about snowplowing and the cemetery at the most recent Edmore Village Council meeting Dec. 9. Village President Chet Guild began his list of concerns by bringing up snowplowing and referring to where he believed the Department of Public Works was falling short.
A former funeral home employee who plead to embezzlement charges will be allowed to withdraw his pleas.
Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.
Local emergency officials helped deliver a baby last Saturday afternoon at a Howard City home. An ambulance and Rescue 29 unit responded to a report of a pregnant woman with back pain at 1:21 p.m. Soon after officials arrived, they realized the 19-year-old woman was actually in labor.
The Montcalm County treasurer wants delinquent taxpayers to know help is available. In the past, the Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office has granted one-year extensions on properties in danger of foreclosure. According to Treasurer JoAnne Vukin, this involved a detailed application process, including income specifics and expense statements.
The past year has been full of changes for a local community substance abuse prevention coalition — including a new name and a new coordinator. The group formerly known as Drug Free Montcalm now bears the moniker YOUTHINK Montcalm, a play on words with a focus on local youth. The coalition is a branch of Cherry Street Health Services.
Bullying is all too common among children, whether it’s a humiliating prank, hurtful rumors or physical pain. Bullying amongst adults isn’t all that different … or uncommon.
With apologies to Malcolm Rebennack Jr., better known as Dr. John, members of the Montcalm Alliance were “in The Right Place … but it must have been the wrong time …” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners didn’t vote for or against a millage request from the Montcalm Alliance on Monday, deciding instead to send the proposal to a public hearing next month.
Another word for alliance is accord, meaning to be in harmony. But not everyone is singing the same tune when it comes to an economic development millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance.