Elisabeth Waldon


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?


Village of Hubbardston countersues Community Center Board members

The village of Hubbardston is countersuing members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board as a trial date approaches.

Members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board filed a lawsuit last December against the village in a claim and delivery case. A civil trial is set for April 11 in 64A District Court in Ionia.

The Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton houses the Building Department, Clerk’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Drain Commissioner’s Office and Register of Deeds Office, among others. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County needs new email system, health department needs new roof

One has to do with technology and one has to do with construction, but both are high priority items for Montcalm County. However, funding is a major problem.

The Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton was built in 1910 and originally served as the county courthouse. The current building was  funded by a voter-approved bond in 1907 and constructed after a 1905 fire that destroyed the county’s first courthouse. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners prepare to make budget cuts

Budget cuts are coming to Montcalm County. The question is, how and where? Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal on March 8 by 58 to 42 percent. If it had been approved, the funds would have gone toward balancing the county’s $230,000 budget deficit as well as restoring some county services. Now what?

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McBride man found dead in home amid ‘suspicious’ circumstances

Matthew Reed’s pickup truck remains where he parked it two weeks ago. The silver Chevy with rust around the edges is stationed next to Reed’s white house at 2028 Royal Street at the corner of Division and Royal in the village of McBride.


Montcalm County officials OK Crystal Lake variance

Montcalm County commissioners on Monday approved a variance request for a construction project on Crystal Lake. The request was considered and approved after a public hearing by Montcalm County’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee.

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Ionia County prosecutor named 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

The longtime Ionia County prosecutor has been appointed to fill a vacant judicial seat in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Monday he has appointed Ron Schafer as the new 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge.


BREAKING: Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death in McBride

MCBRIDE — The Michigan State Police are investigating a suspicious death in the small village of McBride.

A Montcalm County sheriff's deputy looks at an 14-foot section of a power line pole that split off from the pole after a car crashed through it on Saturday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

UPDATE: Rockford woman in critical condition after car crashes through pole

A woman is in critical condition after her car crashed through a power line pole before the woman was flung from her car Saturday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene in the 16000 block of W. Almy Road at the curve known as Balmy Road where Bailey Road meets Almy Road.

This car crashed through a power line pole and rolled some distance before coming to rest in a resident's yard in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

JUST IN: Car crashes through power line pole, woman flung from vehicle

A woman failed to negotiate a curve and crashed her car through a power line pole before she was flung from her vehicle tonight.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene around 8:15 p.m. on Balmy Road — the curve of Almy and Bailey roads south of M-46.