Elisabeth Waldon

Judge Donald Hemingsen

Hemingsen leads judge vote, will face Dunne in November election

Montcalm County 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemingsen easily took the majority of the votes in Tuesday’s primary election. The longtime judge was challenged for his seat on the bench by Greenville attorney Kathleen Dunne and Stanton attorney Ronald Finegood.

Hopeful bidders filled the Sheridan Community Center on Monday for the Ionia/Montcalm county minimum bid land auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Bidders take a leap of faith at Ionia/Montcalm county land auction

Hopeful bidders at Monday’s annual Ionia/Montcalm county land auction ranged from the novice (“I am so scared,” admitted Sue Keift) to the experienced (“You really need to do your homework,” advised Brett Freeman).

Kathleen Dunne

ELECTION PREVIEW: 2 candidates running against current judge

Two local attorneys are looking to unseat the longtime judge of Montcalm County’s 64B District Court in Tuesday’s primary election. Kathleen Dunne of Greenville and Ronald Finegood of Stanton are both vying for the position currently held by Judge Donald Hemingsen of Sheridan.

Ken Hart

ELECTION PREVIEW: Democrats Hart and Hoisington hoping to face off against Outman

Two Democrats are facing off in the primary election for a chance to unseat the 70th District state representative incumbent in the general election. Ken Hart of Alma and James Hoisington of Stanton are vying for the Democratic win on Tuesday with the hope of besting current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November.

Peter Konetchy

ELECTION PREVIEW: 3 vying for open 4th District seat

Three Republicans are facing off in Tuesday’s primary election to see who will go up against a Democrat in the general election for the open 4th Congressional District seat. Longtime Congressman Dave Camp is not pursuing re-election to the 4th District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan, including 15 counties: Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Wexford.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

Police officers aren’t the only ones who love doughnuts. Edmore Youth Academy participants included, front row from left, Matthew Gehoski of Sheridan, Lane Lingeman of Sheridan, Ben Rogers of Edmore, Dawson Wheeler of Edmore; back row from left, Edmore Police Officer Sarah Chamberlain, Christopher Rogers of Edmore, Aiden Adkins of Carson City, Rylee Warchuck of Six Lakes, Jazmyn Warchuck of Ruth, Bryce Withey of Edmore, Rachel Peterson of Edmore, Laura Boerma of Edmore, Christina Rogers of Edmore and Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Police Department’s first Youth Academy a success

This village’s police department is taking community policing to a whole new level. The first ever Edmore Youth Academy wrapped up Wednesday. Thirteen youths from ages 8 to 14 participated in the first session in mid-July while 10 youths participated in the second session, which ended Wednesday. The youths hailed from Blanchard, Carson City, Cedar Lake, Edmore, Howard City, Sheridan, Six Lakes and Stanton.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, looks on while Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs a recent meeting. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Edmore village manager stepping down amid dispute

This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is extending The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease through December 2030. The center in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners extend lease for Behavioral Health Center

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to extend The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease, despite objections from the commissioners’ own chairman. The Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. It also provides emergency services to anyone in the community 24/7.