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The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Officials unhappy about plan to spread crushed limestone on White Pine Trail

Plans are underway to line almost half of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail with crushed limestone instead of paved asphalt — and Montcalm County residents are not pleased. The north to south White Pine Trail is about 90 miles long from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in Tustin, Leroy, Ashton, Reed City, Paris, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Morley, Howard City, Pierson, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Rockford and Belmont.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

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JUST IN: Ionia County votes to leave four-county Michigan Works agency

In a split vote, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted to leave their four-county Michigan Works agency and to give Region 4′s yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency a try.

A motion to have Ionia County stay with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which provides employment services to Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — failed in a 3-4 vote tonight, effectively ending CAMWC.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approves EMS requests

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple requests from the county’s Emergency Medical Services department during their monthly meeting today.

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Sidney Township still waiting on answers after homicide, home invasions

It’s been one month since a Sidney Township man was found slain in his home amidst multiple home invasions in the Nevins Lake neighborhood. Alan “Dale” Nelson, 80, was found in his house at 591 Nelson Drive on March 30. His home had been broken into, along with three other cottages on the lake. Nelson lived alone and was home by himself at the time of the attack. Police have not yet released the cause of Nelson’s death.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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Grace Community Church marks 20 years in Howard City

Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation’s preeminent priest and professor of theology, once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
The congregation of Grace Community Church also chooses to stake their confidence on grace.

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Former Detroit punk rocker to speak about award-winning book at Carson City library

A Michigan Notable Book Award winner — and former Detroit punk rocker — will make an appearance at Carson City Public Library on Saturday. Sean Madigan Hoen, a native of Dearborn, is the author of “Songs Only You Know,” a searing memoir detailing his growing-up years amidst themes of addiction, depression, the music industry and family love and loss.

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Oakfield Township Board declines Kent District Library’s offer

The Oakfield Township Board has declined a request from Kent District Library to partner with township officials to offer library services to the community. The reason? The Kent District Library’s voter-approved “ungodly big millage increase,” according to the Oakfield Township supervisor.

Irish Fest founder Clare Cunningham, right, is pictured with Hubbardston Area Historical Society Chairwoman Joanne Burns Howard. The annual Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will take place April 17 in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston’s Irish Fest founder to be honored April 17

This year’s Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will be dedicated to a very special person … the festival’s founder.

Clare Cunningham, who died last November, joined the Hubbardston Area Historical Society soon after its creation in 2002. Cunningham organized a fundraiser for the historical society in 2007, which has become an annually anticipated event each April in Hubbardston. This year the event is set for April 17.