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