Elisabeth Waldon

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Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired

This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.

Mark Crawfis was recently named the new fire chief of the Carson City Fire Department. He has been assistant fire chief for the past 10 years and a firefighter for 15 years. — Courtesy photo

Carson City chooses new fire chief

Mark Crawfis has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for almost 30 years, a Carson City firefighter for 15 years and the assistant fire chief for 10 years.

It was only natural that he would be appointed the new fire chief.

Montcalm

WALDON’S PONDERINGS: A dramatic jailhouse escape … and recapture

Three inmates of the Montcalm County Jail engineered a dramatic escape from their cell by fashioning a skeleton key out of a tin tobacco box, only to be captured in a huckleberry swamp several miles away.

That was the big news locally 100 years ago this week in the Greenville Independent.

Vestaburg

Vestaburg Community Days returns this weekend

The Vestaburg Community Days festival continues to grow as it returns for a third year of celebrating the town’s history.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Mogdis resigns after leading the Montcalm Alliance for 17 years

The executive director of the Montcalm Alliance presented his final quarterly economic development report to county officials Monday morning in that capacity. Franz Mogdis is stepping down as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, listens as Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs the most recent council meeting on July 14. — File photo

Edmore Village Council refuses to recognize manager, hires attorney

Village President Chet Guild waited until almost an hour into Monday night’s meeting to drop the bomb. A woman in the audience questioned why the Edmore Village Council had skipped over the manager’s report on the meeting agenda.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

JUST IN: Longtime Montcalm Alliance executive director resigns

The longtime leader of Montcalm County’s economic development is stepping down as the organization heads in a new direction.

Franz Mogdis is resigning as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Popular sheriff weds popular girl in Montcalm County

The Montcalm County sheriff wed a “popular” young woman from Stanton one century ago, as was reported on the front page of the Greenville Independent in a rather breathless article.

“Society circles at the County Seat were given a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning when Miss Ella L. Palmer, daughter of attorney and Mrs. L.C. Palmer, was united in marriage to William E. Rasmussen, Montcalm County’s sheriff,” stated the article from the week of June 30.

Tad DeBerg

‘He lived life by his heart’: 22-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

The DeBerg family shared a picture perfect day Fourth of July together. Tim and Amy and their children, Tad and Tori, and Tad’s son Emmett went out for dinner to celebrate Tim’s birthday. They went to a park and played with Emmett. They went home and had cake and ice cream.

Ashley Drake

‘She enjoyed life to the fullest’: 22-year-old woman killed in motorcycle accident

Ashley Drake was an intoxicating mixture of bubbly and bullheaded. She loved writing and fishing. She loved 4-H and her dog, Riley. And she loved a good adventure.