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‘Apathy’ blamed for 41 percent voter turnout in Montcalm County

More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.

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Lyons holds onto 86th District seat

Voters returned 86th District Republican candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons to her post in Tuesday’s election.

Lyons beat out Democratic challenger Lynn Mason of Otisco Township by a vote of 20,273 to 10,518 with 41 of 41 precincts reporting.

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Cooper defeats Belding councilman Feuerstein in recall vote

After serving three years of his five-year term as councilman of this city, Joe Feuerstein will now exit his seat after losing to challenger Dennis Cooper in a special recall election.

Cooper received 587 votes to Feuerstein’s 385 votes, or 54 to 35 percent.

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Bridge boost: $275,000 grant helps Whites Bridge rebuilding efforts

Just when supporters behind the efforts to rebuild Whites Bridge thought things may be losing steam, a government grant is helping the think-tank stay strong.

On Oct. 13, the Whites Bridge Historical Society received word that the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Grand Region Bridge Council approved a $275,000 grant.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Sara Shriver recently received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists. — Courtesy photo

Belding superintendent receives statewide honor

After more than two years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver’s effort’s are being applauded statewide.

On Oct. 1, Shriver received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MAS/FPS).

Pastor Ken Harger of Orleans Township continues to record his religious sermons from his lighthouse on Long Lake to be aired on the radio and on the Internet. His show, which has now aired for 35 years, is on every Sunday morning on both WGLM in Greenville and WION in Ionia. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pastor Ken Harger reflects on 35 years of local radio sermons

In his youth, those who knew Ken Harger were lucky to hear a whisper or a single audible word from the shy, embarrassed boy with a speech impediment. A lifetime later, Harger’s unique voice and powerful spiritual messages can be heard all over the world, a transformation he says was guided by the grace of God.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

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Homes for Our Troops to break ground on Belding home for injured Marine

The national nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops will kick off the building of a specially adapted home at 11 a.m. Saturday for Marine Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill

The groundbreaking ceremony is an introductory event to welcome Thrailkill to the community and celebrate the building of his new home. The event will be held at 12411 7 Mile Road NE in Belding. The public is invited to attend.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, City Clerk Kareen Thomas and City Manager Meg Mullendore meet in open session after the city council performed Mullendore's 18-month evalaution Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council says city manager is improving

This city manager’s evaluations have been a roller coaster ride during her 18 months at the helm.
The Belding City Council went into a three-hour closed session meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Meg Mullendore’s 18 month review. In open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson revealed that Mullendore has made progress from her previous assessment in April.