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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders were Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”


Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.


Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.

This entry, titled “Wild Cats,” is from Skyler Brown, 10, and is part of the top 10 in the Baldwin Heights Elementary ArtPrize competition that features work from all the students in the fifth grade. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Baldwin Heights Elementary School students have fun with art competition

ArtPrize is finished, votes are tallied and winners have been announced. That hasn’t stopped students at Baldwin Heights Elementary School from feeling the joy, however. Fifth grade students at Baldwin Heights have been hosting their own version of ArtPrize for the third year in a row.

Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead updated Montcalm County commissioners on her department’s status on Monday after Animal Control received a 33 percent budget cut. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control deals with budget cuts by reducing hours, staff

Reduced hours, reduced staff, reduced services.

Montcalm County Animal Control is running as such after a 33 percent budget cut by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

IM Fostering Hope collects items and puts together backpacks for children transitioning in the foster care system in Montcalm and Ionia counties. — Courtesy photo

IM Fostering Hope aims to help foster families

Last year, more than 160 children in Montcalm and Ionia counties entered the foster care system, and IM Fostering Hope is hoping to make the transition easier for those children.

The group has put together backpacks with hygiene items, pajamas, comfort items, blankets, socks and underwear. The goal is to make the first night of transition easier on the children and the foster families.

Paul Joseph Green, 47, of Gowen, and Brandy Joe Sisco, 33, of Elwell.

JUST IN: Couple arrested for breaking into Crystal storage unit

Two people are out on bond accused of a breaking and entering that occurred in early September.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of a break in that occurred at a storage unit in Crystal Township.


Oct. 28 is write-in deadline for November election

Anyone wishing to run for an elected position for county, city, township or village races in November’s general election can still do so as a write-in. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at your local county clerk’s office. Candidates must file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, which can be obtained from a county clerk’s office.

Roxanne Genson, a resident of Carson City and a parent of students within the school district, addresses a complaint to members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education about the district’s administration during the Sept. 12 school board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fired CC-C teacher wants investigation, school board declines

A former substitute teacher claims there is an atmosphere of negativity at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, but the school board has declined to take action on her allegations.

Roxanne Genson, a resident of Carson City and a parent of students within the school district, approached the school board during the Sept. 12 meeting, asking them to look into administrative decisions made by Superintendent Kevin Murphy.


Hubbardston civil trial scheduled for day before Nov. 8 election

A lawsuit and countersuit between the village of Hubbardston and members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board, after repeated postponements, is currently scheduled to go to trial the day before the general election.

A civil bench trial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ionia County’s 64A District Court.