Local artists are utilizing a variety of unique mediums for this year’s ArtPrize, including copper, silver and gold, stained glass mosaics and hornet nests. More than 1,450 entries have been submitted to be on display at more than 160 venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids starting Wednesday through Oct. 9. Winning prizes totaling $500,000 will be awarded (half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of experts).
The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.
Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.
Longtime Crystal residents Ron and Rhoda Massanari never expected to win a raffle for a giant playhouse, but now that they have, they’re looking for a way to give back to their home community. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Ron asked members of the board if they would be open to the idea of accepting the nautical-themed playhouse, which was built in the shape of a large ship.
Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve its annual automatic mutual aid agreement with Carson City.
Dec. 7, 1941, served as a day that thrust the United States into a war in which thousands of Americans sacrificed their lives so we could live free today. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on that date, young soldiers such as Private First Class Rolland J. Hill — a Carson City farm boy who could best be described as a bit of a class clown with a deep passion for baseball — were summoned to fight overseas.
The Carson City-Crystal High School varsity soccer team was created in 2014, but now entering its third season this upcoming spring, the program will depend on participation.
Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.
That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.
Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.
In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.
When the Hill family was informed of a storm heading their way with the potential to produce a tornado, they wisely left their trailer and sought shelter with nearby family.
Jason and Carla Hill and their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, were safe with Carla’s parents on Aug. 20 as they waited out the storm, but when they returned to their home at 9232 E. Colby Road, things quickly changed for the worse.