Montcalm County is quickly becoming The Right Place for economic development. The Montcalm Economic Alliance has raised more than $150,000 to hire a business development coordinator for the next three years with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.
The outdated, but reliable 35-millimeter projector at the Crystal Box Office Theatre has likely played its final film. Last Monday, theater owner Roger Gooding made the difficult decision to shut the doors of the business, after months of declining attendance and ticket sales.
It may be believed that superheroes only exist in a comic books and movies, but there was no evidence of that when 40 students, many dressed in superhero attire, arrived at Montcalm Community College for Deaf Pride Day on Friday.
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.
Incumbent Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan successfully defeated Democratic challenger Fred Sprague of Alma in Tuesday’s election.
Throughout a district covering four counties, Emmons received 36,416 votes while Sprague received 27,234 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent.
A millage renewal that will provide Montcalm Community College (MCC) with approximately $25 million in funding over 10 years was approved by voters Tuesday.
The millage passed with 11,928 “yes” votes to 8,051 “no” votes, or 60 to 40 percent.
State House incumbent Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, easily defeated his democratic challenger James Hoisington, D-Stanton, in Tuesday’s election.
Outman received 13,372 votes to Hoisington’s 8,282 votes, or 62 to 38 percent.
The sitting judge of Montcalm County 64B District Court was handily returned to the bench by voters Tuesday.
Judge Donald Hemingsen won the non-partisan election with 9,407 votes, compared to challenger Kathleen Dunne’s 4,568 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.
The incumbent Montcalm County commissioner for District 3 was overwhelmingly re-elected Tuesday.
Betty Kellenberger, R-Carson City, received 1,029 votes compared to challenger Nancy Jeffrey, D-Sheridan, who received 608 votes, or 63 percent to 37 percent.
Voters in Montcalm County threw their support for road commissioner to Republican incumbent and Greenville resident Dale Linton with 10,085 votes for 61 percent of the vote.
Linton beat out Democratic challenger Shane Jacobs who garnered 6,293 votes or 38 percent.