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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only this past May, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) were beaming with enthusiasm over local plans and improvements.
Now the organization finds itself preparing to restructure.
Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.
Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted 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.
Two years ago, the Michigan Department of Education moved from the 44-year-old MEAP standardized test to the M-STEP, a test that is partly based on common core standards. The M-STEP is widely recognized by educators as a more rigorous test with high expectations for students.
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).