Many people have voiced opinions about a proposed economic development millage, but in the end it was silence that made the decision. After a 39-minute public hearing Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners declined to vote on a property tax increase to fund the Montcalm Alliance using Michigan’s Public Act 88, which would bypass a vote of the people.
The new wording on a proposed secondhand dealers ordinance should leave local antique dealers breathing a sigh of relief. Antique dealers comprised a major portion of the audience during a Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting last October, during which commissioners heard overwhelming dissent against the proposed ordinance.
As the national economy remains in an uncertain state and people struggle to find work and pay the bills, local food and baby pantries quietly continue to operate, offering a critical service to the community.
Dec. 7, 1941, a date that, according to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, would live in infamy. It also was a date that would forever change the face of America. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military brought the United States into a war upon which the country would eventually expend 418,500 lives, most of them young men.
Twenty years ago, a major surveying project got underway in Montcalm County. The Montcalm Remonumentation Program was part of a statewide effort starting in 1993 with the goal of preserving history, protecting cadastral surveys (maps showing boundaries or property lines) and promoting professional surveying practices, according to William Tingley of Tingley & Associates, a land surveying and engineering service in Stanton. Tingley has a contract for the remonumentation of Gratiot and Montcalm counties.
The Duck Lake Improvement Board is starting off the new year by looking at Duck Lake differently than any other lake board in Montcalm County and board members are hoping their new approach pays off.
A Carson City man was arrested after allegedly causing a series of drug-fueled car crashes Wednesday afternoon, leaving a teenage girl injured.
In an effort to be more timely with its auditing processes, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will now be operating with a new auditing firm. After a unanimous board vote at Tuesday evening’s Carson City-Crystal school board meeting, Maner Costerisan of Lansing will now handle auditing duties for the district for two years.
It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.
Possible reckless driving and slippery road conditions have resulted in two expensive replacements for Crystal Township. Within the span of one week, two decorative light poles on W. Lake Street were damaged in two separate car accidents, in which each pole was damaged beyond repair.