A county drain in downtown Crystal is more than 112 years old and has reached the point where action must be taken. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted at the Nov. 13 meeting to approve a resolution that will allow Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines to replace the outdated drain and restore proper flow.
This year has been a draining but productive one for the Montcalm County Drain Commission. Sandy Raines was elected drain commissioner last November. According to Raines, her office has either started or completed 10 major drain projects throughout the county this year.
The multiple courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties are about to be consolidated underneath one chief judge. Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. His new appointment will take effect Jan. 1.
When one peeks at the horizon of what could be in the future for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district, an enticing list of improvements begins to reveal itself. A new gymnasium? Additional classrooms? Technology and equipment upgrades?
A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website (montcalmalliance.com) and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.
Only scarce details remain about the life of a Carson City-area Civil War veteran. Abraham Boyer was born Sept. 19, 1831. He was married twice — once to Elizabeth Shell and later to Harriett Granger. He had two children, Charles and Nancy. When he was 31 years old, he enlisted with the Grand Army of the Republic with the 5th Ohio Calvalry Company E from June 19, 1863, until he was discharged on Feb. 15, 1864.
A special Veterans Day ceremony will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Carson City-Crystal High School east gymnasium.
Tuesday’s election saw an assortment of newcomers and familiar faces voted into office in Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton.
The cities of Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton will elect or re-elect officials for various positions on Tuesday. There won’t be any candidate names printed on Carson City’s ballot, but there are five write-in candidates vying for seats.
While the government and those seeking healthcare through the recently enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to fiddle around with the problematic healthcare marketplace website, health officials in Montcalm and Gratiot counties are taking their own initiative in trying to lower costs and improve quality of services.