In 1976, MarkRavell, Robby Walker, brothers Dave and Keith Martin and other Ronald Township residents wanted to help the community by establishing a fire department. Forty years later, Ravell, Walker and the Martins are in their 60s, but they still go on fire calls and protect the community.
Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.
After 22 years of functioning with a goal to improve its downtown district, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are hoping they still have a future. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, acting DDA Chairman David Wight presented the board with recommendations going forward after the resignation of three DDA members.
The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.
Members of the Crystal Township Board may soon have a proposal in front of them to accept dedicated police coverage through a contract with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.
Voters in three Montcalm County townships and the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district approved a handful of fire, road and school millage ballot proposals Tuesday.
A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.
Republican candidate Jim Lower of Cedar Lake defeated Democratic challenger Ken Hart of Alma in Tuesday’s race for 70th District state representative.
Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.
A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.