Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, and newly elected Village President Michael Kotenko are excited to work side by side as the village is experiencing growth, improvements and new businesses. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.

MAISD to benefit from 3-year sex ed grant

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has been awarded a grant that was given to only 19 other districts nationwide.

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant provides sexual risk avoidance education for special education students in self-contained classrooms, which have smaller groups of students.

Montcalm County Parks & Rec Committee fails to have quorum

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee was scheduled to discuss and vote on the topics of park closure and adopt-a-park applications Tuesday morning.

However, the committee was unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.

Montcalm County millage exploration group to meet Jan. 18

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, January 6th, 2017

Animals, conservation, 4-H, parks and veterans.

These five topics may not share the same audience or interest in Montcalm County, but they all have one common need: Funding.

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey displays her first-place medal at the Division 4 state track championships at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella senior Kensi Garvey finally got what she had long hoped for. Garvey finished first at the Division 4 state track finals at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday in the 800-meter run, making her a state champion and an all-state runner for the third time. Garvey ran two laps in 2:21.58, beating Colette Lark of Adrian Lenawee Christian by almost a second.

Lakeview shakes off snow-day rust to earn fifth win

Posted in: High School, High School Thursday, January 19th, 2017

It’s been a work in progress all season for Pete Wurm to find consistency for his Lakeview boys basketball team, but the Wildcats put together a solid 52-31 win against Montabella Wednesday.

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Central Montcalm gets home court win over Montabella, but still not satisfied

Posted in: High School, High School Thursday, December 15th, 2016

It is a sign of a good team when players from the winning team aren’t satisfied with just a dominating win. The Central Montcalm girls basketball team took control of Tuesday night’s game against the Montabella Mustangs early to earn its fourth victory of the year with a 53-20 win, but Bree Brasington wasn’t happy with her team’s performance despite the win.

  • Construction progress being made on old Edmore bag factory

    Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local

    Edmore Downtown Development Authority President Jack Miller wanted to show local officials the progress that has been made at the old General Bag Corp. factory building.

    Incoming 70th District State Rep.-elect (and former Edmore village manager) Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, and outgoing Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, recently toured the facility with Miller.

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  • Montcalm County seeks legal opinion regarding election stipend

    Thursday, December 29th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Montcalm County officials requested and received a legal opinion to clarify whether the county clerk can be paid an annual stipend for election programming.

    Earlier this month, as she has done every year since 2008, Clerk Kristen Millard requested the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approve a $7,000 stipend be paid to her for her work in programming county elections, as the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description.

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  • Vestaburg to authorize new cyber school

    Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    A new cyber school is coming to West Michigan at the start of the new year, thanks to Vestaburg Community Schools and Success Virtual Learning Centers (VLC). But the new school won’t be in Montcalm County … it will be in Muskegon.

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  • Montcalm County officials sworn into office

    Saturday, December 24th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    The 8th Judicial Circuit Courtroom was filled with a standing-room-only audience for a festive ceremony Thursday afternoon.

    Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger swore multiple Montcalm County officials into office, including newly elected Sheriff Mike Williams, who will succeed retiring Sheriff Bill Barnwell.

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