Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, listens as Village President Karl Kluwe expresses his thoughts on raising the community’s water rate during Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water rate to increase by 7.2%

Residents of Edmore are about to see a rise in their monthly water bill, but it’s a step deemed necessary by Village Council members to prepare for future expenditures. At Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve a raise in percentage at 7.2 percent for the township’s water rate, beginning with the June 2015 billing cycle.

Visible rust spots and faded paint have led to members of the Edmore Village Council to vote on a new paint job for the village’s water tower, which will occur this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water tower to get new paint job

With fading discolored blotches and growing areas of visible rust, the Edmore’s water tower will finally receive a new paint job this summer. After a year of weighing its options, members of the Edmore Village Council voted to approve a fresh paint job of the village’s water tower during Monday evening’s village council meeting.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Crooks Potato Farms rebuilding after devastating New Year’s Eve fire

The Crooks families may have ended last year on a tragic note, but they are moving forward full of hope and ambition.

A New Year’s Eve fire destroyed six storage buildings and the contents within at one of Montcalm County’s largest potato farms on the last day of last year. Sixteen fire departments responded to the blaze at 5450 N. Musson Road. Smoke could be seen miles away from the farm, which is located about seven miles southwest of Edmore and nine miles northwest of Stanton.

Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer may become a sheriff’s deputy if a proposal to merge the Edmore Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is approved by the Edmore Village Council and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Police Department may merge with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

One year ago, the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. Next month, another village police department may do the same.

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze Sunday evening at a Belvidere Township home, three miles west of Edmore. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belvidere home goes up in flames, no one hurt

A mother and son are now without a home after a fire completely destroyed their residence Sunday evening.

The General Bag Corp. building in Edmore may soon receive a major renovation and again be open for business to dozens of local vendors if a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is approved. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MEDC offers $650,000 in funds to rehabilitate Edmore ‘Bag Building’

For five years, village leaders have clung tightly to a dream of restoring one of this community’s oldest standing properties, one that, in a much older time, served as a thriving beacon of business. But how does one translate such a dream into reality?

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Prisoner re-entry initiative aims to help parolees become success stories

One might think the most violent offenders are being encouraged to come to town and run about unchecked, according to repeated comments voiced by audience members at recent Edmore Village Council meetings. Those rumors are incorrect, as rumors often are.

New Edmore Village President Karl Kluwe opened Monday’s regular meeting by congratulating the new members to council and welcoming James Lower to his first official meeting as the new village manager. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

5, including 4 new members, sworn into Edmore Village Council

Four new members and one returning member were sworn into office at Monday evening’s Edmore Village Council meeting. New members who won a seat on council in the Nov. 4 election were Karl Kluwe, who is the new president, and Jamie Ballard, Bonnie Davis and Phil Kohn, along with incumbent Karen Deja.

Newly hired Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, signs his official contract with the village Tuesday evening as Village President Chet Guild watches after having signed the contract himself. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Ionia County commissioner accepts Edmore village manager job

After nearly three months without a village manager, this community has now found a man ready and willing to take the reigns with a goal to move it forward.