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The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a pay raise for Luke Sawyer, who will be replacing outgoing chief of police and village manager Karl Kluwe as police chief. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Village Council chooses new police chief

Outgoing Edmore village manager and chief of police Karl Kluwe has announced his choice for his replacement on the Edmore Police Department. When Kluwe retires at the end of April, Luke Sawyer — a two-year veteran of the department — will step into the chief’s shoes.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard and Richland Township farmer Donald Beach attended Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to discuss Beach’s condemned property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Condemned farm issue drags on at county and township level

A condemned farm that has Richland Township neighbors up in arms is in the process of being referred from the county back to the township … again. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the full board refer the issue back to township officials. The full board will vote on the recommendation at the next regular meeting on April 22.

A surveillance photo of the alleged robber.

Police searching for Edmore bank robber

A man who allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning remains on the loose

Karl Kluwe is retiring as Edmore’s village manager and police chief on May 3. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore police chief/village manager to retire in May

Karl Kluwe is giving himself a special birthday present this year. Kluwe will be retiring as Edmore’s police chief and village manager on May 3, the day he celebrates his 60th birthday.

The Montcalm County Animal Control building in Stanton will soon by painted by a local 4-H group and the name on the building will also be changed from “Shelter” to “Control.” — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control building to be painted by 4-H group

It’s Animal Control, not Animal Shelter. Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Sova Hollinshead appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday to request permission for the Animal Control building to be painted.

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State Rep. Rick Outman sworn in to House after re-election

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.

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Roofing, drainage, elevation almost complete at future outdoor market

Slow and steady. That’s how Edmore village officials have been approaching a longterm project to transform a historic former factory into a year-round market and tourism destination.

Vestaburg’s Austin Myers, right, is chased out of the pocket by Muskegon Catholic Central’s Ian Taylor during the second quarter of the teams’ Division 8 playoff game Friday night.

Turnovers lead to loss for Vestaburg against ‘bigger, faster, Muskegon CC

Vestaburg’s football team ran into one of the toughest opponents in Division 8 Friday night. “They’re bigger, stronger, faster,” Wolverine coach Dan Ryckman said. “They” were Vestaburg’s first round opponent, Muskegon Catholic Central, which dominated Vestaburg 61-8 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

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Vestaburg needs overtime to down Montabella 30-24 (Video and Gallery)

Vestaburg’s football team may have blown a lead in their game against Montabella, but they still got the win. The Wolverines got a touchdown from Christian Benavedes to beat the Mustangs 30-24 in overtime Friday night to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.

Many are confused about specific elements of the Montabella Community School’s new grading policy. A crowd of nearly 50 people viewed a PowerPoint presentation and addressed concerns to school administration. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella hosts meetings to discuss new grading policy

Nearly 50 concerned parents of Montabella Community Schools students attended a public forum at the school Thursday to address concerns about the district’s newly implemented schoolwide standards-based grading policy. “I’m actually pleased to know parents have questions about the policy,” said Superintendent Shelly Millis in her opening statement. “That means they’re concerned about their kids and what’s going on at school.”