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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

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‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

This year’s Potato Festival Parade featured a large number of lovingly restored antique tractors. — Daily News/

Effort in Edmore’s Potato Festival ‘pays off’ for 2015

Organizers put a great deal of work into this year’s Potato Festival. This past weekend, that effort paid off in spades as hundreds of locals and visitors alike gathered to honor the noble tuber, a staple of the area’s economy for decades.

Those responsible for successfully obtaining a grant for the old bag factory in Edmore include, front row from left, Edmore Village Councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh, Bonnie Davis and Karen Deja; back row from left, Edmore Village Councilman Jamie Ballard, Village President Karl Kluwe and Village Manager James Lower. Not pictured are village councilmen Eddie Adams and Philip Kohn. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village. Village Manager James Lower on Wednesday announced that Edmore has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for the old General Bag Corp. building.

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Edmore’s Potato Fest ready to make a comeback

There was a time when the annual Potato Festival was a Really Big Deal. If organizer Sandy Jordan has her way, that’s going to be the case again, starting with this year’s festivities, which get underway today through Sunday.

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JUST IN: Edmore bag factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower today announced the village has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the old General Bag Corp. building.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

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Civil War-era human bones discovered buried in downtown Edmore

A new homeowner’s attempt to unclog a sewer line led to the discovery of Civil War-era human bones and a full-blown archeology expedition this week in downtown Edmore.

Michael and Brandy Poling moved from Lansing to Edmore last winter. Their home at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) was built in 1867 and the couple got a good deal on the purchase.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore talks with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, after Thurwachter appealed Montcalm County Animal Control’s denial of a kennel license. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners continue dog kennel debate

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal of a county dog kennel license Monday.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

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UPDATE: Bones of at least 2 people discovered buried in Edmore yard

People digging in their yard in downtown Edmore today discovered some buried bones, which local officials believe are human.

The Michigan State Police are working with Michigan State University forensic anthropology officials to learn more about the bones, which were discovered at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) in the yard of a home near the village’s ice cream store.