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Construction has already begun at 311 Charlotte St. in Edmore, however, the denial of a variance request by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property owner Lawrence Kauffman means he must keep within the village’s ordinances in building a pole barn on the property. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Village Council denies property owner’s pole barn request

A property owner’s variance request that would have allowed a pole barn to be built closer to the edge of his property has been voted down after residents expressed their concerns. At the May 11 Edmore Village Council meeting, the council, which also serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), entered into a public hearing to discuss a variance request from Lawrence Kauffman for his vacant property at 311 Charlotte St., where he is building a new home.

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JUST IN: Vestaburg bank manager charged with embezzlement, identity theft

A Vestaburg bank manager has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of embezzlement and identity theft. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation at the Vestaburg branch of Mercantile Bank at 9002 E. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) that led to the arrest of a longtime employee.

The former Hitachi water tower, located at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park, is currently not in use but will continue to stand empty as Edmore Village Council members await less expensive bids for possible demolition. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore holds off on water tower demolition

After spending a half million dollars to restore and paint Edmore’s water tower in April, the Village Council turned its focus this month to another water tower. During Monday evening’s meeting, council members briefly entertained the idea of dismantling the former Hitachi water tower at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park.

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JUST IN: Edmore Department of Public Works reorganizing after departure of supervisor

The Edmore Village Council unanimously voted 6-0 Monday evening on a shifting of positions, pay rates and schedules at the village’s Department of Public Works (DPW).

On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

All that was left of Danielle Ryckman’s balloon after traveling 470 miles from Edmore to Fayette County, Pa. The balloon made the trip in just a few days.

Found balloon’s long journey brings comfort to Edmore woman

Danielle Ryckman had a close relationship with her grandfather, David Johnston. So maybe it was only natural that when her boyfriend, Jarrid Thrush, proposed marriage, the couple wanted to go the traditional route and ask for Johnston’s blessing. They never got the chance.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?

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Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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.