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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.

Campbell Industrial Force owner Rick Campbell of Gowen, center, checks in with employees Nikki Vore of Crystal, at left, and Wendy Humpert of Riverdale, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore cardboard packing manufacturer bringing jobs to town

Campbell Industrial Force is experiencing some growing pains. Rick Campbell opened the family-owned business a decade ago in Edmore’s Industrial Park, where he and his employees manufacture custom cardboard shipping containers and wooden pallets. Campbell opened a second factory five years ago in the old Alma Plastics building. The arrangement is been neither practical nor convenient as Campbell, who lives in Gowen, has to drive back and forth between the Alma and Edmore plants every day.

Edmore Village Council President Chet Guild, center, listens during the public comment segment of Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Council to interview 3 manager finalists

After firing their last village manager, the Edmore Village Council is on the search for a new one. The village council will interview three finalists at a special meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday night. The three finalists are James Lower of Ionia, James Moreno of Mount Pleasant and Alan Richard of Howard City.

Turnout was strong for Sunday’s auto and bike show at the Edmore Potato Festival.  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Potato Festival fields a busy schedule

The humble potato received the recognition it deserves this weekend. The Edmore Potato Festival featured dozens of small-town activities, musical performances, parades and other events.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild, center, talks about whether to hire a new village manager at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Explanation sought in Edmore village manager situation, but still not given

Again the four councilmen were asked, and again they deigned to answer why they voted not extend this village manager’s contract.

The question was asked at tonight’s Edmore Village Council meeting, which more than 30 people attended.

Police officers aren’t the only ones who love doughnuts. Edmore Youth Academy participants included, front row from left, Matthew Gehoski of Sheridan, Lane Lingeman of Sheridan, Ben Rogers of Edmore, Dawson Wheeler of Edmore; back row from left, Edmore Police Officer Sarah Chamberlain, Christopher Rogers of Edmore, Aiden Adkins of Carson City, Rylee Warchuck of Six Lakes, Jazmyn Warchuck of Ruth, Bryce Withey of Edmore, Rachel Peterson of Edmore, Laura Boerma of Edmore, Christina Rogers of Edmore and Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Police Department’s first Youth Academy a success

This village’s police department is taking community policing to a whole new level. The first ever Edmore Youth Academy wrapped up Wednesday. Thirteen youths from ages 8 to 14 participated in the first session in mid-July while 10 youths participated in the second session, which ended Wednesday. The youths hailed from Blanchard, Carson City, Cedar Lake, Edmore, Howard City, Sheridan, Six Lakes and Stanton.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, looks on while Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs a recent meeting. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Edmore village manager stepping down amid dispute

This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, listens as Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs the most recent council meeting on July 14. — File photo

Edmore Village Council refuses to recognize manager, hires attorney

Village President Chet Guild waited until almost an hour into Monday night’s meeting to drop the bomb. A woman in the audience questioned why the Edmore Village Council had skipped over the manager’s report on the meeting agenda.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin is pictured in his office at the Curtis Community Building in Edmore. — File photo

Edmore village manager ‘blindsided’ by contract non-renewal

In a surprise move, the Edmore Village Council voted 4-2 at a special meeting this evening not to renew the contract of their village manager. Neil Rankin was hired as village manage last July, just shy of one year ago. His contract expires July 10.