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Firefighters honored as grand marshals of Potato Festival

The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday. The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.

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YES program provides positive reinforcement from Edmore police

This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.

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UPDATE: 2 barns destroyed by fire amid lightning storm

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to two early morning barn fires in Montcalm County today.

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

New Edmore village manager excited to be on the job

Today Neil Rankin has one week under his belt as this village’s new manager. Rankin, 37, officially took on village manager duties last Tuesday after the Edmore Village Council unanimously voted to hire him earlier this month. He will earn an annual salary of $45,000 to work 32 hours per week.

A wooden pirate ship in Curtis Memorial Park is causing problems for the village of Edmore. Village officials recently decided to seal off the entrances to the ship. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore pirate ship causing park problems

A pirate ship in a village park is becoming known for legends as colorful as Davy Jones’ locker. Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer made an attempt to parley with the Edmore Village Council last month. He proposed removing the pirate ship, which is one of several wooden play structures at Curtis Memorial Park.

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Edmore Village Council offers manager job to Midland man

The village of Edmore has a new manager, pending contract approval. The Edmore Village Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to hire Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland. Rankin is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Services Group in Midland. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from WMU in 2000.

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Edmore Village Council interviews manager finalists

The Edmore Village Council interviewed three very different candidates Monday afternoon for the position of village manager. Richard Lock, who was fired from his last job as town administrator after one month on the job, was interviewed the longest, a total of 52 minutes. Neil Rankin, a substitute teacher, was interviewed for 42 minutes, while the interview for Aaron Desentz, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant, clocked in at just 23 minutes.

It is expected that the proceeds from the bond will generate approximately $990,000 — $750,000 of which will go toward replacing roofing systems over the high school, middle school and elementary school.

Vestaburg Community School seeks Aug. 6 bond approval

Voters in the Vestaburg Community School district will be asked whether to approve a bond proposal this summer. The proposal calls for a 1.3 mill increase, which would cost an average homeowner in the district $48 per year for 10 years to fund improvements to buses and roofs at the school. The bond proposal will be on the Aug. 6 ballot.

Bonnie Davis addresses the Edmore Village Council about a $238,000 loan Tony Maxfield allegedly owes the village. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Council silent on Maxfield’s $238,000 loan

One month ago, the Edmore Village Council agreed to give a local businessman until the next council meeting to find a solution to pay the $238,000 he allegedly owes the village. The next council meeting came and went Monday night, but the council took no action. The matter was not even discussed.

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AUDIO: Edmore Village Council: ‘People in Edmore are tired of being spit on’

Members of the Edmore Village Council are considering suing the owner of a prominent local business for allegedly not paying back a $238,000 loan. Council members discussed the issue frankly and at length at their May 13 meeting. The Daily News obtained an audio recording of the open meeting.