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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.

Bittersweet and exciting — receiving a high school diploma is a rite of passage. For 37 Montabella High School graduates, this milestone was a transition from high school to a future as an adult. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella High School graduates 37 from the class of 2013

Bittersweet and exciting — receiving a high school diploma is a rite of passage. For 37 Montabella High School graduates, this milestone is merely a transition from high school to a future as an adult. Principal Shane Riley shared details of how things have changed since he was in high school. Stereotypes — preps, jocks, goths, geeks, artists, teacher’s pets or band kids — are left behind.

Jordan Chesney has traveled a long and difficult road through his youth and school. He is looking forward to graduating from Vestaburg High School on Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Vestaburg graduate has overcome many challenges

Jordan Chesney was just a boy in kindergarten when he began having persistent headaches. Doctors thought he was being bothered by allergies, but Jordan’s mother Christy suspected something more sinister was causing her son extreme pain to the point of nausea. She pressed the doctor to find the source of the problem. Finally, an answer was found.

Fraternal twins Noah Tarrant, left, and Jacob Tarrant will graduate from Montabella High School and celebrate their 18th birthday this Sunday. —  Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montabella twins finishing end of journey together

This Sunday will be a day to remember for the Tarrant twins. Jacob and Noah are set to graduate from Montabella High School, as well as celebrate their 18th birthday. They will also have their graduation open house this weekend, as well as a going away party before they head off to college this fall.

Area 6 Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games Athlete of the Year John Lee of Greenville, right, receives support from Harley Killgore of Greenville Friday at Montabella Junior/Senior High School. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Special Olympians compete at Area 6 Summer Games at Montabella

Nearly 200 Special Olympians from Montcalm and Ionia counties didn’t let a little wet weather rain on their parade at Friday’s Area 6 Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Summer Games at Montabella Junior/Senior High School. Activities were moved inside and modified — four square replaced the softball throw, shuffle board replaced bocce ball and plastic horseshoes replaced metal ones.

A surveillance photo from the Edmore bank robbery.

Edmore and Galesburg bank robberies appear to have the same suspect

Two banks were robbed in two weeks within a hundred-mile radius. Authorities now believe the same man robbed both facilities.

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