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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

Carolyn Tubbs, left, and Mary Vusich attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting in Stanton to voice concern about their neighbor’s property in Richland Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Richland Township neighbors ask county officials to demolish condemned farm

Donald Beach’s neighbors have had enough. Carolyn Tubbs and Mary Vusich appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to see if there is anything the county government can do to help them.

Karl Kluwe is retiring as Edmore’s village manager and police chief on May 3. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore police chief/village manager to retire in May

Karl Kluwe is giving himself a special birthday present this year. Kluwe will be retiring as Edmore’s police chief and village manager on May 3, the day he celebrates his 60th birthday.

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ANTI-BULLYING: New collaboration to establish positive culture at school

High school today is not what it was yesterday. As a public institution of higher learning, with teenagers shuffling from class to class on an hourly basis, the culture and world inside the doors of what many refer to as the “best four years of your life,” is an ever-changing whirlwind of new experiences found each and every day. But that culture, filled with children who are learning to become adults, is not always a favorable one, and students, faculty and administration at high schools throughout Montcalm County are ready to make a change.

Linda Gardner, 63, of Edmore died today after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident.

Edmore woman dies in early morning accident

An Edmore woman died after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident. Linda Gardner, 53, was fatally injured when her vehicle ran off the roadway on Main Street near Neff Street at about 6 a.m. Friday.

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Roofing, drainage, elevation almost complete at future outdoor market

Slow and steady. That’s how Edmore village officials have been approaching a longterm project to transform a historic former factory into a year-round market and tourism destination.