Little remains on the west end of a mobile home at 6033 E. Tamarack Road in Richland Township after it was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Richland Township house destroyed in fire; no one injured

A mobile home was destroyed in a Friday morning fire with the cause of blaze still undetermined.

Firefighters from the Richland Township Fire Department responded to a call at 10:51 a.m. at 6033 E. Tamarack Road, about six miles northeast of downtown Edmore.

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Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.


Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.


Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

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JUST IN: Edmore village manager announces 70th District candidacy

Jim Lower formally announced his Republican candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 70th District today.

Lower also announced via press release that current state Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is endorsing him in the race.


Personal items run out first at Montabella Ministerial Association Food Pantry

At the Montabella Ministerial Association Food Pantry, the need for food and toiletries doesn’t change much with the season. This according to Faith United Methodist Church secretary Peggy Graham, who helps in the day-to-day operations of the program.


JUST IN: Edmore-area house fire starts in garage, reignites

Every firefighter in the world would agree that dry air, heavy winds and burning embers are not good bedfellows.
That’s the problem the Richland Township Fire Department ran into while battling a house fire Thursday afternoon. However, the actual fire started just after midnight early Thursday morning.


CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

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Vestaburg bank manager gets prison for embezzling $300,000

A former Vestaburg bank manager has been given a hefty prison sentence for embezzling nearly $300,000 at her place of employment.
Sandra Ebright, 54, of Elwell, pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Seventeen additional counts of identity theft charges were dismissed.

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Montcalm County Angel Tree program brings Christmas joy to children

A rosy-cheeked youngster standing in rapt wonder before a present-laden Christmas tree is an image with which we all are familiar.

The scene is so common, in fact, so comfortable, that we sometimes forget it is one not played out in every American home.