The Flat River has long been a source of joy, recreation and sustenance for the communities built around it. Over time, though, the river has fallen victim to bad practices, which affect water quality, water levels and the wetlands surrounding it.
Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.
Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.
Being declared a showmanship champion stands as one of the highest honors in 4-H, and for Heather Fishburn, victory now tastes twice as sweet. On Saturday morning, 11 4-H’ers, each of them a showmanship champion for a separate animal class, walked into the livestock arena at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds with a goal to come out on top amongst their peers.
With less than a month remaining before the Aug. 2 primary, candidates for local and state elections are ready to hit the home stretch. On Thursday evening, Republican candidates for the 70th District State House participated in a forum at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602, hosted by ladies auxiliary member Shirley Pool.
Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.
But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?
A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.
Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.
Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to turn over budget cut decisions to their new controller-administrator.
The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day on an ongoing basis.
Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.
Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.
Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.
The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.