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JUST IN: Edmore bringing back Rankin as village manager

After an unexpected exit from the community nearly two years ago, a familiar face is expected to return to the position of Edmore village manager.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary elections and the Montcalm County Headlee override millage proposal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County voters decline Headlee override millage proposal

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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‘We just haven’t had an election like this one before’: Montcalm County voters head to the polls

Presidential primary elections have been drawing record voter turnout throughout the United States.

Today, it’s Michigan’s turn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school bands succeed at district band festival (PHOTOS)

Just a short time ago, Matthew Reed wasn’t entirely sure his students could come together and play the music program he had arranged to the expectations they had set forward. The Central Montcalm band director was determined to have his high school students ready to perform at the Michigan State Band and Orchestra District Band Festival, but facing a total of eight snow days, the necessary rehearsal time just wasn’t there.

An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.

Breanna Brockschmidt, 8, of Greenville, using a snowblower to plow the sidewalk in front of her home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools facing make-up days due to winter weather

In the winter game of snow days played by local school districts, every card in the hand has officially been played. With nearly three weeks remaining in the winter season, there isn’t a single school district within The Daily News coverage area that hasn’t exhausted the entirety of its allocated six snow days by the state government.

A new John Deere 6175R tractor has made life a little easier for workers at the Edmore DPW, as it has reduced on manpower hours when it comes to plowing snow and vacuuming leaves. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tractor snow plow paying dividends in Edmore

In its first year of use, a large tractor used for snow plowing has made life a little easier for workers at the Edmore Department of Public Works (DPW). Purchased one year ago at a cost of $144,000, the John Deere 6175R tractor arrived last August. It has since been equipped with a front snow plow and has been used to clear the village’s streets throughout the winter season.

The interior of the Sunrise Center (formerly Hitachi Magnetics) will provide more space for the Edmore Department of Public Works as it transitions to the new building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore DPW relocating to former Hitachi building

The aptly named Sunrise Center continues to bring new life to the former Hitachi building. As part of this village’s upcoming fiscal year budget, the Edmore Village Council recently approved relocating the Department of Public Works to the Sunrise Center. The DPW will now be housed in the village’s former police office, which was no longer needed after the village’s police department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office last spring.

A worker with the Greenville Public Services Department clears snow from a sidewalk along W. Montcalm Street on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Late February storm blankets Montcalm County in snow

If this winter came in like a lamb, then it is going out like a lion.

A winter storm has covered all of Montcalm County in up to 11 inches of snow and closed all of the area’s schools and county offices on Thursday, with many opting to close early on Wednesday before the storm hit full force.