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Edmore village manager resigning to campaign for state house

This village’s manager is resigning after about a year and a half on the job to pursue a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

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JUST IN: Edmore village manager resigning to focus on campaign

This village’s manager is resigning after about a year and a half on the job to pursue a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

James Lower was hired as Edmore’s manager in October 2014. Last month, he announced his Republican candidacy for the 70th District, where Rep. Rick Outman’s term will end at the end of this year.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal.  — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage vote on the horizon

In less than three weeks, Montcalm County residents will be deciding how much county services are worth to them.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal. The millage would generate approximately $986,077 in revenue in its first year and would help fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve or restore other county services.

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.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

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.

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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.

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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.

James Lower

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.

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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.

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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.