A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal on the ballot passed easily Tuesday. The surcharge was approved with 3,890 “yes” votes to 1,422 “no” votes, or 73 percent to 27 percent.
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.
The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.
Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.
Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.
“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”
That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.
The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.
Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.
A local teenager continues to recover after being involved in a serious accident one week ago today.
Tifennie Haddix, 17, is a senior at Montabella High School. She was driving to school around 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, when she lost control of her Jeep and crashed into a tree at North Sheridan Road and East Edgar Road between Belvidere Township and Home Township. Multiple agencies responded to the scene to extricate Haddix from her vehicle.
When Randy Linton signed up as a junior firefighter at age 17, he had no idea more than four decades later he would be fire chief in his own hometown.
As a youth, he decided to try out firefighting duties in 1971, tagging along with his firefighter uncle and helping burn off old grass in the springtime. When Linton turned 18 years old, he signed on as an official firefighter. He ended up staying with the department for 41 years, the last 24 years as fire chief.
An Edmore man was arrested on assault and drug charges Sunday after allegedly aiming a long pellet gun at another motorist along Stanton Road.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded after 5:30 p.m. to what they are calling a “road rage incident” with a report of weapons being involved.
Montabella High School’s class of 2014 is scheduled to graduate on June 1.
And Tifennie Haddix’s friends have no doubt she will be among those walking across the stage, despite this week’s hardship.