The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.
Edmore residents might notice some changes when they stop at 1111 E. Main St. to pick up their groceries. The first difference they might notice is the sign that has replaced the Jorgensen’s Supermarket sign on the road and on the building.
Sixteen middle school students skipped class to go shopping and eat pizza … for Montcalm County Toys for Tots.
The students from Greenville Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Vestaburg Middle/High School were excused from class Tuesday and allowed to go to Meijer and Walmart in Greenville to pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.
The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.
A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.
Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.
The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.
In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.
Nathaniel Nisonger is a senior at Vestaburg High School, yet he still spends a lot of time at the Vestaburg Great Start Readiness Program Preschool. There are sentimental ties. The current teacher was once his first grade teacher, and his younger brother was in the program last year.
Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.
Three businesses in downtown Edmore were victimized by arson and break-ins the night of Oct. 25. Police have arrested three suspects for breaking and entering, but have not yet said whether the arson is related.
The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.