News

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.

James Lower

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.

James Lower

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.

dnlogo

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.