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Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.


JUST IN: Jim Lower wins Republican primary for 70th District House

With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, voters have elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as the representative of the Republican party to run for the 70th District House in November.

Charlie Mahar, at right, explains his plans for the future if he is elected Montcalm County sheriff while fellow sheriff candidates Michael Williams, center, and Charles Noll, at left, listen during a primary election forum Monday evening in Greenville. The three Republicans are facing off in today’s election. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County candidates make final bid for votes before today’s election

The three candidates in the hottest race in Montcalm County were given one last chance to earn votes. Charlie Mahar, Charles Noll and Michael Williams had their final face off during a candidate forum Monday evening at Montcalm Community College’s Ash Technology Learning Center in Gr

Tyler Nelson was given an electric scooter, shown here, by his coworkers through a collection of donations. Prior to this, Tyler was walking approximately two miles each way to go to work. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Restaurant employees help ease commute for coworker

Tyler Nelson has a job to do. He wakes up in the morning, puts on his uniform and hat, packs a backpack with lunch and other necessities and he sets out. He walks approximately two miles each way on his commute to work.

The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at the Greenville Moose Lodge on Sunday evening, where a fire within one of the walls was quickly extinguished, saving the building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze, save Greenville Moose Lodge

Thanks to the watchful eye of a nearby camper and a quick response by firefighters, the Greenville Moose Lodge remains standing today. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, firefighters with the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to the lodge at 5449 S. Greenville Road, one mile north of Greenville.

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Greenville brewhouse production company boasts growth

Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.