New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.
As Lynn Mason rallied at the state Capitol with fellow protesters earlier this month, she could feel the passion. The Belding woman was one of many to protest what has become commonly known as right-to-work legislation. Contrary to its name, the legislation actually addresses the right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits “closed shops,” where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement employees or firefighters, who are covered under binding arbitration.
After winning an election and surviving a recount, the Eureka Township supervisor is taking a medical leave of absence. At Monday night’s Eureka Township Board meeting, Laura Shears recommended the board name Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee and the board unanimously approved both recommendations, according to Roy.
More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).
Despite continued crime throughout Montcalm County, voters decided to turn down a proposal in support of local law enforcement millage. A 0.6 millage proposal to generate $971,830 per year for two years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was shot down Tuesday by 11,647 “yes” votes (48 percent) compared to 12,735 “no” votes (52 percent).
AREA PROPOSALS IONIA COUNTY 911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL For the period beginning July 1, 2013 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2021, shall Ionia County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to Two Dollars and Forty Cents (not to exceed $2.40) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless [...]
SCHOOL BOARD RACES Belding Area Schools-Nonpartisan (2 positions) Cori Anderson Jennifer Boroff Thomas W. Cameron Robert Insley CC-Crystal Area Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Diane C. Demenov, Carson City 786 Randy L. Stearns, Riverdale 1,353 Montabella Community Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Bill Burggren, Edmore 857 Don Havlicek, Home Township 438 Scott R. Parks, Remus 879 [...]
IONIA COUNTY Sheriff Dale A. Miller, R Gordy Douglas, D MONTCALM COUNTY Drain Commissioner Shane Jacobs, D-Howard City 9,466 Sandra Raines, R-Sidney 13,884 Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 Ronald C. Blanding, D-Greenville 1,084 Dale Reyburn, R-Greenville 857 District 5 Ronald Retzloff, R-Crystal 1,341 Jerome M. Duran, D-Edmore 1,049 District [...]
STATE OF MICHIGAN 70th District State Representative (38 of 39 precincts) Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes 17,104 Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville 14,150 86th District State Representative (37 of 41 precincts) Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto 30,629 Brian Bosak, D-Caledonia 12,462 State Board of Education Todd A. Courser, R-Lapeer Melanie A. Kurdys, R-Portage Michelle Fecteau, D-Detroit Lupe [...]
UNITED STATES President 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Barack Obama, D-Ill. 1,963,038 – 53 percent Mitt Romney, R-Mass. 1,682,243 – 46 percent United States Senator 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing 2,096,750 – 58 percent Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland GOP 1,406,628 – 39 percent Representative in Congress 3rd District 209 of 311 [...]