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‘We just haven’t had an election like this one before’: Montcalm County voters head to the polls

Presidential primary elections have been drawing record voter turnout throughout the United States.

Today, it’s Michigan’s turn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lakeview Middle School staff and students pose for a really big group picture before the start of a Friday afternoon assembly. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Middle School hosts pay it forward assembly

One year ago, a Lakeview family woke up to smoke filling their home. It was Feb. 22, 2015, a cold morning. The family of nine was sleeping in the living room, because the back bedrooms weren’t heated. One of the children got up to get a glass of water around 2:30 a.m. She noticed thick smoke and went to get get her father out of bed.

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school bands succeed at district band festival (PHOTOS)

Just a short time ago, Matthew Reed wasn’t entirely sure his students could come together and play the music program he had arranged to the expectations they had set forward. The Central Montcalm band director was determined to have his high school students ready to perform at the Michigan State Band and Orchestra District Band Festival, but facing a total of eight snow days, the necessary rehearsal time just wasn’t there.

An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.

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 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.

Ron Imhoff of Trufant races his bike around the slick surface of Tamarack Lake. About two dozen bikers participated in Saturday’s races at the Lakeview Winterfest. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Winterfest fun for all despite sun and mud (PHOTOS)

Muddy parking conditions and a thawing lake didn’t keep people away from Saturday’s Lakeview Winterfest. They just put on their boots and slogged through the swampy parking lot to the edge of Tamarack Lake, where they enjoyed watching wet motorcycle racing on the lake and a snowmobile show on the shore.

Motorcycles speed across the ice of Tamarack Lake during the 2015 Lakeview Winterfest. Ice bike races for this year’s festival are slated for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, but could be hampered by melted snow and unsafe ice. — File photo

Lakeview Winterfest planners hoping for snow Saturday

Organizers of this year’s Lakeview Winterfest are hoping predictions for an unseasonably warm weekend are wrong.

It’s hard to blame them, considering how many activities for Saturday’s festival are predicated on the notion there will be plenty of snow and ice, ice, ice.

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.

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Quick response knocks down Trufant house fire

A quick knockdown of an early Sunday morning fire likely saved a residence from destruction.

Firefighters from the Maple Valley and Lakeview District fire departments were dispatched at 3:23 a.m. through a mutual aid agreement to a report of a structure fire at 238 C. St. in Trufant.