The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has (mostly) agreed to obey an “archaic” state law and pay financial damages to a local farmer after two dogs attacked and killed his sheep last year. Commissioners have been debating the issue since April, when Kenneth Lund of Sheridan wrote commissioners a letter detailing a Nov. 20, 2012, incident in which a flock of 28 sheep owned by Lund’s wife Deb were attacked by two neighborhood dogs. Six ewes were killed by the dogs and two more ewes had to be euthanized due to the severity of their wounds. The remaining sheep were all injured in some form or another.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.” Similarly, members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are not agreed upon a definition of an almost century-old state law calling for a county to pay for damages sustained by dogs attacking livestock.
State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.
A 2-year-old child that fell from a second-story window Saturday is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.
As summer begins to wind down, there are many elements that begin to signify that autumn is approaching. Leaves begin to shift from green to various shades of orange and red, temperatures turn from warm and humid to crisp and cool and families prepare as the school year begins once again. But another sign of autumn comes in the sound that can be heard nearly every Friday night. As residents and fans pack into home stadiums and students take to the gridiron to best their weekly foe, the initial kick of a leather football is a sure sign that autumn is upon us.
More than five dozen properties will be up for grabs at the annual Montcalm County minimum bid land auction Friday. The auction is being moved from the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) to the Sheridan Community Center, 205 Saint Clair St., to make room for more participants, according to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin.
By this time next year, the village of Lakeview will be home to a new 26-bed assisted living facility, Lakeview Terrace. Ground was broken for the project at a ceremony held Tuesday morning on Paden Road, directly across from Bright Start Elementary School.
Some artists create masterpieces in oils; others work in clay or marble. For the 30-plus members of the Brewgadgeteer’s Homebrew Club in Lakeview, the medium is hops, barley, yeast and … the rest is secret. But the end product is often a masterpiece to rival Monet’s “La Grenouillére.” At least beer drinkers think so.
Montcalm County’s resource recovery coordinator is getting more resources to do his job. Jacob Rytlewski recently asked the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee to increase his hourly wage from $17 to $19 per hour.
A coordinated police effort on Monday resulted in the confiscation of more than 200 marijuana plants from multiple locations throughout Montcalm County. The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) conducted domestic cannabis eradication and suppression program flights, or “Operation HEMP,” which stands for “Help Eradicate Marijuana Plantings.” The program is federally funded and is designed to eradicate illegally outdoor marijuana plantings.