The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.
Voters in three Montcalm County townships and the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district approved a handful of fire, road and school millage ballot proposals Tuesday.
A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.
Republican candidate Jim Lower of Cedar Lake defeated Democratic challenger Ken Hart of Alma in Tuesday’s race for 70th District state representative.
Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.
A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.
Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.
Byrne Electrical Specialists held an open house Saturday to showcase their new Lakeview location, named the Pickle Docks in honor of its history. Kay and Karl Thompson of Mecosta came out to support their daughter who works for the company and to see the transformation of the old pickle processing plant.
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The atmosphere became heated in Lakeview Middle School on Wednesday evening as residents and firefighters debated how best to serve Pine Township.
The issue began in August, when Hunter Lake residents asked the Pine Township Board to change the lake’s fire jurisdiction from being covered by the Lakeview District Fire Department to the Montcalm Township Fire Department. A volunteer committee was formed to research the issue.