Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” among other books, once noted, “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”
A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website (montcalmalliance.com) and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.
The story of Bright Start Elementary School is unusual and one that has been affected repeatedly by the vagaries of educational financing and population. Built over a decade ago, the school originally housed Lakeview Community Schools’ lower elementary students.
The cities of Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton will elect or re-elect officials for various positions on Tuesday. There won’t be any candidate names printed on Carson City’s ballot, but there are five write-in candidates vying for seats.
While the government and those seeking healthcare through the recently enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to fiddle around with the problematic healthcare marketplace website, health officials in Montcalm and Gratiot counties are taking their own initiative in trying to lower costs and improve quality of services.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Then again, Roosevelt never spent an evening at Tim and Tammy Hollinshead’s Haunted Barn. At the barn, there’s plenty to fear.
Have you heard the story about the wealthy secondhand dealer? His business was doing so well that he willingly decided to use his extra money to purchase electronic equipment and begin putting detailed information about his customers and inventory online so local police officers could return stolen items to their rightful owners.
Here’s a look at Halloween events around the area on Thursday.
We’d like to welcome a new reporter to the newsroom. Curtis Wildfong has been the Greenville beat reporter for one week. He comes to us from The Argus-Press in Owosso, where he has worked for the past two years.
Five years ago, the village of Lakeview was in trouble. The small community was hemorrhaging jobs; foreclosures were rampant; the schools were being listed as “at risk” by the state. What a difference five years can make.