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Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams monitors primary election results online with his wife, Jeni, at their Sidney-area home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters choose Williams as next Montcalm County sheriff

The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.

Ron Schafer

JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Charlie Mahar, at right, explains his plans for the future if he is elected Montcalm County sheriff while fellow sheriff candidates Michael Williams, center, and Charles Noll, at left, listen during a primary election forum Monday evening in Greenville. The three Republicans are facing off in today’s election. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County candidates make final bid for votes before today’s election

The three candidates in the hottest race in Montcalm County were given one last chance to earn votes. Charlie Mahar, Charles Noll and Michael Williams had their final face off during a candidate forum Monday evening at Montcalm Community College’s Ash Technology Learning Center in Gr

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Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.

Joel Ibarra

JUST IN: Man charged with 4 felonies after double fatal in Six Lakes

A Grand Rapids-area man has been charged with four felonies for his role in causing an accident that killed a Grand Rapids couple last spring.

Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, Mich., is charged with two counts of operating under the influence causing death and two counts of reckless driving causing death. All four charges are felonies with maximum sentences of 15 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

According to Lakeview Middle School teacher Dean Gilbert, students like Isabelle Dillon, left, were anxious to speak with WWII veterans during a recent trip to Lansing. (Courtesy photos)

Lakeview students honor WWII veterans by creating ‘video card’

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with memorials to this country’s heroes, the men and women of the armed services who fought, and sometimes died, to protect our freedoms. Yet, too often those who served — particularly in World War II and Korea — never get to see these memorials in person. Time, circumstance and finances get in the way.

That’s why the Honor Flight Network was formed. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to honoring all American veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. where they may visit the various memorials there. The organization gives top priority to older veterans and those who may be terminally ill.

The Amble Fire Department’s original 1948 International fire truck sits in a barn at Dale Ulrich’s farm in Winfield Township. The truck has 2,663 miles on it, along with original tires, hoses and wooden ladder. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble’s final siren: Winfield Township dissolves fire department

The Amble Fire Department has long had beneficial working relationships with neighboring fire departments. When the Amble Creamery caught fire on Oct. 19, 1942, due to a combustion in the boiler and tool room, the fire spread to the roof of the nearby town hall. Firefighters from Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Cedar Springs battled the stubborn blaze for two hours. Local volunteers carried water in milk cans by the truckload to help fight the fire.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?