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Voters wait patiently in line Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville as they prepare to cast their votes in the general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schafer elected to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court

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 Jim Lower of Cedar Lake, who won the election for state representative for Michigan’s 70th District, reviews election results Tuesday evening at Turk Lake Bar and Restaurant with his wife, Kristen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower defeats Hart for 70th District

Republican candidate Jim Lower of Cedar Lake defeated Democratic challenger Ken Hart of Alma in Tuesday’s race for 70th District state representative.

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Albert defeats Mason for 86th District

Republican candidate Thomas Albert of Grattan Township defeated Democratic candidate Lynn Mason of Otisco Township in the state representative race for the 86th District.

Residents of Greenville cast their votes in the presidential election at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash, Moolenaar both returned to Congress

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.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 9, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Nov. 9., 2016

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

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.

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JUST IN: Millages pass in Home, Montcalm and Sidney townships

A road millage in Home Township and fire millages in Montcalm and Sidney townships were all approved by voters Tuesday.

Karl and Kay Thompson of Mecosta talk to Chris Maddox, plant manager at Byrne Electrical Specialists, about the history of Lakeview’s pickle docks. The Thompsons used to work at the Heinz pickle docks. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Byrne Electrical Specialists hosts open house at Pickle Docks facility

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.

Jordyn Keselring, 11, is a middle school student now but last year as a fifth grade student at Baldwin Heights and the student council president, she set the process in motion to have a buddy bench installed. The idea of the buddy bench is that any student who is lonely can go sit on it and other students will know they want to play and will hopefully invite them in on the game. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Baldwin Heights Elementary School installs buddy bench

Jordyn Keselring, an 11-year-old student at Greenville Middle School, got the chance to see a dream of hers realized. Keselring attended Friday’s dedication of a buddy bench on the Baldwin Heights Elementary School playground; a bench that wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for her.