The Daily News provided questionnaires to candidates in Montcalm County and surrounding area for contested races only.
More than a dozen candidates participated in the Meet the Candidates event Saturday in Trufant. Steve Davis, a volunteer who helped organize the event, said he thought it went really well.
One of Montcalm County’s “best-kept secrets” got its chance to shine this weekend at the 26th annual Heritage Village Festival. “This is our 26th year for the festival and we started with only two buildings,” said Miriam Zimmerman, secretary of the Heritage Village Committee. “We continue to add new buildings or new events every year, but there are still so many people, even those who live locally, that don’t know we are here. We are one of Montcalm County’s best kept secrets.”
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Two people were transported to the hospital with injuries after Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on M-91 Saturday morning. At approximately 5:48 a.m., deputies arrived on scene of the accident on M-91 south of Spencer Road.
Darlene Carmody was 47 years old when her journey started in 2007 during Crystal Township’s Fourth of July celebration. The holiday began much differently than in the previous years for Carmody and her family. The Carson City woman recalled the packed sidewalks with grandparents, baby strollers and folks waving the U.S. flag while she was feeling sadness, separation and anxiety as she watched the floats, classic cars and marching bands go by. “I stood out here and watched the parade as I always have,” Carmody said. “The groups of people celebrating the holiday and for me I had tears coming down my face. It was a tough day for me and my family.”
Conditions were hot and dry this past weekend with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, but that didn’t stop more than 1,200 youths and adults from packing the streets of downtown Belding for this year’s annual Gus Macker tournament. With 326 teams participating in this year’s tournament, downtown Belding once again was transformed into “Mackerville, USA” as teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
The 16th edition of the Crystal Run The Lake was muggy despite starting in the morning on Saturday. That may have had an effect on the turnout, as just fewer than 90 runners took to either the five-mile or three-mile course.
This tiny village is in turmoil as the second recall vote in three months approaches, while the village council is unable to meet due to multiple resignations and no quorum. Village President Karl Van Haren survived a recall attempt May 8 by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in the recall vote.
Few people working through the problems of their daily lives take time to think of the challenges to the people in charge of pursuing criminal justice in their extended neighborhood. That’s what county prosecutors do, and if citizens at any stage of life are being abused or abusing their families or abusing themselves or anyone else, either from addictive entrapment or from breaking the law in any way, it is the responsibility of the county prosecuting attorney to assure that justice is served.