On March 28, Lora Hodges watched the tail lights of the bus carrying her son fade into the distance. Zachary Perrin was headed for Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and from there to Morocco to serve with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS New York, sister ship to the USS Iwo Jima. The two ships are deployed in tandem. Fast forward two weeks to April 11.
An 18-year-old Greenville man was arrested early Monday morning after being denied access to the Reno Bar. A Greenville Department of Public Safety officer was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. when he observed two people engaged in a verbal altercation while standing in front of the Reno Bar at 201 S. Lafayette St.
Montcalm County commissioners are honoring one of their own. Carl Paepke died last Wednesday at his Pierson home after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.
A Michigan law that had been in effect since 1977 was officially repealed earlier this month, directly impacting motorcyclists across the state. On April 12, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially signed a bill that removed the requirement of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Michigan becomes the 31st state to adapt such a law, and that law came with much bi-partisan support from the house and senate floors, including the vote of State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes.
Information regarding the cause of Monday’s cell and landline phone outages in Ionia and Montcalm counties was still somewhat sketchy Tuesday morning, though representatives from Verizon say the problem was caused by a severed fiber optic cable in Grattan Township. Phone service for hundreds of customers in the Greenville and Belding areas went down around 4 p.m. Monday and was not restored until approximately 11 p.m. The disruption affected Central Dispatch services in Montcalm and Ionia counties. According to Nancy Rodriguez, administrative assistant at Ionia Central Dispatch, the outages hampered the organization’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education unanimously approved a contract for a new superintendent. During Monday’s regular meeting, the board voted 7-0 to approve a two-year contract with an annual salary of $115,000 for Kristi Teall, who will start on July 1, following the retirement of the current superintendent, Jake Helms.
About 2,500 customers were without power in the Greenville area Saturday morning. According to Consumers Energy spokesman, Tim Pietryga, the outage was due to a raccoon that climbed into a substation on Peck Road.
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Roger Klock, 21, was arraigned at the 64B District Court in Stanton on Monday in connection with a break-in that occurred on Nov. 1 at Randy Merren Auto Sales in Greenville. Klock was developed as suspect by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s detectives after an analysis of trace evidence that was collected at the scene.
The Vestaburg Wolverines softball team is undefeated for a reason. The Wolverines are a talented, hard hitting team with great pitching and defense. They displayed their talent during a 17-2 and 8-1 doubleheader sweep over the Central Montcalm Green Hornets on Monday night.