I’m worried about an email I received from a reader the other day. I get a lot of mail, most of it complimentary. It’s complimentary not because I’m the next James Thurber, but because I rarely write about anything of consequence and do my best to avoid controversial topics. When it comes to reproductive rights, gun control, religion, politics and parenting, I’d just like to state emphatically and for the record that I agree wholly and completely with you.
Business is booming in downtown Stanton. Montcalm Alliance Executive Director Franz Mogdis reported to the Montcalm County Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday that many new businesses have opened in the past two months in downtown Stanton. Mogdis partially credited Stanton City Manager James Freed for the increase in business development.
Approachability, flexibility and communication. Those are the goals of the new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. And we couldn’t be more hopeful about this new chapter in local law enforcement.
Central Montcalm’s boys track team and Carson City-Crystal’s girls team were winners in the first meet after spring break. The Green Hornet boys beat the Eagles and Montabella Tuesday with 85 points. The Mustangs had 45 and the Eagles scored 40.
When it comes to deciding what to do with Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance 15-A , everything seems to revolve around one single question. “The big question to me is, how are we going to enforce this?” Crystal Township Board Supervisor Charlie Braman asked at Wednesday night’s township board meeting.
A first-place award for a series about small local businesses and entrepreneurship highlight several honors The Daily News received this week when the 2011 Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association contest results were announced. Daily News staffers were honored in four of the 18 contest categories, which encompass news and sports writing and photography, informational graphics and online blogs. The Daily News, with a circulation of approximately 7,000, is a Division I newspaper, which means it is measured against daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000.
The idea of enforcing an ethical code of conduct for the Crystal Township Board to operate by won’t be happening anytime soon after the board voted to not consider pursuing the idea. Spearheaded by Trustee Jerry Stone, the ethics policy would have required the board to act under five main principles.
The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will be using an online program called BoardBook to help save money and time. During the MAISD Board of Education meeting Wednesday morning, the board and some staff participated in a conference call with Michael Elder, BoardBook marketing consultant, regarding how BoardBook works.
In 97 years, you do many things and meet many people. Juanita Butler of Lakeview, who turned 97 on Easter Sunday, was honored Tuesday morning at Lakeview Middle School for her help in the Foster Grandparent program at Lakeview Community Schools. Staff and students shared pink lemonade, cake and candy with “Grandma” Butler to celebrate her birthday.
Ionia County Commissioner James Lower has announced his intention to run for Ionia County clerk. Lower, who resides in Ionia, will be running as a Republican. “Working with my colleagues on the board, I have achieved most of the goals I set out to accomplish when I ran for commissioner,” Lower said. “At this time I feel I can do more to improve our county by running for the county clerk position.”