The abused child crying on the other end of the line; the hysterical mother of a baby who has stopped breathing; the wails of the accident victim pinned behind the wheel of her car … all these haunt the waking hours of 9-1-1 emergency operators. They perform what is often a thankless, stressful job, but from April 8-14, these dispatchers are being honored during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Appreciation Week.
More than 50 Montcalm County employees are being required to take five furlough days this year as part of last year’s $1.3 million in countywide budget cuts. Elected officials were exempt from the cuts, as the wages of elected officials cannot be lowered during their term of office.
Kids who eat breakfast and lunch not only are healthier, but they’re also better able to focus and learn. The hard truth is, though, there are more kids than we know who don’t get these basic meals. Our local schools have done a fantastic job in stepping to the plate when it comes to making sure their students are fed — opening up these first two meals of the day for those who might not have enough food at home.
A local attorney is proposing one local judge each serve the 8th Judicial Circuit Court district for Montcalm and Ionia counties. However, Montcalm County commissioners are unimpressed with the idea. Ronald Finegood of Stanton originally submitted his proposal to the Board of Commissioners on March 27. The matter was referred to the Law Enforcement & Courts Committee, which convened Monday.
The only thing hot on Tuesday afternoon in Greenville was the pitching of Alyssa Canterbury and hitting of Nikota Howe. Canterbury threw a no-hitter while Howe smacked two home runs and drove in seven RBIs in Greenville’s 16-0 four-inning win over the Lansing Sexton Big Reds at home.
It wasn’t a pretty win by the Greenville baseball team, but it was a win nonetheless. The Yellow Jackets took advantage of seven Lansing Sexton errors to mercy the Big Reds 15-5 in five innings Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader shortened to one game because of weather.
Montcalm Community College (MCC) will raise its tuition cost by 5 percent for in-district students and 7 percent for out-of-district students starting in the fall semester. During the MCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, the board approved the tuition increase but noted tuition rates will still be under the state average for Michigan community colleges. “It has taken up a lot of discussion (throughout the administration),” said MCC President Robert Ferrentino.
Corrections officers, United Auto Workers, Michigan Education Association members and Carson City community members picketed outside Haradine Park in Carson City on Tuesday afternoon. The group was picketing against recent decisions made by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to eliminate scheduled perimeter security vehicle patrols and Resident Unit Officers at correctional facilities throughout Michigan.
It was sometime around last Christmas that neighbors living along Horseshoe Trail in Stanton first spotted Sgt. Trace pacing along the wood’s edge bordering their properties. The German shepherd seemed friendly but standoffish, even at first. When approached, the dog would vanish into the woods.
Memorial services for a 16-year-old drowning victim will take place Thursday evening at his high school. Dalton Gustinis disappeared in the early morning hours of March 30. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies located his body the afternoon of March 31.