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Landowners along River Valley Trail cash in

Landowners along the yet-to-be-built Fred Meijer River Valley Trail may be in for a “very significant” financial windfall courtesy of the federal government. A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge in Washington, D.C., issued a ruling on Tuesday in favor of the landowners along the trail from Lowell to Greenville, indicating the government improperly took land by allowing the trail to be built.


Treasury Department pressures Montcalm Township over audit

The state Treasury Department has questions for Montcalm Township and is coming to get answers. The township received a letter from the state on Sept. 27 giving the township a month to develop an action plan for resolving problems with the township’s audit prepared by Berthiaume and Co. of Saginaw.

Greenville Public Schools teachers discuss their findings and new possibilities at a 1-to-1 Mobile pilot project training session.

Greenville schools start pilot project with smart phones, tablet computers

Select students at Greenville Public Schools will receive new high-tech learning tools in November as part of a new pilot project.

Ionia-Montcalm Department of Human Services board member Virginia Wood is retiring after 42 years of service. (Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon)

Longtime DHS board member retires

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recognized Virginia Wood on her retirement from the Ionia-Montcalm Department of Human Services (DHS) Board after 42 years of service.


Eight larcenies have occurred in Greenville since Saturday

GREENVILLE — Eight larcenies have been reported in Greenville since Friday.

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Stanton DPW building is on the rise

The new garage at the Stanton Department of Public Works is near completion.
Work started in June on a new centralized DPW. The $299,000 project is set to be complete in November.

Daily News/Cory Smith  Traffic is condensed to one lane in downtown Carson City during a four-week project to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement.

Road work begins in downtown Carson City

CARSON CITY — Road work has begun in downtown Carson City to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement.

Daily News/Lori Hansen  Alice Hoitinga displays the certificate she received honoring her 50 years of service to 4-H in Montcalm and Allegan counties.

Vestaburg woman a mainstay among local 4-H’ers

Alice Hoitinga was 20 years old and married just one year when she decided to help her community. A local 4-H horse leader where she was living in Allegan County retired in 1961, so Hoitinga stepped in to help. She continued her passion when she moved to the Vestaburg area with her husband, Tony. Fifty years later she’s still going strong.


Montcalm County Animal Control staff still unknown

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is reconsidering operating Animal Control with only two officers. Former Animal Control Director Patricia Lentz’s position was eliminated Sept. 26 as part of $1.3 million in county budget cuts.


Montcalm County equalization employee reinstated – temporarily

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners had a change of heart Monday, giving Yvonne Niswonger her job back in the Equalization Department – at least temporarily The commissioners voted unanimously to reinstate Niswonger to her assessment roll specialist job for 24 hours per week for eight weeks beginning Oct. 31. Her position will cost the county about $3,600. Niswonger was laid off Sept. 26 as part of $1.3 million in Montcalm County budget cuts.