With 60 degree temperatures and the sun in the sky, it was a perfect day Tuesday to take a tour through the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) greenhouse during the fourth annual “All Things Green” Expo. Students and area residents toured the greenhouse as well as 27 vender booths from area agricultural specialist at the MACC, featuring products grown right in Montcalm County.
A pair of West Michigan men have been charged for their alleged involvement in a $9 million Ponzi scheme, which operated under the name API Worldwide Holdings LLC. It is alleged that from July 2006 through January 2012, API Worldwide Holdings and its operators ran as a Ponzi scheme promising huge returns on investments. Jeffrey L. Ripley, 59, of Sparta, and Danny Lee VanLiere, 60, of Grand Rapids, allegedly defrauded at least 140 victims of approximately $9 million by selling fake securities. The two men allegedly promised high returns on money invested, but never delivered on their promises to victims. Investigation revealed that victims were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each.
The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees swung up into the Panhandle on Tuesday evening to meet with educational leaders eager to make a change for the better. Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings and Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin sat before the college board at the Panhandle Community Center to discuss their hopes and dreams for their districts as the two newest superintendents in the county.
The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team won its first league title since 1983 and then won its first district title since 1984. Their season ended with a loss to top ranked Morley Stanwood — Class C state semifinalist after a 59-44 quarterfinals victory over Saginaw Nouvel on Tuesday — in the regional semifinals.
Montcalm County has a new deputy treasurer. Dorinda Kirshman began deputy treasurer duties on March 5. She replaces former deputy treasurer JoAnne Vukin, who is now treasurer. Vukin was in charge of hiring her own replacement.
With a goal to construct the Belding Freedom Wall sometime in May, Belding resident and veteran Denny Craycraft will be fundraising throughout the week at Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, offering residents the chance to embed themselves in the grounds of the monument by purchasing a brick which will be placed just outside the monument.
Interviews for two superintendent applicants who hope to take over the helm at Central Montcalm Public School are set for March 22. The two candidates — Troy Lindley, a middle school principal at Newaygo Public Schools, and Kristi Teall, curriculum director and assessment director at Central Montcalm — are vying for the position currently held by Jake Helms, who will retire at the end of this school year.
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The community will now have just over 60 days to review the Greenville Master Plan and give their input. During Tuesday night’s joint Greenville City Council and Greenville Planning Commission meeting, the Greenville Master Plan was presented to the City Council. The council accepted the plan at the conclusion of the meeting.
Two weeks after a countywide law enforcement millage vote failed, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is still trying to find a way to retain court security. A 1 mill property tax increase which would have generated $1.564 million over five years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office failed on Feb. 28 with 4,205 “no” votes and 4,085 “yes” votes — a difference of 120 votes.