Latest Headlines


OUR VIEW: Of antique dealers and pawn shops

The Montcalm County Administrative Building was so packed with people at the Oct. 28 Board of Commissioners meeting, we might have thought animal rights was on the agenda. But we knew better.

Clifford Lake Inn was built in Richard’s Point (which later becomes known as Clifford Lake) in 1881. The business has changed hands multiple times over the years and is currently owned by Connie McKeown. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Historic Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton abruptly shuts down

A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”

The Montcalm Township Board on Wednesday approved the purchase of a severe weather siren to be installed at the township’s fire department. Officials said it will likely be the first of several to go up throughout the township. Pictured, from left, are Treasurer Rosemary Hyde, Supervisor Michael Adams and Clerk Carol Rosebrook. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Montcalm Township approves purchase of new warning siren

It’s been longer than two decades since Montcalm Township residents have heard the wailing of a siren warning them of severe weather in the area. Now township officials have committed to wiring the township with several signals by purchasing the first one.


YWCA offers new option to victims of sexual assault

For 17 years, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) West Central Michigan has provided a private medical setting to assist and treat victims of sexual assault and now the Grand Rapids-based organization has branched those services out to Montcalm County. Beginning in April of last year, the program offers victims highly trained nurse examiners and victim advocates to provide recently victimized women with physical exams as well as someone to talk to.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 14, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Nov. 14, 2013

Maple Valley Inn owner Janet Wood points out some of the historic photographs lining the establishment’s walls. According to Wood, the bar has been in the same location for more than 100 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Ghost hunters say Trufant bar is ‘definitely haunted’

Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” among other books, once noted, “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, members of Sheridan’s Village Council gave the engineering firm of Fleis & Vandenbrink the go-ahead to apply for a state grant of $196,000. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan to go after $196,000 in grants

If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.


Eureka Township board to give itself a raise

The Eureka Township Board has proposed a $783,000 budget for the 2014 fiscal year, a budget slightly thinner than the current year but including a small raise for administration and some board members.


Montcalm County Board of Commissioners chairman apologizes for public comment session

The chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners began Tuesday’s meeting with an apology. Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview spoke up during public comment to reference another public comment — one at the Oct. 28 board meeting. Almost an hour of public comments were heard at that meeting regarding a proposed secondhand dealer ordinance, primarily authored by Commissioner Steve DeWitt of Coral.


Montcalm Alliance aiming for countywide millage

A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website ( and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.