A Michigan law that had been in effect since 1977 was officially repealed earlier this month, directly impacting motorcyclists across the state. On April 12, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially signed a bill that removed the requirement of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Michigan becomes the 31st state to adapt such a law, and that law came with much bi-partisan support from the house and senate floors, including the vote of State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes.
Information regarding the cause of Monday’s cell and landline phone outages in Ionia and Montcalm counties was still somewhat sketchy Tuesday morning, though representatives from Verizon say the problem was caused by a severed fiber optic cable in Grattan Township. Phone service for hundreds of customers in the Greenville and Belding areas went down around 4 p.m. Monday and was not restored until approximately 11 p.m. The disruption affected Central Dispatch services in Montcalm and Ionia counties. According to Nancy Rodriguez, administrative assistant at Ionia Central Dispatch, the outages hampered the organization’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education unanimously approved a contract for a new superintendent. During Monday’s regular meeting, the board voted 7-0 to approve a two-year contract with an annual salary of $115,000 for Kristi Teall, who will start on July 1, following the retirement of the current superintendent, Jake Helms.
About 2,500 customers were without power in the Greenville area Saturday morning. According to Consumers Energy spokesman, Tim Pietryga, the outage was due to a raccoon that climbed into a substation on Peck Road.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Roger Klock, 21, was arraigned at the 64B District Court in Stanton on Monday in connection with a break-in that occurred on Nov. 1 at Randy Merren Auto Sales in Greenville. Klock was developed as suspect by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s detectives after an analysis of trace evidence that was collected at the scene.
The Vestaburg Wolverines softball team is undefeated for a reason. The Wolverines are a talented, hard hitting team with great pitching and defense. They displayed their talent during a 17-2 and 8-1 doubleheader sweep over the Central Montcalm Green Hornets on Monday night.
The Montabella Mustangs softball team started slow and finished strong against the Coleman Comets on Monday night. The Mustangs were mercied in game one 12-1 in five innings and won the second game 6-4 in Mid-State Activities Conference play.
Only minor damage to a trailer was left after a nearby wooded area caught fire Monday evening. Stanton Community Fire Department responded to a structure fire just at 7 p.m., Monday.
Last week marked the passing of one of Montcalm County’s most devoted citizens. County Commissioner Carl Paepke, 86, died Wednesday. He was a real-life example of a public servant. Paepke was a World War II veteran, when he earned a Bronze Star while serving in Europe.