A bank robbery in downtown Greenville on Wednesday morning had ripples across the area, especially in schools. All Greenville Public Schools buildings went into a “code yellow” lockdown situation minutes after the robbery was reported at 10:35 a.m. About a half-hour later, the Greenville Department of Public Safety advised school officials to upgrade to a “code red” lockdown about a half hour after the robbery.
The Montcalm Township Board approved hiring janitorial staff Wednesday evening for general cleaning at the township hall and to clean the floors. Supervisor Michael Adams received bids from many local companies to continue general cleaning at the hall. The board voted to hire Bunnell’s Cleaning at a cost not to exceed $120 a month.
One of the most well-known names in books is taking over Montcalm Community College’s on-campus bookstore. The store will become a Barnes & Noble beginning Dec. 1 under a five-year agreement the college’s Board of Trustees approved on Tuesday evening.
Two incumbents and one newcomer were voted onto the Carson City Council on Tuesday. Incumbent Thomas J. McCrackin, 53, earned the most votes with 101 while fellow incumbent Starr Miller, 79, finished third with 61. Newcomer Pamela Pelz finished second with 68 votes.
A newcomer received the most votes Tuesday in the Stanton City Commission election. Karl Yoder was elected to the board with 88 votes, or 24 percent of the vote. He will replace Bonnie Timiney, who didn’t run for re-election.
An incumbent and a newcomer were elected to the Belding City Council on Tuesday. Incumbent Mayor Roger Wills received 209 votes while newcomer Joe Feuerstein received 149 votes to be elected to the council for the first time.
Both incumbents running for re-election on the Greenville City Council retained their seats during Tuesday’s election. Ken Snow, 63, who has served on the council since 1992 and as mayor since 2007, received 333 votes for re-election while Larry Moss, 60, came in second with 263 votes.
The Montcalm Ride came to a halt Tuesday. Voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a proposed countywide public transportation system millage. The request to for a new 0.3-mill property tax was shot down 2,482 votes to 1,611 votes, or about 60 to 40 percent. Members of the Montcalm County Transportation Authority were disappointed with the results.
The long-embattled Montcalm Township treasurer was recalled Tuesday. Phyllis Shilling was taken out of office by a vote of 394 to 275, or about 59 to 41 percent.
Mitchell Byrne allegedly crashed into a Greenville Department of Public Safety police cruiser, then fled the scene, leaving an officer unconscious early Sunday morning. The 24-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 64B District Court. He is charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.