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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?

Members of the Edmore Village Council, from left, Eddie Adams, Bonnie Davis, Jamie Ballard, Village Clerk Tracy Fockler, Village Manager James Lower, President Karl Kluwe, Treasurer Elaine Leak, Phill Kohn, Karen Deja and Bonnie Ashbaugh, discuss the hiring of a new village manager during Monday evening’s council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore brings back Rankin as village manager

After an unexpected exit from the community nearly two years ago, a familiar face is expected to return to the position of Edmore village manager. The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Neil Rankin, 39, as village manager following the resignation of James Lower, whose last day is March 28 as he campaigns for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

A Montcalm County sheriff's deputy looks at an 14-foot section of a power line pole that split off from the pole after a car crashed through it on Saturday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

UPDATE: Rockford woman in critical condition after car crashes through pole

A woman is in critical condition after her car crashed through a power line pole before the woman was flung from her car Saturday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene in the 16000 block of W. Almy Road at the curve known as Balmy Road where Bailey Road meets Almy Road.

This car crashed through a power line pole and rolled some distance before coming to rest in a resident's yard in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

JUST IN: Car crashes through power line pole, woman flung from vehicle

A woman failed to negotiate a curve and crashed her car through a power line pole before she was flung from her vehicle tonight.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene around 8:15 p.m. on Balmy Road — the curve of Almy and Bailey roads south of M-46.

A sewer project that broke ground at Pierson Township’s Little Whitefish Lake in 1997 remains a funding concern today because of the special assessment sewer fund being depleted years ahead of schedule. — File photo

Little Whitefish Lake sewer fund issue still unresolved

An expensive and complicated special assessment situation continues to hang like an unpleasant fog over Little Whitefish Lake.
Lake Association President Matt Matlosz alerted Montcalm County officials to the sewer fund discrepancy in April 2015. There hasn’t been a public meeting to address the issue since county and lake association officials met in June 2015.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary elections and the Montcalm County Headlee override millage proposal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County voters decline Headlee override millage proposal

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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‘We just haven’t had an election like this one before’: Montcalm County voters head to the polls

Presidential primary elections have been drawing record voter turnout throughout the United States.

Today, it’s Michigan’s turn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school bands succeed at district band festival (PHOTOS)

Just a short time ago, Matthew Reed wasn’t entirely sure his students could come together and play the music program he had arranged to the expectations they had set forward. The Central Montcalm band director was determined to have his high school students ready to perform at the Michigan State Band and Orchestra District Band Festival, but facing a total of eight snow days, the necessary rehearsal time just wasn’t there.

An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.