Budget cuts are coming to Montcalm County. The question is, how and where? Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal on March 8 by 58 to 42 percent. If it had been approved, the funds would have gone toward balancing the county’s $230,000 budget deficit as well as restoring some county services. Now what?
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Matthew Reed’s pickup truck remains where he parked it two weeks ago. The silver Chevy with rust around the edges is stationed next to Reed’s white house at 2028 Royal Street at the corner of Division and Royal in the village of McBride.
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.
In the middle of discussion between college and university representatives at Montcalm Community College (MCC) Wednesday, the most unique guest in attendance decided it was time to make her presence known. A loud whinny from Mae, the miniature horse standing nearby, erupted through mixed conversation, drawing laughs from those in attendance at a luncheon celebrating MCC’s agricultural partnership with Michigan State University (MSU).
A key component of Michigan’s upcoming fiscal year budget is raising some eyebrows among health care administrators. With more than 50 people in attendance at Monday’s legislative update, the primary subject of discussion required double the regularly allocated space to provide enough seating as a number of Montcalm County residents raised issue with Section 298 of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2016-2017 budget.
With more than 75 pairs of eyes watching from a safe distance Monday morning, a collective gasp suddenly came forth as a portion of the former Carnation milk condensery building came crashing to the ground. With two excavators clawing away at the three-story structure, onlookers were treated to the demolition of the old factory, bringing forth a large portion of the community of less than 700 residents.
The cosmetology program may be coming to an end, but machine and tool programs are coming to Montcalm County. During Thursday’s Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education, Celena Mills, associate superintendent of the Career Technical Education (CTE) center, reported on the progress of the new machine and tool program readying for launch.
Carol Brand has lived in this village all her life — more than 70 years now — and the old milk condensery has always been a part of the landscape. Her grandfather, Jay Flennery, was a dairy farmer and sold his milk to “the can,” as locals called the cannery. Brand recalls as a girl going on a school field trip of the facility and seeing the “great, big, huge evaporator.”
Is Montcalm County in the business of controlling or caring for animals? Angie Hollinshead thinks it’s both. That’s why the director of Montcalm County Animal Control wants to change her department’s name. Hollinshead presented her idea at Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee.
In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.