By making some tough decisions, including denying almost all wage increase requests, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.
For well over a decade, Mary Ledford, of Mid Michigan Motorplex, has been hosting an annual race to help support Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots program. On good years, the effort has raised as much as $2,000; bad years have brought in as little $500. But every race has gone a long way toward brightening the Christmas mornings of the county’s neediest children.
New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.
One of the most enthusiastic employees of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is being forced into retirement. Rex, a German shepherd, is being retired after seven years of service. His retirement comes on the heels of a diagnosis of canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord for which there is no cure.
A former Montcalm County sheriff, a man who dedicated most of his adult life to law enforcement, died Aug. 29 in Sun City Center, Fla. Thomas Hebert was 83 years old.
Years ago, every elementary school had its own school nurse to clean and bandage playground scrapes, provide a cot to rest on with an upset stomach and to hand out an aspirin for a headache. Those days have gone by the wayside.
The quest to purchase new uniforms for the Central Montcalm High School Marching Band took a big step forward at last Friday’s varsity football game. Before the game began, Sheridan VFW Post 5065 Commander Donald P. Rule and Senior Vice Commander Ronald Kessler donated a check in the amount of $2,500 toward the new uniforms.
When the school year started, many teachers passed out rubrics so their students would know the expectations for the class.
On Wednesday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education and superintendent met at a special meeting to do a similar task.
A man has been hospitalized in serious condition after a rollover crash on Carson City Road (M-57) on Thursday afternoon.
Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.