An economic development millage proposal may have died at the county level, but Greenville officials are continuing to pursue the idea on their own. Late last year, members of the Montcalm Alliance, a local economic development group, asked the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to approve a property tax increase to fund the Alliance’s effort to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization. Certain Alliance members wanted commissioners to approve a special millage via Michigan’s Public Act 88, which would bypass a vote of the people. The proposal moved forward in committee meetings, but the idea died last month after commissioners declined to vote on the proposal, effectively killing it.
Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study
It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.
Randolph Flechsig gets excited talking about rural healthcare like some people get excited talking about their favorite sports team. Flechsig took on administrative duties at Sheridan Community Hospital just over one year ago. He describes the past year as busy and challenging, but in a good way.
Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.
The continued snow and challenging weather in Michigan has not kept letter carriers from going out and delivering the mail. The United States Postal Service (USPS) thanks its customers for helping letter carriers deliver mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.
Illuminated by the bluish glow of a computer screen, the sharp eyes of 30-year veteran dispatcher Jan Jourdan dart from one monitor to the next, locating nearest personnel, directing services and gathering information from the caller, all while keeping an almost eery calm.
Jim Dennis is overwhelmed. He is surrounded by insane people. And he’s loving it. Flooded with emails, phone calls and Facebook comments, Dennis, coordinator of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser event for Montcalm County, is once again gathering pledges from brave souls who will “take the plunge” into the cold waters of Turk Lake to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.
Sharilee Sprowls, “Charli,” to her friends, is hoping an upcoming surgery will end the debilitating headaches that have plagued her daily for the past seven years. More than just headaches, really, the painful attacks are so severe that all Charli can do when she’s having one is remain in a darkened bedroom; any other activity makes the pain unbearable.
For Greenville High School Band Director Susan Gould, the large amount of snow days this winter — nine to date — has made her teaching routine nearly impossible as students remain home, many without instruments on which to practice.