Bill Simpson Jr. is no stranger to hard work. Since middle school, he’s been putting in regular work days, at first just doing odd jobs; cleaning, yard work, washing cars. The difference between Simpson and most kids his age is this: he was doing these chores for his father’s business, Simpson Family Funeral Homes.
Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.
Nicole Cooley’s day doesn’t begin with the rest of her high school peers. It starts much earlier, around 1 a.m. when the Vestaburg High School sophomore delivers newspapers. After about several hours of delivering, she returns to her grandparents’ home, knowing her efforts are helping her sick grandfather who can no longer deliver newspapers himself. Then she goes to the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to begin her school day. As she walks through the door, sometimes yawning, there is not much that can wake or excite the 17-year-old student … until she enters the classroom of Merry Kim Meyers.
On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil clamored out of his hole to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Those who live in West Michigan already had made that same prediction after the snow-filled weekend.
A Sheridan woman has died one day after she sustained a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Montcalm County sheriff’s officers responded to a report of a shooting on Huck Drive near County Farm Road at 9:45 p.m. Monday.
A proposal to create a clean energy district in Montcalm County stalled Monday when county commissioners couldn’t find anyone to answer their questions. In December, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district within the county.
Sometimes, good things come to those who wait. This can be a hopeful philosophy, particularly when the party doing the waiting has no choice. Such is the case for the city of Stanton.
Amy Meinhardt began as a kindergarten student at Central Montcalm Public School. After college graduation, she was hired by the district to be a first grade teacher. At a special school board meeting Monday night, Meinhardt was hired once again … this time as the new superintendent.
Christmas is coming back to Stanton (even if you didn’t know it ever left).
A local group called Bring Christmas Back To Stanton wants to relight the large pine tree on the lawn of the Montcalm County court complex on the north side of Stanton, something which hasn’t been done for several years.
This city may soon see an influx of light industrial expansion, assuming a deal between Stanton and a company currently located in Cedar Springs goes through as expected. PromoQuip, which builds and markets promotional equipment — like “money blowing booths,” Plinko games and prize wheels — is in negotiations with the city for a piece of property located at 1126 East Main St. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm and PromoQuip owner David Sanderson, the purchase is close to being a “done deal.”