Twenty years ago, a major surveying project got underway in Montcalm County. The Montcalm Remonumentation Program was part of a statewide effort starting in 1993 with the goal of preserving history, protecting cadastral surveys (maps showing boundaries or property lines) and promoting professional surveying practices, according to William Tingley of Tingley & Associates, a land surveying and engineering service in Stanton. Tingley has a contract for the remonumentation of Gratiot and Montcalm counties.
Like a wobbly gait of a toddler, Central Montcalm Public School took baby steps in the right direction. On Wednesday evening, the school board approved amendments to two different funds after hearing from Chief School Business Official Ron Simon that the district had gained revenue in both the general fund and food service fund.
It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.
Mark Christensen would like to have a few words with whoever started the rumor about road commission employees not working Monday. Christensen, the managing director for the Road Commission for Montcalm County, said he received several phone calls from people saying they heard workers weren’t out plowing the roads due to hydraulics freezing on the trucks.
The first big winter storm of 2014 has completely shut down several municipalities. Belding city offices are all closed today due to the weather, as are all Ionia County government buildings, including the courthouses.
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A small gesture of kindness can go a long way, as two local college students recently discovered. Krysti Jolley, 18, is a student at Montcalm Community College (MCC) who one day hopes to become a veterinarian, but in the meantime, she continues to take her mandatory classes and work on the side to eventually pay off her financial aid.
A year-long search for work had turned up zero opportunities for Rodney Brown, who lost his job in maintenance with United Solar Ovonic when the Greenville company shut down.
With apologies to Malcolm Rebennack Jr., better known as Dr. John, members of the Montcalm Alliance were “in The Right Place … but it must have been the wrong time …” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners didn’t vote for or against a millage request from the Montcalm Alliance on Monday, deciding instead to send the proposal to a public hearing next month.