The multiple courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties are about to be consolidated underneath one chief judge. Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. His new appointment will take effect Jan. 1.
This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital. From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.
The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Montcalm County officials are about to receive a set of picture encyclopedias. On Nov. 12, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved writing a letter of intent to contract with Pictometry for a compilation of aerial photographs of county parcels.
A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”
If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.
The chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners began Tuesday’s meeting with an apology. Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview spoke up during public comment to reference another public comment — one at the Oct. 28 board meeting. Almost an hour of public comments were heard at that meeting regarding a proposed secondhand dealer ordinance, primarily authored by Commissioner Steve DeWitt of Coral.
A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website (montcalmalliance.com) and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.
SHERIDAN — One by one they stood. Ever so slowly, yet proudly, as 17 names were called, these men, the youngest in his 80s and the oldest 96 years old, stood to be recognized. These men, a small and quickly decreasing number, are the World War II veterans who were given accolades at the [...]
Tuesday’s election saw an assortment of newcomers and familiar faces voted into office in Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton.