After 40 years of ownership and ready to welcome retirement, John Bookwalter didn’t have to look far in finding the right person to hand the keys of his car dealership to. Having owned Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick since acquiring it in 1977, Bookwalter has employed numerous people, from high school students to longtime community residents, and in looking toward the future he chose one of his dedicated staff members in Brandon Stowell.
“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.
Just over a year ago, this community said goodbye to the old Carnation condensery building.
The Sheridan Village Council hopes to welcome new businesses to that property this year.
The ordinary caterpillar toils daily, but it is not until he goes through a transformation that he becomes free to soar. Stanton’s Trinity Church uses that same concept in its original musical Easter drama “Born Again.”
The church will feature “Born Again” at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.
A Montcalm County millage effort to fund five community services has been narrowed down to two: Conservation and 4-H. Animal Control, parks and recreation and veterans were initially part of the discussion which began in January, but representatives from those three organizations have since dropped out (animals and veterans officially, parks and rec unofficially).
Personal property taxes, income taxes and legislative updates were the talks at the table Tuesday evening. The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees heard an update from Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). Hansen talked about Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget, the failed initiative to do away with income tax in Michigan and equity in student opportunity.
Moolenaar, R-Midland, is the representative of the 4th District, which includes Montcalm County (minus Eureka Township), as well as Gratiot, Isabella and Mecosta counties, among others. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 4th District is the second-most rural district in the state, second only to the 1st District, which contains the entirety of the Upper Peninsula.
After the Sheridan Village Council voted to switch to Republic Services for trash collection during the March 14 meeting, several residents received bills from Granger Trash Services going past the end of their contract.
Those residents included Village Superintendent Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Councilman Steve Scott.
Tuition rates for Montcalm Community College (MCC) students will be increasing slightly in the upcoming academic year.
The 2015 Sam Quinones book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” tells the story of how the prescription painkiller epidemic of the early 2000s spawned heroin addiction in unlikely locations around the country.