Jackie Gachter

Fatal farm accident leaves family devastated

Nobody could tell Jackie Gachter what to do. She had a mind of her own. She lived hard and loved hard.

Gachter died Sunday in a devastating farming accident near Sheridan. She was 54 years old.


IN BRIEF: Long meeting for Stanton’s new mayor

New Stanton Mayor Larry Peterson oversaw a contentious nearly three-hour long Stanton City Commission meeting Tuesday night.


MAISD to be formally accredited

A two-year marathon the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) has been running is coming to an end, the finish line in sight. The MAISD will be formally recognized as being accredited in January by AdvancED, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization headquartered in Arizona and Georgia. The accreditation will be valid for five years.


JUST IN: Woman killed in farm accident near Sheridan

A woman was killed in a farm accident this afternoon in the 7000 block of South Staines Road near Sheridan.

Kristen Millard

Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.

Voters enter and exit the Faith Baptist Church voting precinct in Greenville on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school and township millages pass

Voters in three Montcalm County townships and the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district approved a handful of fire, road and school millage ballot proposals Tuesday.

Voters wait patiently in line Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville as they prepare to cast their votes in the general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schafer elected to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Republican Jim Lower of Cedar Lake, who won the election for state representative for Michigan’s 70th District, reviews election results Tuesday evening at Turk Lake Bar and Restaurant with his wife, Kristen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower defeats Hart for 70th District

Republican candidate Jim Lower of Cedar Lake defeated Democratic challenger Ken Hart of Alma in Tuesday’s race for 70th District state representative.

Residents of Greenville cast their votes in the presidential election at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash, Moolenaar both returned to Congress

Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

Ron Schafer

JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.