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A group of children dressed in traditional garb from the turn of the 20th century visit the cemetery at Heritage Village during Friday’s Heritage Festival. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Heritage Festival celebrates 30 years of history

James Ehle of Stanton was one of many visitors at the 30th annual Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College’s Sidney during a three-day celebration this weekend, but he was one of the few who could say he grew up at the village. The Ehle family has been involved with the historic village over the years with the Ehle Barn formerly owned by Merle Ehle and donated by granddaughter Tammy DuVall; the Pavilion planned by Fred Ehle; and years of horse-drawn wagon rides around the perimeter.

Scott Vukin of Pierson Township, at far left, expresses concerns to Rep. John Moolenaar at far right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Moolenaar and constituents talk GMOs, budget and the next president

About a dozen residents had a chance to share an intimate conversation with their local Congressman on Friday afternoon.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with constituents at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton, where topics touched upon a variety of issues, including GMOs, Bridge cards, the national budget deficit and November’s presidential election.

A sign emblazoned with the words, “Please don’t touch the books,” sits on top of the volumes Larry Massie brought from his personal collection of 45,000 books to showcase the different ways each book is special and rare during the One Book, One County closing celebration. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

One Book, One County closes with speaker who collects rare books

Mary Andersen has a love for books that some people might say borders on bibliomania — those people just don’t get it. Ever since she was a girl, Andersen of Greenville has had a passion for the written word. Her personal collection of books is extensive. Even she is unsure how many books she has exactly, but she does know that she has no plans to part with them anytime soon.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.

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Voters renew Montcalm County EMS millage

Montcalm County voters overwhelmingly approved renewing an emergency services millage Tuesday. The final vote was 6,590 “yes” votes (72 percent) to 2,552 “no” votes (28 percent).

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CM, Montabella voters pass ballot proposals

A majority of voters in their respective districts approved a bond proposal for Central Montcalm Public School and allowed Montabella Community Schools to continue its 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy on Tuesday.

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Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams monitors primary election results online with his wife, Jeni, at their Sidney-area home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters choose Williams as next Montcalm County sheriff

The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.

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JUST IN: Voters approve Central Montcalm’s school bond proposal, Montabella’s tax levy renewal

A majority of voters in their districts approved a bond proposal for Central Montcalm Public School and voted Montabella Community Schools to continue its 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy.