Julie Stafford, publisher of The Daily News, and Elisabeth Waldon, news editor of The Daily News, testified before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on Thursday in support of a new law that would prohibit a public body from suing a person for making a FOIA request. The law was introduced by State Rep. Klint Kesto after Montcalm County sued The Daily News over a FOIA request.

Montcalm County lawsuit leads to proposed change in state FOIA law

When The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of primary election coverage this summer, Montcalm County sued this newspaper. Now, state legislators are working on amending the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen stands to address Jim Lower, the Republican candidate for the 70th District State House during Monday evening’s Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen Alliance candidate forum. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Forum discusses conservation issues with 70th District candidate

State House candidate Jim Lower had the opportunity to talk conservation with potential constituents Monday evening. Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton hosted what was supposed to be a candidate forum to talk about various conservation issues that affect the 70th District and the state of Michigan as a whole. However, Lower of Cedar Lake was the only candidate to attend.


Candidate forum set for Monday evening

onservation conscious people will get the chance to hear from 70th District State House candidates at a forum Monday evening. Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton is hosting the forum in partnership with the Mid-Michigan Sportsmen’s Alliance (MMUSA). It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is set to conclude at 8:30 p.m. It is their hope the forum will feature both the Republican candidate Jim Lower and the Democrat candidate Ken Hart.

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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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.

Charlie Mahar, at right, explains his plans for the future if he is elected Montcalm County sheriff while fellow sheriff candidates Michael Williams, center, and Charles Noll, at left, listen during a primary election forum Monday evening in Greenville. The three Republicans are facing off in today’s election. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County candidates make final bid for votes before today’s election

The three candidates in the hottest race in Montcalm County were given one last chance to earn votes. Charlie Mahar, Charles Noll and Michael Williams had their final face off during a candidate forum Monday evening at Montcalm Community College’s Ash Technology Learning Center in Gr


Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.


Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.