Montcalm chapter of FFA is racking up success

Students who are a part of FFA are taught to plan.

They are inspired to learn, lead and solve problems. It comes as no surprise that they put their skills to the test during a pandemic.

Howard City man’s prelim adjourned due to witness absence, virtual cop

The preliminary examination of a Howard City man accused of choking his ex-girlfriend was adjourned on Wednesday, Feb. 17, after she failed to appear and the investigating officer only appeared virtually.

Timothy John Werkema, 38, is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder related to a Jan. 28 incident just outside of Greenville.

Pewamo man sentenced to prison for domestic assault

A Pewamo man was sentenced to prison after an Ionia County judge said his story about what led to an assault didn’t add up.

Dillon Warren Silvernail, 30, was sentenced Feb. 2 in Ionia County Circuit Court to 26 months to five years in prison for assault to do great bodily harm less than murder/assault by strangulation or suffocation.

Man gets prison time for attempting to rob gas station, after which his getaway car crashed

A man was sentenced to prison time after he attempted to rob a local gas station, then was injured when the getaway car crashed not far from the scene.

Antwan Moliek Kelly, 41, of Paw Paw, attempted to rob the Ago gas station at M-57 and M-66 around 2 a.m. on May 10, 2020.

Firefighter, military vet are newest faces on Montcalm County board

The two newest Montcalm County commissioners may be 30 years apart in age, but they have much in common — a background in the auto industry, a passion for community service and a drive to be involved in their county government.

Michael Beach, 65, of Carson City and Brandon Stowell, 35, of Trufant are the two newest faces on the nine-member county board. Both men ran unopposed as Republicans in the 2020 primary and general elections.

Pierson Township Board creates wind energy zone for commercial wind turbines east of Federal Road

The Pierson Township Board has amended its zoning ordinance for the second time in three months regarding wind turbines.

Board members voted 4-1 on Feb. 16 to amend their zoning ordinance to establish a wind energy zone to allow commercial wind tower construction on six and a half sections east of Federal Road (old 131), which is mostly agricultural land.

Crystal home suffers heavy damage after structure fire, cause not determined

Lupe Harwood and his family were on their way to Grand Rapids on Monday evening when they got a phone call telling them they’d better return home.

“We were on our way to Grand Rapids to take care of (my wife’s) mom because she’s sick,” Harwood told the Daily News. “We go there all the time.”

Low level of PFAS detected in Edmore Well 3

For a second time, a village well has tested positive for a small amount of PFAS, a group of chemicals used in thousands of consumer and industrial products that can lead to adverse effects on human health.

Edmore’s Well 3, located at the corner of W. Pine and S. Moore streets, showed a low reading of 2 parts per trillion (PPT) — far below Michigan’s Maximum Contaminant Level of 420 PPT in drinking water — specifically for PFBS, one of thousands of PFAS compounds.

After 1-3 start, Central Montcalm wins third straight, scores road win over Tri County, 68-58

As Tuesday’s game at Tri County inched its way to the finish, Bailey Vissman stepped to the free-throw line to further ice the game and add to the lead that Central Montcalm had built.

The Green Hornets’ senior missed the first of two free throws, prompting head coach Rob Putnam to jokingly poke at her from the sidelines asking if she was tired.

Sports roundup for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Sports roundup for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021