2021-05-21

Trail donation

CM graduates awarded GreenStone Scholarships


GreenStone Farm Credit Services takes pride in investing in students interested in pursuing agriculture careers, and believe it is extremely significant to the success of the industry.

Since 2010, GreenStone has awarded up to $40,000 in scholarships each year to incoming college freshmen, presenting $2,000 to each selected student pursuing a four-year college program, and $1,000 to each selected student pursuing a two-year college program. Out of over 50 applicants, 20 exceptional students were chosen for a scholarship, including recent Central Montcalm graduates London Eldridge and Kaitlyn Hansen.

MSHDA rolls out tool for COVID Emergency Rental Assistance


United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties, in partnership with EightCap Inc. and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has launched an online tool to help streamline the application process for renters and landlords seeking COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA).

MSHDA currently has federal funds available to help tenants avoid eviction and landlords recoup owed rent. Renters making 80% of the area median income or less are eligible. For other eligibility criteria and a link to the secure online application site, visit Michigan.gov/CERA to apply.  Landlords or tenants can fill out the CERA application and upload required documents.

Belding church opens children’s pantry, looks to local businesses for donations

When Encounter Community Church started a baby pantry in the Belding area about a decade ago, lead pastor Rob Lawrence had no idea how busy the place would get.

Operating out of Covered Village Mall at the time, the pantry grew as the church quickly realized how needed this asset was in the community.

Greenville High School orchestra delivers live performance to audience for first time in 15 months

With more than 50 students spread out six feet from one another on the stage of the Greenville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening, Susan Gould wasn’t certain what kind of experience the first orchestra concert in over a year would deliver for her students.

But halfway through the concert, as she made her way to the rear of the stage to play along with her students on the flute, a student whispered to the high school orchestra director as she passed by.

Drawing up a career

Montabella senior dreams of becoming a caricature artist

One Montabella High School senior chose a most unusual — and creative —  undertaking for his senior project this year.

McKeegan “Keegan” Ferguson drew 47 caricatures of all his classmates.

Keegan, 18, was recognized Thursday at Honors Night for the Best Overall Senior Project of the Year.

Eureka Township Planning Commission sends wind ordinance to lawyer

As the topic of wind energy and potential construction of turbines has dominated local township meetings for the better part of seven months, one township has remained quiet on the issue — until now.

During Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Eureka Township Planning Commission, a public hearing was held on a draft of amendments to “Ordinance 79,” which is the township’s zoning ordinance. The 251-page document contains all of the township’s zoning laws, from establishing various zoning districts while regulating the use, location, size, shape and subdivision of land, open spaces, buildings and structures.

Pierson Township Board to leave Planning Commission seat empty until after wind ordinance is finalized

Wind ordinance public hearing set for June 3

The Pierson Township Board has a vacancy on its Planning Commission and they are leaving it that way until after the township’s wind ordinance is finalized.

During Tuesday’s township board meeting, Supervisor Dan Buyze reported that Janet Moore, who is a current member of the township’s Parks & Rec Board, has expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the Planning Commission, which was created with the resignation of Dave Johnson, who hasn’t attended a Planning Commission meeting since last October.

Crystal Township Board looks at fire, food trucks

Whether it be for food or fire, there was no shortage of truck talk during the Crystal Township Board’s meeting last week.

The board last Wednesday unanimously approved purchasing a new pumper tanker truck for the Crystal Township Fire Department.

Upcoming and pending services for May 21, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for May 21, 2021