2022-05-04

Greenville Public Schools’ $45 million proposal fails by 2 votes

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A $45.23 million bond proposal for Greenville Public Schools failed by just two votes Tuesday. 

The final tally was 1,662 “no” votes to 1,660 “yes” votes — a margin of 0.0003% — with all nine precincts reporting.

Lakeview voters OK bond for school improvements

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Voters in the Lakeview Community Schools district rallied Tuesday to approve a $33.6 million bond to pay for school improvements.

The results are that “yes” votes outnumbered “no” votes by 892 (58.84%) to 624 (41.16%).

Central Michigan Goldstar Archery team seeing national success in Scholastic 3D Archery

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The Central Michigan Goldstar Archery team was a long way from home in early March but the hardware they came home with made the trip worth their while.

The Stanton-based archery team traveled to Owensboro, Kentucky, on March 4-6 for the Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) National Indoor Archery Championship. The team competed with over 1,000 other archers from across the country.

Benko elected, Welder recalled from Sidney Township Board

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The leader of a group “advocating against the irresponsible and invasive placement of industrial wind turbines and solar arrays in Montcalm County” was elected to the Sidney Township Board on Tuesday, ousting a trustee who supports a proposed wind farm and who voted against the township’s wind energy ordinance.

Erik Benko received 389 votes in Tuesday’s recall election compared to incumbent Trustee Jed Welder who received 196 votes — a 63% to 32% margin. Sidney Township saw a 32% voter turnout — larger than the local 2020 presidential primary election voter turnout, according to the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office.

BCAM hands out several postseason awards to local players

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The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) recently announced its annual basketball awards and several local players were recognized for their efforts this season.

To be eligible for a BCAM award, the team’s coach must be a BCAM member and nominate his players for the awards they are eligible to receive.

Voters narrowly say ‘no’ to restoring Ionia Public Schools operating millage

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Voters in the Ionia Public Schools district on Tuesday narrowly defeated a proposal to restore the non-homestead operating millage from 17.5048 mills to its original 18 mills to support schools.

The unofficial tally of “no” votes was 1,051, or 51.85%, while “yes” votes numbered 976, or 48.15%.

Voters say yes to tax neutral bond for Belding schools

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Voters said “yes” on Tuesday to a $21.5 million tax neutral bond for Belding Area Schools with no increase to the current millage rate.

The final tally was 907 “yes” votes to 655 “no” votes — a difference of 58% to 42%. Voter turnout was at 14.6%.

Sports roundup for May 4, 2022

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Sports roundup for May 4, 2022

Xylazine-involved death reported in Montcalm County

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The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been notified of a fatal overdose in Montcalm County involving the drugs xylazine and fentanyl.

The death occurred in March and was recently discovered during a routine vital records death review.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

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The fire alarm on Thursday evening of last week was caused by the explosion or upsetting of a lamp. No need of ringing a fire bell and alarming the whole city. Do that only when there is need of assistance. Yet it is of no wonder that everybody feels so timid about fire. The city has no fire department, no fire engine, no hook and ladder company, no water tanks — absolutely no protection against fire except a few Babcock fire extinguishers distributed through the city.