MIKE TAYLOR: Hunting the great white tornado

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“If his chest had been a  cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.” — Herman Melville, Moby Dick

It happened again. I missed the tornado.

Cato Township Board tables wind ordinance amid protests

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The Cato Township Board was expected to vote on a wind energy ordinance on Monday evening.

The township’s Planning Commission voted on June 9 to recommend the draft ordinance to the township board, so board members have been in possession of the draft for more than a month now. Planning commissioners were present Monday to answer any questions, as was the attorney who had assisted them.

Homichs named Danish Festival grand marshals

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Upon being named grand marshals of the upcoming 58th annual Danish Festival, this year’s recipients found themselves overwhelmed at the news, left in a state of disbelief.

However, their selection should come as a surprise to no one else.

Greenville school board to consider new curriculum

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Vote will occur at Aug. 8 meeting

Aiming to help students better manage emotions, develop positive relationships and make good decisions, Greenville Public Schools is preparing to implement a new social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for the upcoming school year. 

During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Linda Van Houten informed the board that following the implementation of a pilot program this past school year, district administration are prepared to implement SEL curricula at both the elementary and secondary levels. 

Vestaburg’s Allison Wichert excited to continue track career at Alma

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Allison Wichert is an artist. Her painting skills are sublime.

She wants to eventually take those artistry skills into the professional world, she wants to jump into advertising with graphic design to create flyers or even television advertisements. She said she has the skills to get there, but she is sometimes hard on herself when it comes to her work — she wants to be as perfect as possible.

Ionia County Central Dispatch not notified of tornado warning

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Ionia County Central Dispatch was not notified of a tornado warning during Monday night’s stormy and windy weather in the area.

Central Dispatch Director Lance Langdon reported during Tuesday’s Ionia County Board of Commissioners meeting that a tornado warning was issued, but Central Dispatch was not notified of it so the emergency response center did not issue an alert.

GACF pledges $1.25 million to MCC campaign

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$7 million ‘Transforming Lives, Empowering People’ campaign includes $5 million renovation of the Kenneth J. Smith Instructional Building 

The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) has awarded Montcalm Community College a five-year grant totaling $1.25 million to support the college’s “Transforming Lives, Empowering People” campaign.

The “Transforming Lives, Empowering People” campaign is designed to allocate $7 million to develop programs that will help students “gain access and be successful” at MCC.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Upcoming and pending services for July 14, 2022

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Upcoming and pending services for July 14, 2022

JUST IN: State of Michigan orders Montcalm Township clerk to cease election-related work

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The Michigan Bureau of Elections has ordered the Montcalm Township clerk not to administer any elections or related duties in her township while a felony forgery charge is pending against her.

Jessica Shearer is charged with forgery, a possible 14-year felony, for allegedly lying about and submitting false documents related to a planned township election precinct split.