Attending classes and receiving a hands-on experience in the construction trades at the Montcalm Area Career Center can prove to be a rewarding experience for many high school students.
However, as dozens of second-grade students from elementary schools at Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg poured into the building last week, youths such as Central Montcalm senior and MACC construction trades student Gabe Lewis, 17, served up lasting educational memories not just for themselves, but for the youngsters to hang onto for perhaps a lifetime.
A $410,000 surplus tax capture that unknowingly developed between Ionia County and the city of Ionia over the course of several years has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties without costly litigation.
The issue was discovered about a year and a half ago during a routine review of city finances by City Manager Precia Garland, who determined the city was still collecting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) taxes through the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA), despite the original agreement to collect those taxes having expired several years earlier.
Montcalm County officials continued discussing how to make their administrative building more secure, but stopped short of following the controller-administrator’s recommendation to take away the keys from two local political groups that meet there.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to table the topic of building security during their Dec. 5 meeting until a future meeting. The discussion of how to make the Administrative Building more secure began in early October as the issue repeatedly comes up during county department head meetings, but no official action has taken place yet.
A Newaygo man is being held on a bond of half a million dollars after allegedly stabbing three men at a Winfield Township residence after an altercation at the Amble Bar over the weekend.
Al Daniel Thompson, 30, was arraigned on Monday in Montcalm County District Court after being arrested on Sunday afternoon. He is charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, all felonies.