Recount requested for Greenville Public Schools bond vote

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Questions raised about Montcalm Township clerk mailing absentee ballots late

A Greenville man has requested a recount for a Greenville Public Schools bond that failed by only two votes last week.

A $45.23 million bond proposal for the Greenville school district failed by 1,662 “no” votes to 1,660 “yes” votes in the May 3 election. The bond passed in the city of Greenville’s four precincts and in Spencer Township but failed in Eureka, Fairplain, Montcalm, Oakfield and Sidney townships. It also failed in Otisco Township, 1-2, where only three people voted.

Barry County commissioner enters 78th District race

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Submitted by Ben Geiger

Barry County Commissioner Ben Geiger, a Republican from Nashville, has entered the race for the newly drawn 78th District state representative, which includes the Ionia, Portland, Lake Odessa and Lowell area.

Benko and Welder face off in Sidney Township recall, third candidate drops out

One of three candidates running in a Sidney Township trustee recall election has dropped out of the race a week before the vote.

Erik Benko and Scott Giddings both filed to run under “no party affiliation” against Sidney Township Trustee Jed Welder, the Republican incumbent.

Winfield Twp. to have solar referendum on August ballot

A solar energy ordinance referendum will appear on the township’s ballot in this summer’s primary election.

The Winfield Township Board voted 5-0 last Thursday to approve language to appear on the ballot in August asking township residents whether they wish to approve the township’s new solar ordinance.

FSA Ionia County Committee election underway

Voting is now open for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Ionia County Committee.

The 2021 election in Ionia County will be conducted for the representative for Local Administrative Area 1.

Ionia County voters approve 3 township millages, uncontested seats filled in 4 local cities


Voters in three Ionia County townships approved fire and road millages in Tuesday’s election, while uncontested seats were filled by incumbents in four cities in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Voter turnout was 8.62% in the city of Greenville and 9.10% in the city of Stanton for an average turnout of 8.72%, according to Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard.

JUST IN: Ionia library millage fails, again


Voters have once again turned down an Ionia Community Library millage proposal.

The final tally in Tuesday’s election was 1,551 “no” votes to 1,447 “yes” votes — a difference of 104 votes.

All local city seats uncontested in Nov. 2 election

FREE Write-in deadline is Friday

Along with a host of uncontested city seats on the Nov. 2 ballot in Ionia and Montcalm counties, Ionia County voters will also decide several millage proposals.

The write-in deadline is 4 p.m. Friday with your local city clerk for anyone wishing to run for one of the open city seats listed below.

CC-Crystal voters overwhelmingly approve wind turbine bond proposal

With Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voters having approved a bond proposal in Tuesday’s election, district officials are now getting ready to pursue improvements to benefit students and staff alike.

CC-C’s bond proposal passed with 628 “yes” votes to 310 “no” votes. The school district saw an overall 16% voter turnout.