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A new day in Michigan? Group delivers history lesson at board meeting

A new day in Michigan? Group delivers history lesson at board meeting

By Elisabeth Waldon
From The Daily News

STANTON — About 20 people attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to make a statement about “the original Constitutional jurisdiction of Michigan, a free and independent state.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Robert Gilman and his wife, Marilyn Totzkay, both of Crystal, read portions of a lengthy statement, as did Randy Esch of Stanton. The group did not make any formal request of the commissioners.

City of Greenville Hiring Precinct Election Inspectors

From: http://www.greenvillemi.org

The City of Greenville is looking for individuals who may be interested in becoming precinct election inspectors for upcoming elections.

A precinct election inspector shall be a qualified and registered elector of the county in which he or she serves; have a good reputation; shall have sufficient education and clerical ability to perform the duties of the office. A person shall not be appointed to a board of election inspector unless the person has filed an application with a city, township, or village clerk in that county where the individual wishes to serve as election inspector.

Outman sponsors agriculture town hall June 29 at 4-H fairgrounds

Outman sponsors agriculture town hall June 29 at 4-H fairgrounds

State Rep. Rick Outman will sponsor an agriculture town hall meeting on Friday, June 29 at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds in Greenville.

Joining Outman, R-Six Lakes, for the agriculture forum will be state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, chair of the House Agriculture Committee; state Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee; and state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Speakers for the event, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Ash Building at 8784 W. Peck Road, are Bill Bobier of the Michigan Department of Agriculture; Rebecca Park from Michigan Farm Bureau; Mary Kelpinski of Michigan Pork Producers; Ben Kudwa with the Michigan Potato Industry Commission; and Phil Korson, president of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Belding City Council adopts budget for 2012-2013; OKs bridge repair

Belding City Council adopts budget for 2012-2013; OKs bridge repair

by Cory Smith
from The Daily News


BELDING — Members of Belding City Council officially adopted a balanced budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year during Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting.

After being first proposed in April and having gone through several revisions, the final version of the budget was presented to council members by City Manager Randy DeBruine Tuesday night and voted through by council members with a 5-0 vote.

“This budget is balanced,” DeBruine said. “We have some healthy fund balances that enable us to do this. The city is in compliance with the city’s budget ordinance and maintains a higher percentage than 10 percent of fund balance ratio, as is required.”

Recent changes to the budget included a transfer to the library fund of $14,039. That transfer was made in order to assist with the costs for the events that transpired earlier in the month...

No cuts, layoffs in Greenville’s city budget

No cuts, layoffs in Greenville’s city budget

by Kelli Ameling
from The Daily News


GREENVILLE — The Greenville city budget beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013, has been completed and proposed to the Greenville City Council for its first look.

Although City Manager George Bosanic said the budget was one of his hardest yet to balance, he said it was able to be balanced without cutting services or layoffs.

“We keep experiencing increasing expenses and have declining revenue wherever we turn,” Bosanic said. “It has been one of the hardest budgets to balance.”

One major impact to the budget, along with other companies, was the Feb. 14 bankruptcy filing of United Solar Ovonic. Bosanic said the company used a large amount of water from the city and paid a...

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Montcalm County Presidential Primary Election Results

Montcalm County Presidential Primary Election Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In Montcalm County, the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 2,939 votes, Mitt Romney with 2,174 votes, and Ron Paul with 852 votes.

Voter turnout for the election was just over 20%.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

BAS - November Update from Your Superintendent

BAS - November Update from Your Superintendent

November 1, 2011

Things have been very busy for the staff and students at Belding Area Schools and yet, it somehow feels as if the school year just began. In reality, we are already nearing the end of first trimester. Fall sports seasons are wrapping up, the fall play is fast approaching, our band is once again off to Ford Field and MEAP is over. As we continue to be faced with the many challenges of public education, our goal remains to accept them, overcome them, and offer the best education possible to the students of Belding.