Elisabeth Waldon

Aaron Reames of Winfield Township breaks down a cardboard box before placing it in a dumpster Wednesday at a Montcalm County recycling site located in the Leppink’s parking lot on Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County recycling service remains uncertain

Montcalm County officials are trying to crack down on littering at recycling sites, even the future of those recycling sites appears uncertain. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to ask the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office to look into the possibility of making littering at recycling sites a civil infraction enforced by community members. The recommendation was made by the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee on July 21.

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Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.

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Montcalm County commissioners left in the dark over lawsuit

The entire Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were left in the dark when Montcalm County sued The Daily News, Undersheriff Mike Williams and Deputy Charlie Mahar on Friday. Commissioners were not told about the lawsuit when they met for their regular monthly meeting Monday and they did not know the case went to trial and was dismissed by a judge Tuesday.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears sobering audit report

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard a sobering audit report today and unanimously voted to approve the report.

Bill Tucker from Abraham & Gaffney gave the report based on county financial statements from September 2015. He pointed out several weaknesses and failures in the county’s current financial statements, as well as those from years past.

Larry Cole

Alley Cat Bar & Grill owner charged with multiple sex crimes

A prominent Lakeview businessman has been arrested and charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving six victims at his popular bowling alley, bar and restaurant.

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Montcalm County emergency services on display at open house

Local emergency service departments will host an open house Saturday to showcase the many services they provide.

The public services house will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 655 N. State St. and will feature the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Montcalm County Central Dispatch and the Road Commission for Montcalm County.

Courtesy photo/Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

Man dies in motorcycle accident, body found 2 days later

A local man died in a motorcycle-tree accident Sunday night, but his body wasn’t discovered until Tuesday evening.

Howard City Fire Chief Randy Heckman sprays foam as delighted children jump and play Tuesday morning as part of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library summer reading program fun. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council spends on street project, fire truck and fencing

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to spend more than $1.4 million combined on a street project, new fire truck and ballfield fencing during Monday night’s meeting.

Joel Ibarra

JUST IN: Man charged with 4 felonies after double fatal in Six Lakes

A Grand Rapids-area man has been charged with four felonies for his role in causing an accident that killed a Grand Rapids couple last spring.

Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, Mich., is charged with two counts of operating under the influence causing death and two counts of reckless driving causing death. All four charges are felonies with maximum sentences of 15 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

An employee of Edward Mulholland tosses a spray line to the side Monday morning as he sprays the roof of the McCarthy Park pavilion from right to left with asphalt-based aluminum to cover the rust. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

South Carolina man paints park roof, pays it forward in Montcalm County

Edward Mulholland spent his 25th birthday painting the rusting pavilion roof of a Montcalm County park … for free. Mulholland, who lives in North Augusta, S.C., has been coming up to Michigan the past few years to do paint jobs over the summer. He painted four barns earlier this summer for Roger Betten of Trufant.