Elisabeth Waldon

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.

Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.

loc 0829 cs School bus-1

BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

loc 0828 ew Latitudes 1

Howard City Village Council now supports Latitudes apartments

After learning more details about a proposal to build high-end apartments above a local restaurant, most of the Howard City Village Council now supports the idea. The council voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal at a special meeting Wednesday night. The move was a reversal of a 6-1 vote against the proposal last month.

dnlogo

Montcalm County commissioners likely denying most wage requests

Montcalm County commissioners are taking back tentative budget request approvals after learning the county is still facing a deficit this coming fiscal year. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led Monday morning’s two-hour budget meeting alongside Finance & Personnel Committee members Ron Baker of Howard City, Ron Braman of Vestaburg, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

Latitudes Restaurant and Steelhead Tavern is housed in a century-old building that previously served as home to the Howard City Hotel. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council unsure about Latitudes apartments

Frank Zamarippa opened Latitudes Roadhouse and Steelhead Tavern in 2003 with the goal of bringing well-crafted regional and seasonal food to a unique dining experience in downtown Howard City. Eleven years later, the gastro pub is going strong, with more than 20 employees working in the historic building which formerly housed the Howard City Hotel more than a century ago.

dnlogo

Michigan Court of Appeals upholds sleepover assault conviction

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Greenville man who molested a teenager at his own daughter’s sleepover party.

Jonas Lownsbery was convicted by a Montcalm County jury in November 2012 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct from an incident dating back to May 2010.

Triston McAllister-Harris, 17, of Mount Pleasant, and Trucker Shattuck, 19, of Six Lakes, were both killed in a car crash early Monday morning. The two young men were cousins. The driver, William Amble, 19, of Six Lakes, was injured in the crash. — Courtesy photo

‘They were always together’: Montabella area remembers cousins killed in car crash

The Montabella community is mourning the loss of two young men and the injuries of a third after a fiery car accident in the early morning hours of Monday.

William Amble, 19, of Six Lakes, Triston McAllister-Harris, 17, of Mount Pleasant, and Trucker Shattuck, 19, of Six Lakes, were all in a 1999 Plymouth Breeze going south on Musson Road near Deaner Road around 1 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree.

dnlogo

Montcalm County controller-administrator praised, earns bonus

After lengthy discussion and one failed motion, the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee recommended a bonus for their controller-administrator. Montcalm County’s information and technology (IT) specialist position was vacant for several months, after Mary McMillen resigned last December. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer stepped up and filled the position until April, when Eric McLaughlin was hired to fill the vacancy.

dnlogo

Montcalm County officials continue to work on budget

Montcalm County commissioners continued to hash out the upcoming budget year in another three-hour meeting Monday. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led the meeting, along with Finance & Personnel Committee members Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild, center, talks about whether to hire a new village manager at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Explanation sought in Edmore village manager situation, but still not given

Again the four councilmen were asked, and again they deigned to answer why they voted not extend this village manager’s contract.

The question was asked at tonight’s Edmore Village Council meeting, which more than 30 people attended.