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Randy Heckman is wearing a lot of hats in Howard City these days — business owner, fire chief, village manager and village president. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Randy Heckman juggling multiple village responsibilities

Imagine waking up in the early morning hours and firing up the snowplow to clear local streets, ushering in mourners for an afternoon funeral visitation, researching a possible zoning violation, presiding over an evening village council meeting and then being roused from your sleep well after midnight to rush out and fight a fire.

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How much should elected officials earn? Montcalm County board debating whether to fund wage study

A proposal to conduct a compensation study for elected county officials has stalled … again. The issue originally arose last August when Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard requested an $8,000 salary increase based on how her duties have changed since she first took office in 1998.

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Montcalm County commissioners move PACE district push forward

A push to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district in Montcalm County is beginning to move forward. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a PACE district.

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Hubbardston treasurer ‘shell shocked’ after being fired by new president

The new Hubbardston village president was sworn into office on Nov. 20.

Less than three weeks later, Julie Hobart-Reed made her first executive decision. She chose to terminate Carol Fink as village treasurer.

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JUST IN: Howard City Village Council hires new president as manager

HOWARD CITY — The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to call off an ongoing village manager search in favor of hiring newly elected Village President Randy Heckman as interim village manager.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC votes on clean energy, veterans department

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and approved a variety of motions today involving clean energy, emergency services, military and veterans and the wages of elected officials.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

Several students were injured when a Tri County Area Schools bus slid off the road and struck a tree Wednesday afternoon near Howard City. — Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Tri County school bus strikes tree, several students injured

Several students were injured when a Tri County Area Schools bus slid off the road and struck a tree Wednesday afternoon near Howard City.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. at Tamarack and Daggett roads. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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UPDATE: Teenage pedestrian, pregnant woman and toddler all injured in Howard City accident

A teenage pedestrian and a baby were injured and a pregnant woman went into labor when two vehicles collided Tuesday afternoon in Howard City. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on M-82 just east of Amy School Road around 3:45 p.m.

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JUST IN: Teenage pedestrian and baby injured in 2-vehicle crash in Howard City, pregnant woman goes into labor

A teenage pedestrian and a baby were injured and a pregnant woman went into labor when two vehicles collided this afternoon in Howard City.