Elisabeth Waldon

A center lane will be added to Shaw Street in Howard City to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of vehicles waiting to turn into business driveways, such as Leppink's Food Center. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City readies for $1 million Shaw Street project

Businesses on this village’s busiest stretch will remain open throughout a $1 million road project set to begin after Labor Day and be completed by next Memorial Day. The Howard City Village Council in July approved a $1,036,389 bid from CL Trucking & Excavating of Ionia to work on Shaw Street from the village’s traffic light at Federal Road (old 131) west on Shaw to the village limits, which are located just short of the U.S. 131 expressway north and south ramps.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, all at left, listen Monday afternoon to a recommendation from Louis Schimmel of Municipal Financial Consultants Inc., John Axe of Clark Hill PLC and Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin, all at right, to retain services for a legal investigation and emergency audit into the county’s financial situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County contracts with legal, financial firms to fix ‘alarming’ budget

Montcalm County is contracting with a legal firm, a financial firm and a consulting firm in an effort to stop the bleeding of $2 million in savings per year over at least the last four years. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday, in three separate motions, to contract with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit for legal services, to contract with Municipal Financial Consultants Inc. (MFCI) in Detroit to assist Clark Hill and to contract with Rehmann Robson of Troy for accounting services as an emergency audit of the county gets underway.

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50 properties are up for grabs at Montcalm County auction

Fifty Montcalm County properties will be up for grabs during the county’s annual land auction next week, including a Greenville residence with a pool once home to multiple goldfish. The auction will begin at noon Tuesday at the Sheridan Community Center, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Each foreclosed property will start at a minimum bid of that property’s current tax debt. Thirty foreclosed properties in Ionia County will also be up for auction during Tuesday’s event.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

With the Ugly Duckling statue in the foreground at Heritage Park, the Michigan state flag, American flag and Danish flag, were raised Thursday evening during the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

52nd annual Danish Festival is underway in Greenville (PHOTOS)

A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.

This year’s Harvest Festival court includes, front, Princess Lauren Senn; back row from left, first runner-up Hannah Ringler, Queen Bridgette Pollaski and second runner-up Hope Gommensen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County senior named Howard City Harvest Festival queen

Bridgette Pollaski had some reservations about entering her first pageant, in this case the contest for Harvest Festival queen.

“The word pageant made me hesitant, as all I could picture were Barbie doll girls, mascara tears and helicopter moms,” she told an amused audience during Monday evening’s pageant at Heritage United Methodist Church just south of Howard City.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

Judge Charles Simon III appeared on behalf of Montcalm County Juvenile Court on Monday to ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to amend the budget by $162,000 to accommodate the court’s child care fund budget, which is projected to go over budget this current fiscal year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board approves more expenses as deficit looms

Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.

Scott Vukin of Pierson Township, at far left, expresses concerns to Rep. John Moolenaar at far right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Moolenaar and constituents talk GMOs, budget and the next president

About a dozen residents had a chance to share an intimate conversation with their local Congressman on Friday afternoon.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with constituents at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton, where topics touched upon a variety of issues, including GMOs, Bridge cards, the national budget deficit and November’s presidential election.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.