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The nondescript, unmarked Amble Fire Department building is located kitty corner from the Amble Road House bar in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County approves EMS, sheriff vehicle purchases

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple vehicle requests today, all but one of them unanimously.

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Road Commission wants to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County road work

On Monday, the Road Commission for Montcalm County will ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners for permission to borrow $4 million for local road work in reaction to Michigan’s road funding legislative package.

Howard City Department of Public Works employee Joe Cornelisse sprinkles salt on sidewalks on Edgerton Street in front of downtown Howard City businesses on Wednesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council members criticize DPW, again

After a one-month reprieve, this village’s Department of Public Works was once again the subject of complaints at the Howard City Village Council meeting. During Monday night’s 34-minute meeting, the DPW was criticized by multiple council members on multiple counts. Last November’s council meeting was also full of complaints about the DPW.

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Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, listens as Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr explains how the college trains students to prepare for manufacturing jobs, such as using this basic motor control system board. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Moolenaar tours MCC, learns about rapidly changing workforce

Lots of us probably sing along to the Japanese lyrics of “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,” by the rock band Styx. But for many Americans, that’s where the knowledge of Asia and technology end.

Bill Braman former Montcalm Community College trustee and primary donor in the college’s Creating Futures, Strengthening Partnerships capital campaign, speaks at the ribbon cutting of the college’s Bill Braman Family Center for Education in April 2013. — File photo

‘True community servant’: Local philanthropist dies at age 91

A Greenville man is being remembered for his fierce community devotion and spirit of philanthropy.

Willard “Bill” Braman died Saturday at Spectrum Health United Hospital. He was 91 years old.

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Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

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IN BRIEF: Winterfest returning to Howard City

Winter is here and Winterfest is just around the corner.

The Howard City Village Council discussed the annual festival during tonight’s council meeting.

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JUST IN: Greenville philanthropist Bill Braman dies at age 91

A Greenville man is being remembered for his fierce community devotion and spirit of philanthropy.

Willard “Bill” Braman died today at Spectrum Health United Hospital. He was 91 years old.