Elisabeth Waldon

John Moolenaar

Rep. Moolenaar: Obama delivers mixed messages

President Barack Obama took a straightforward approach to his State of the Union address Tuesday, declaring the end of a recession and two wars and the start of more jobs and health insurance … and victoriously taking credit for all of the above.

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Montcalm County elected official wage debate wages on

Call it payroll pinball.

A proposal to conduct a wage study for elected county officials was put into motion by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners last summer by referring the issue to the Finance & Personnel Committee. When only two of 11 vendors responded to the county’s request for bids, commissioners referred the issue back to committee. On Monday, the committee decided to send the issue to a sub-committee for further analysis.

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Montcalm County clerk’s office collects $600,000+ in delinquent court fines

About a decade ago, Montcalm County had $2.7 million in delinquent court fines, costs and restitution.

Today, that number has been reduced by more than $600,000, thanks to the efforts of the county clerk’s office.

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Montcalm County officials revisit secondhand dealer proposal

The wording of a proposed secondhand dealers ordinance has been bandied about for so long among Montcalm County officials that the commissioner who originally proposed the idea is no longer in office.

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Montcalm County officials still debating dog kennel rules

Proposed changes to Montcalm County’s dog kennel ordinance are likely headed to a public hearing.

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Montcalm County military department may have its coordinator

The newly established Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County committee members discuss dog kennel ordinance

Committee members representing the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and vote on multiple county issues Monday, including a kennel ordinance, a newly created military department and whether to fund a wage study of elected officials.

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Helping Hands going strong in Howard City, still needs more helping hands

Helping Hands is in its 24th year of operation, finishing up its first year in a new location, and the Howard City food pantry — and the demand for it — show no signs of slowing down.

The food pantry relocated a year ago from a small building in downtown Howard City to a new, 32,000-square-foot building at 1105 S. Ensley St. just south of town.

The historic Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. in downtown Lakeview has been condemned — again. All residents living in the upstairs apartments have been given until Dec. 31 to leave the 120-year-old building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Inn condemned again, residents must leave by Dec. 31

A 120-year-old building located in the heart of Lakeview has been condemned for the second time in three and a half years. The Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. was built in 1894 and has housed various businesses over the past century.

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.