Elisabeth Waldon

Michael Holmlund

ON THE RECORD: Lakeview man gets up to 50 years prison for violently assaulting two women

A young man was sentenced to up to half a century in prison after sexually assaulting and beating his former girlfriend and assaulting a female stranger on back-to-back-days in Lakeview.


IN BRIEF: Howard City chooses village manager finalists

The Howard City Village Council has chosen four finalists for village manager.

A 2011 GMC Terrain traveling eastbound on Fenwick Road collided with an eastbound horse-drawn buggy Wednesday morning in Bloomer Township. — Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Boy killed in car-buggy accident was on his way to school

A 10-year-old boy who was on his way to school has died after being injured in a car-buggy accident.

Leighton Newswanger of Hubbardston died Thursday from injuries sustained in an accident Wednesday morning. According to his obituary, the fourth-grader was on his way to school.


Howard City’s proposed employee policy changes face questionable legality

Proposed policy changes that would cause village employees to be fired for saying anything critical of the village are now being reconsidered after The Daily News filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

During the Feb. 20 meeting of the Howard City Village Council, Village Manager-President Randy Heckman distributed to council members copies of proposed changes he wants to make to the village employee policy manual.

Local clerks stand silently in a show of support for Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard on Monday night as Cato Township Clerk Louis Morse and Belvidere Township Clerk Sheila Smith ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to continue paying Millard for her election programming work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

County removes itself from election programming to resolve dispute

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have finally found a way to resolve an election programming payment dispute — by removing themselves from the equation entirely. The issue was hammered out during a nearly three-hour meeting Monday night, which was attended by nearly 50 people, including multiple local clerks.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County borrows money to pay delinquent taxes

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to approve a borrowing resolution for 2016-2017 delinquent taxes.

The resolution was similar to action taken by commissioners last October to borrow no more than $2.6 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Director David Feldpausch points out how the EMS facility’s parking lot in Stanton, which is located in a valley behind the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Jail, often gets flooded and messy due to water runoff. Feldpausch is hoping the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will approve his proposed $81,000 revamp of the parking lot. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County EMS parking lot may get $81,000 improvement

The parking lot of the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building is falling apart, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County has offered to help fix it. EMS Director David Feldpausch appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee and the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Feb. 13 to ask for their approval of a parking lot project at what’s also known as the BVM facility (named in honor of former county commissioners Bogart, VanHarn and McCrackin). The project calls for improving the drainage, removing the current parking lot asphalt and expanding the parking lot around the BVM (which would add about 20 more parking spaces) at a cost not to exceed $83,000. The money would come from the EMS fund, not the county’s general fund.

The Montcalm County Drain Commission Office in Stanton is located directly above a newly installed steam boiler, which is causing problems for Drain Commission employees due to gas and chemical fumes in the air. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New boiler proving to be a headache at county offices

The installation of a new boiler has solved one problem for Montcalm County, and created another. Last October, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved purchasing a new steam boiler for $45,600 after the previous steam boiler broke down. The new boiler was paid for out of the county’s contingency fund.

Larry Cole

Alley Cat owner sentenced to jail for sexual harassment

The sentencing of a Lakeview business owner for sexually harassing a young employee came down to distinguishing between “a tale of two Larry Coles.”

Larry Cole, 47, appeared in Montcalm County’s 8th Judicial Circuit Court for sentencing Thursday. Cole was previously charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving five women and one teenager at Cole’s popular Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley and restaurant.


Howard City extends cell tower lease through 2070

This village is extending its tower lease agreement well into the future.

American Tower Corp. sent Howard City a letter requesting the village extend American Tower’s lease on the village’s cell phone tower for another 30 years. The current 30-year lease is seven years in and would expire in 2040. The new agreement extends the lease to 2070.