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Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman presided over a special meeting Wednesday as the Village Council begins searching for a new manager after Heckman announced he was resigning last Monday. Also pictured at left is Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to seek full-time village manager

This village may soon have a full-time manager again for the first time in six years. The Howard City Village Council during a special 24-minute meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday due to overwhelming stress in balancing that job with his other businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department.


OUR VIEW: What are you doing Monday night?

The new year is three weeks underway — how are your resolutions going? If you resolved to find a way to get more involved in your community, we have a suggestion, and it’s only a commitment of one night per month: Attend a Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.


Montcalm County to decide on equalization

Montcalm County will likely continue to contract with Kent County for equalization services for at least another year. The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee on Jan. 9 recommended the full Board of Commissioners approve extending a contract with the Kent County Equalization Department for another year.

Lynn Mason of Belding has made several signs to take with her and her traveling companion, Tayler Reeves, formerly of Belding. Mason and Reeves will be attending the Women’s March on Washington today. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women to participate in Women’s March on Washington today

Lynn Mason is used to being the only woman in a room full of men.She served as an Ionia County commissioner and was sometimes the lone woman on committees. She ran for state representative in the 86th District last November; the only woman in that race.

From left, Grace Jeffery, 12, Kayla Jeffery, 13, and Heidi Raih, 13, look over old issues of The Daily News Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the Greenville Middle School newspaper club. The club’s goal is to write, edit, layout and print a student-run newspaper. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School newspaper club secures grant

America’s next generation of journalists are working their way through school right now, on a trajectory that will hopefully one day land them in a newsroom.

Some of the budding journalists of the next generation have been meeting after school at Greenville Middle School, brought together by a single purpose: To put together a student-run newspaper, print it and distribute it to their peers.

Montcalm County 4-H Council President Kim Thomsen, left, and Montcalm Conservation District Director Steve Wyckoff, right, visit with a community member after a community gathering Wednesday to discuss whether to move forward with a millage ballot proposal for 4-H, animal, conservation, park and veteran services in the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Grassroots millage effort moves forward in Montcalm County

A grassroots group of citizens are moving forward with a proposed millage to fund Montcalm County services, but they don’t necessarily want the approval of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Nearly 20 people met at the Montcalm Conservation District office in Stanton on Wednesday to discuss options for funding 4-H, Animal Control, conservation, parks and veterans.

From left, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presents “Connected Community” certification to Casair founder Steve Meinhardt, Kathy Jo Vanderlaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance Vice President Robert Clingenpeel, and Alliance President Rob Spohr, during Wednesday’s Alliance meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.


Montabella Community Schools launch strategic plan

The Montabella Community Schools Board of Education and administration are launching a new initiative to guide the school district through a three- to five-year strategic plan.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 20, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017


IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal Area Schools approve city recreation plan

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve this city’s new recreation plan.