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Howard City receives $400,000 SAW grant

This small village recently became the second town in Montcalm County to receive a Stormwater, Asset Management & Wastewater (SAW) grant. The $423,963 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) — with a village funding match of about $47,000 — will allow Howard City to begin an otherwise expensive assessment of its wastewater and storm water systems.

Pastor Ken Harger of Orleans Township continues to record his religious sermons from his lighthouse on Long Lake to be aired on the radio and on the Internet. His show, which has now aired for 35 years, is on every Sunday morning on both WGLM in Greenville and WION in Ionia. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pastor Ken Harger reflects on 35 years of local radio sermons

In his youth, those who knew Ken Harger were lucky to hear a whisper or a single audible word from the shy, embarrassed boy with a speech impediment. A lifetime later, Harger’s unique voice and powerful spiritual messages can be heard all over the world, a transformation he says was guided by the grace of God.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 25, 2014

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OUR VIEW: Edmore needs new leaders

The Edmore Village Council election is the most contested race of any in Montcalm County, and one of the most important.

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OUR VIEW: Leadership toss-up in 2 communities

Voters in Eureka Township and Howard City will be asked in the general election to elect someone to lead their municipality.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 24, 2014

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Edmore Village Council offers manager job to Ionia man

The possible next manager of this village is no stranger to working alongside government officials.

During a 14-minute meeting Thursday, the Edmore Village Council voted 6-1 to offer the manager job to James Lower of Ionia.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

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Homes for Our Troops to break ground on Belding home for injured Marine

The national nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops will kick off the building of a specially adapted home at 11 a.m. Saturday for Marine Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill

The groundbreaking ceremony is an introductory event to welcome Thrailkill to the community and celebrate the building of his new home. The event will be held at 12411 7 Mile Road NE in Belding. The public is invited to attend.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 23, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014