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The Howard City Department of Public Works is comprised of, from left, Shane Smith, Director Mike VanWagner, Joe Krogman, Bill Cornelisse and Joe Cornelisse. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Howard City Village Council voted Monday to cut by half the amount of personal/sick hours for village employees, saving $3,400. The move came after a recommendation from the village’s employee committee to change the employee manual to reduce personal/sick hours and to not pay DPW employees for being on call. The committee is comprised of Village Manager-President Randy Heckman and council members Cheryl Smith and Janice Williams.

Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, June 24th, 2016

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

‘Hostile workplace’: Howard City DPW employees and village officials clash

Posted in: Local, News Top Story, PH.Slider Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The Howard City Village Council voted Monday to cut by half the amount of personal/sick hours for village employees, saving $3,400. The move came after a recommendation from the village’s employee committee to change the employee manual to reduce personal/sick hours and to not pay DPW employees for being on call. The committee is comprised of Village Manager-President Randy Heckman and council members Cheryl Smith and Janice Williams.

IN BRIEF: Howard City to host Music in the Park

Posted in: Local Monday, June 20th, 2016

Free community concerts will return to this village next Tuesday.
Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman announced during tonight’s village council meeting that Music in the Park will start June 28 and continue every Tuesday through Aug. 16.

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HOWARD CITY — Chris Overbeek has been the coach of the Tri County varsity baseball team for the past 21 seasons. However, he wants to be a dad again. Overbeek submitted his resignation from the baseball coaching job June 6. “I don’t know if you can call it retiring because I’m 45 years old and [...]

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Tri County’s Overbeek “retiring” from baseball

Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports Top Story Friday, June 17th, 2016

HOWARD CITY — Chris Overbeek has been the coach of the Tri County varsity baseball team for the past 21 seasons. However, he wants to be a dad again. Overbeek submitted his resignation from the baseball coaching job June 6. “I don’t know if you can call it retiring because I’m 45 years old and [...]

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Top News, Sports Top Story Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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  • REVVED UP: Safety and style merge in latest family vehicles

    Saturday, June 11th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.

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  • Montcalm County sheriff’s candidates weigh in on budget

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.

    Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.

    The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.

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  • Montcalm County budget cuts mean job layoffs, fee increases

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    Michael Kotenko rose to speak before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

    May 23 was the first major public appearance for the 14-year sheriff’s deputy since last autumn, when he narrowly escaped being murdered on the job.

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  • Vestaburg student Kodie Hansen pedals his way to diploma

    Friday, June 3rd, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    Kodie Hansen is driven to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Even if he has to ride a bike to do it.

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