News
Howard City Village President-Manager Randy Heckman reviews a blueprint of the village’s two ballfields while standing near the pitcher’s mound on field 1. The Howard City Village Council recently voted to invest $35,000 in improvements to the ballfields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Plans are underway for upgrades to two ballfields and a local trail in Howard City. The Howard City Village Council on Monday approved spending $35,000 to redo two baseball fields. The council also learned the late Warren White had donated a piece of property to the village, which Village Manager Randy Heckman hopes to develop into more parking spaces, plus a pavilion.

Indiana man rolls car, arrested for drunk driving near Howard City

Posted in: Local Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

An Indiana man was arrested after allegedly driving drunk and rolling his car near Howard City on Friday night.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies and Montcalm County Emergency Services were dispatched to the accident around 10:07 p.m. in the 1100 block of N. Henkel Road in Reynolds Township.

ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

Sports
Tri County third baseman Colton Harris lays out for a foul ball near the bullpen against Ludington at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Two former Lakes 8 Conference rivals faced off against each other at Fifth Third Ballpark in a matinee on Wednesday. The Tri County Vikings pounded out 11 hits, seven with two outs, and cruised to an 11-0, five-inning victory over the Ludington Orioles. Jacob Sickelsteel pitched the first four innings to earn the win for Tri County (6-5 overall). He allowed just three hits, one an infield hit, struck out two and walked just one batter.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Sports Top News Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

Tri County runs away with win at Fifth Third Ballpark

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Two former Lakes 8 Conference rivals faced off against each other at Fifth Third Ballpark in a matinee on Wednesday. The Tri County Vikings pounded out 11 hits, seven with two outs, and cruised to an 11-0, five-inning victory over the Ludington Orioles. Jacob Sickelsteel pitched the first four innings to earn the win for Tri County (6-5 overall). He allowed just three hits, one an infield hit, struck out two and walked just one batter.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 26

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Belding 2-0: The Redskins continued its fine start to the season with a pair of O-K Blue wins at Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won game one 5-1. Aaden Quinn earned the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out six and allowed four hits. Dylan McMaster had two hits, while Mitch Shepard and Logan Campbell had RBIs…

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  • Central Montcalm rallies to beat Tri County in 9 innings

    Monday, April 25th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story

    In a game that should have a significant implication on the CSAA Gold championship, Central Montcalm and Tri County needed nine innings to decide the winner. The Hornets — the defending league champions — trailed 4-1 after three innings before making a comeback to win 7-4 over the Vikings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets scored twice in the fifth inning. They tied the game in the top of the seventh — without a hit — before scoring three times in the final inning to pull off the win.

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  • Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

    Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

    According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

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  • Tri County soccer holds off Lakeview for 5-3 victory

    Thursday, April 21st, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story

    After scoring the first three goals of the game, Tri County looked like it was going to cruise to victory at Lakeview. Lakeview had other ideas and scored three of the next four goals to pull within one goal with just five minutes remaining. But Tri County answered with a goal to seal the 5-3 victory against the Wildcats on Wednesday. Freshman Grace Miller led the Vikings with three goals, all in the second half.

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  • Howard City considers demolishing blighted, foreclosed property

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing a blighted house in the village.

    The property is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.

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