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Harvest Festival Queen Bridgette Pollaski, at right in red, First Runner-Up Hope Gommesen, in blue, Second Runner-up Keshia Aho-Minnema, in teal, and Princess Lauren Senn, in purple, wave during the Harvest Festival parade. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Candy, a marching band, a queen and her court, a fire truck carrying cheerleaders … the Harvest Festival parade had it all. The 14th annual festival kicked off Saturday morning with car, motorcycle and tractor shows, the second annual Tri County High School Harvest Festival Cheer 5K and a volleyball tournament. Rain came and went in the morning, making way for a sunny day of fun.

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

M-STEP scores released for local school districts

Posted in: Belding, Carson City, Edmore, Greenville, Lakeview, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, News, News, News, News, News, News, Pan Handle, Stanton Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Two years ago, the Michigan Department of Education moved from the 44-year-old MEAP standardized test to the M-STEP, a test that is partly based on common core standards. The M-STEP is widely recognized by educators as a more rigorous test with high expectations for students.

Tri County Area Schools to showcase facilities before Friday’s football game

Posted in: Local Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

After a $2.7 million construction project groundbreaking last April, Tri County Area Schools is ready to show itself off to the community. Tri County school buildings — including the high school, middle school and MacNaughton Elementary School — will be open to the public from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Following the open houses, Tri County’s varsity football team will face off against Reed City at 7 p.m.

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Tri County's Lena Thompson, middle, hits an attack over two Big Rapids players during the Central Montcalm Halloween Invitational October 31, 2015.

Lena Thompson has been a hitter throughout her high school career in volleyball.
That all will change when she gets to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) this fall.

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Tri County earns solid 6-1 win over Reed City

Posted in: High School Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Though their coach was missing from the game, the Tri County Vikings’ offense surely wasn’t, as the soccer team earned its second win of the season with a solid 6-1 victory over Reed City Monday.

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Posted in: High School, High School Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

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  • S.H.E.: Calling the Fashion Police

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    I broke the law this week.

    Well, not really a law like the police would be interested in. At least not the real police. Maybe the fashion police. This was more of a style law. Or a rule, really. An out dated rule, if you ask me.

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  • ‘Appalled and dumbfounded’: Montcalm County residents sound off against commissioners

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.

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  • Montcalm County moves forward with $1.7 million in budget cuts

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, News Top Story, S.Slider

    Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

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  • Harvest Festival welcomes autumn to Howard City (PHOTOS)

    Monday, September 19th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, News Top Story, PH.Slider

    Candy, a marching band, a queen and her court, a fire truck carrying cheerleaders … the Harvest Festival parade had it all. The 14th annual festival kicked off Saturday morning with car, motorcycle and tractor shows, the second annual Tri County High School Harvest Festival Cheer 5K and a volleyball tournament. Rain came and went in the morning, making way for a sunny day of fun.

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