Tri County High School Marching Band walks through the main tunnel at Ford Field prior to performing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Standing together in the giant confines of Ford Field, performing for the final time after a long and enduring season, members of the Tri County Marching Band took one last collective breath. There would be no do-over, no second chance, as for the first time in school history, the band was performing at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Finals.

Neighbors rescue dogs amid fire

Posted in: Greenville, Local Friday, December 9th, 2016

Homeowners and their dogs remained safe after a house fire at 1308 Hawkview Drive on Thursday evening. When the Sand Lake Fire Department arrived on the scene after receiving a call at 7:28 p.m., neighbors had already rescued the puppies.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

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.


Posted in: High School, Local Monday, December 5th, 2016

As only a sophomore, Summer Longstreet is making her mark in Tri County’s cross country sport. Having already set a new school record for fastest ninth and 10th grade female 5K runner, Longstreet’s expectations for the next few years may not have a ceiling.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Julia Bice, Tri County

Posted in: High School Monday, December 5th, 2016

Three years ago, Julia Bice wasn’t sure how good she was at golf, or even if she liked the sport enough to keep at it. This season, the Tri County junior realized her potential and how much fun she had, reaching the Div. 3 state finals as an individual qualifier.

Norwegian foreign exchange student lives out dream of playing American football

Posted in: High School Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

If you know who “Wilson” and “Wilma” are, then you know just how much Anders Leine loves football.

Leine, a 17-year-old foreign exchange student who lives near Lillehammer, Norway, is enrolled as a senior at Tri County High School this year. Since his arrival in August, he can often be seen carrying Wilson and Wilma, two footballs he purchased shortly after he arrived in America, which is example of just how much this “Viking” loves American football.

  • IN BRIEF: Howard City funeral home faces water shutoff

    Monday, November 21st, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
    During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

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  • Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

    Saturday, November 19th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, PH.Slider

    Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

    The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

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  • Vikings have up and down season, but coaches see improvement building

    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    Posted in: High School

    It wasn’t the way the season was expected to go, but the Tri County Vikings football team and its coaching staff did see good progress.

    The Vikings, who finished 3-6 overall on the year, matching their record from last year, are still seeking their first winning season since 2004, but fifth-year coach Phil Butler and his coaching staff have noticed a lot of improvement in this year’s team, despite what the record says.

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  • Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

    Thursday, November 10th, 2016
    Posted in: Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics

    The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.

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