News
Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman presided over a special meeting Wednesday as the Village Council begins searching for a new manager after Heckman announced he was resigning last Monday. Also pictured at left is Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

This village may soon have a full-time manager again for the first time in six years. The Howard City Village Council during a special 24-minute meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday due to overwhelming stress in balancing that job with his other businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department.

Firefighters’ ‘quick and prompt’ action saves Coral mobile home

Posted in: Local Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish a mobile home fire early Tuesday morning, effectively saving the structure. At approximately 5:46 a.m., firefighters from the Maple Valley Township Fire Department were called to the report of a structure fire at 15819 Lincoln Street.

Howard City extends cell tower lease through 2070

Posted in: Local Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

This village is extending its tower lease agreement well into the future.

American Tower Corp. sent Howard City a letter requesting the village extend American Tower’s lease on the village’s cell phone tower for another 30 years. The current 30-year lease is seven years in and would expire in 2040. The new agreement extends the lease to 2070.

IN BRIEF: Howard City village manager reduces public comment

Posted in: Local Monday, February 20th, 2017

The nearly 20 people who attended Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting only had one opportunity to share their thoughts.

Village Manager-President Randy Heckman removed the second public comment opportunity from the end of the meeting agenda. The public comment opportunity at the beginning of the meeting remains on the agenda.

Sports
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.

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Tri County cheer moves on again while Belding wraps up historic season

Posted in: High School, High School Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

In the District 18, Division 3 competitive cheer finals Saturday, the host team, Comstock Park, took first place while Tri County finished second and Belding finished sixth.

Tri County basketball players engage with Early Childhood youngsters

Posted in: High School Saturday, February 18th, 2017

As the youngest sibling in her family, Julia Hauenstein hasn’t had much chance to be a “big sister.” However, on Wednesday, she did, at least for a little while. As many as 70 youngsters from Howard City’s Early Childhood Center, ranging from 3 to 4 years old, filed into the center’s Edge gymnasium and were greeted by several players from both the Tri County girls and boys basketball team Wednesday, an outreach event to introduce youngsters to engage in school activities, says co-coordinator Dave Princer, who broadcasts Vikings sports through Michigan Sports Radio.

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  • Montcalm County commissioners hear update from new auditor

    Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news Monday from the county’s new auditor.

    Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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  • 30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

    Monday, February 13th, 2017
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

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  • IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

    Monday, February 13th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

    Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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  • Tri County loses 64-39 to Chip Hills

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017
    Posted in: High School

    Tri County’s boys basketball team was close for a half of basketball Friday night. Then the second half started and it was all downhill. The Vikings were outscored 25-7 in the third quarter and lost 64-39 to the Chippewa Hills Warriors Friday night.

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