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A letter from the IRS to Pierson Township details how the township is being financially penalized to the tune of at least $35,849.83 due to the “intentional disregard” of former clerk Brooke Scott. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Five years of ignoring the IRS is costing the taxpayers of this small township tens of thousands of dollars … and counting. So far, Pierson Township has paid $35,849.83 in back pay, interest and penalties due to the negligence of former township clerk Brooke Scott, who failed to file multiple IRS forms from 2008 to 2013, when she resigned. She also misappropriated expenditures and mishandled the township’s payroll.

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, News Top Story Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

Car plows through Pierson cemetery, destroys headstones

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Sunday, July 19th, 2015

A Howard City man allegedly drove his car through this township’s cemetery this afternoon, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery at the intersection of Amy School and Cannonsville Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

Tri County teacher headed to Library of Congress

Posted in: Local Friday, July 17th, 2015

Polly Bolt is nothing if not curious about the world around her. From teaching in an Alaskan bush village to researching the benefits of biomimicry to creating a STEM program for her elementary students, the Rockford woman is always coming up with questions and searching for answers.

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On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Three area teams meet at football passing camp

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story Monday, July 20th, 2015

On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

CHIP’S CLIPS: Why Pete Rose should never be reinstated

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a great showcase for Cincinnati and their beloved son, Pete Rose. Rose came out to thunderous applause by the Reds’ faithful before the All-Star Game, despite being banned from baseball for life for betting on the game.

Crystal Lake Run set for Aug. 1

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, July 18th, 2015

The annual Crystal Lake Run is set for its 19th installment. The event, which consists of a 3-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, takes place on Aug. 1.

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  • SPORTS GALORE: New HR Derby format is a hit

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Even without the likes of Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout, the latest incarnation of the Home Run Derby was awesome. Featuring brackets, time limits and bonus time, the event included some of the best new talent (Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant) against some of the best veterans (Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder) in the game today.

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  • Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

    Monday, July 13th, 2015
    Posted in: High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story

    It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.

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  • SPORTS GALORE: Decision for Tigers: Buy or sell

    Monday, July 13th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) is fast approaching. As opposed to the past four years, there is plenty talk of whether the Detroit Tigers should be sellers instead of the usual buyers, especially since the injury to Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has won the past four American League Central Division championships — with no World Series titles during that time — and each year they have made trades to help bolster its roster.

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  • THE REVIEW: Getting to know Jeff Ferrell

    Monday, July 13th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    To a minor league baseball player, the discussion of new placement for its players is as common as getting out of bed in the morning, so when Jeff Ferrell heard chatter of a possible relocation, he took it in stride. Less than a week prior to joining the Toledo Mud Hens, the converted closing pitcher was in an Erie Seawolves uniform, posting numbers that became impossible to ignore. Little did he know, a void in the continued struggles of a Detroit bullpen would provide yet another unexpected jolt that Ferrell would never forget.

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