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.

Howard City to seek full-time village manager

Posted in: Local, News Top Story, PH.Slider Saturday, January 21st, 2017

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.

Grassroots millage effort moves forward in Montcalm County

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, January 20th, 2017

A grassroots group of citizens are moving forward with a proposed millage to fund Montcalm County services, but they don’t necessarily want the approval of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Nearly 20 people met at the Montcalm Conservation District office in Stanton on Wednesday to discuss options for funding 4-H, Animal Control, conservation, parks and veterans.

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, January 20th, 2017

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

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.

Area wrestling coaches happy with Sparta wrestling invitational

Posted in: Belding, High School, High School, High School, Lakeview, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports, Sports Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler earns rare quadruple-double

Posted in: High School Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Coming into the girls basketball season, Montabella coach Terry Larsen knew Madi Cutler would be the team’s dominating force. But what she accomplished against Beal City on Tuesday night still took Larsen by surprise. In Montabella’s 49-27 win over Beal City, the senior point guard’s statistic line looked straight out of a Playstation video game — 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

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  • MAISD to benefit from 3-year sex ed grant

    Saturday, January 14th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has been awarded a grant that was given to only 19 other districts nationwide.

    The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant provides sexual risk avoidance education for special education students in self-contained classrooms, which have smaller groups of students.

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  • Montcalm County Parks & Rec Committee fails to have quorum

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee was scheduled to discuss and vote on the topics of park closure and adopt-a-park applications Tuesday morning.

    However, the committee was unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.

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  • Montabella’s Madi Cutler earns rare quadruple-double

    Sunday, January 8th, 2017
    Posted in: High School

    Coming into the girls basketball season, Montabella coach Terry Larsen knew Madi Cutler would be the team’s dominating force. But what she accomplished against Beal City on Tuesday night still took Larsen by surprise. In Montabella’s 49-27 win over Beal City, the senior point guard’s statistic line looked straight out of a Playstation video game — 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

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  • Montcalm County millage exploration group to meet Jan. 18

    Friday, January 6th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Animals, conservation, 4-H, parks and veterans.

    These five topics may not share the same audience or interest in Montcalm County, but they all have one common need: Funding.

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