News
A Montcalm County-operated recycling service in Howard City was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate it from Leppink’s Food Center. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

A solitary sign is all that remains of Howard City’s recycling site. The Montcalm County-operated service was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted on Nov. 7 to eliminate it due to an increase in county recycling costs, as well as garbage and trash abuse at the site, which was located in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center on M-82.

IN BRIEF: Howard City to advertise for full-time village manager

Posted in: Local Wednesday, January 18th, 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 meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday.

‘The stress is literally killing me’: Howard City manager resigns

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

After two years on the job, this village’s manager unexpectedly announced his resignation Monday night.

Randy Heckman was elected village president in November 2014 and was hired as village manager in December 2014.

IN BRIEF: Howard City village manager unexpectedly resigns

Posted in: Local Monday, January 16th, 2017

After two years on the job, this village’s manager unexpectedly announced his resignation tonight.

Randy Heckman was elected village president in November 2014 and was hired as village manager in December 2014.

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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  • 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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  • Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

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

    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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  • Montcalm County BOC switches to night meetings for more attendance

    Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
    Posted in: L.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    If your New Year’s resolutions included attending more Montcalm County Board of Commissioner meetings — but you work a day job — you’re in luck.

    Commissioners voted 8-1 during Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting to start meeting at 6 p.m. each month for full board meetings, instead of the usual 1:30 p.m. meeting time. All full board meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month.

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  • 2016 Daily News Top Local Stories of the Year

    Friday, December 30th, 2016
    Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    This year, Montcalm County lost a controller-administrator and hired a new leader, made $1.7 million in budget cuts equating to a loss of 30 jobs, fired its auditing firm and contracted with three new firms to investigate what went wrong with the county budget over the past decade.

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