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Kindergarten students through second-graders at MacNaughton Elementary School now have access to 82 new backpacks full of school supplies, thanks to a donation from AT&T Pioneers. The backpacks — in colors of pink, black, light blue and dark blue — were distributed to the Howard City school on Monday morning. Each backpack contains an assortment of notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors and a pencil box.

2 emergencies in 3 days in Howard City’s Panhandle area

Posted in: Local Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Ambulance, rescue and fire officials and Aeromed responded to two life-threatening incidents within three days in Howard City’s Panhandle area.

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

Montcalm County hears economic development update

Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”

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.

Local runners prep for regionals at Central Montcalm invite

Posted in: High School, High School, High School Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

STANTON — Central Montcalm held its annual Pre-Regional Invitational cross country meet Monday as a way for teams and runners to get ready for the regional runs Saturday.

The host Green Hornets, Lakeview and Vestaburg all brought some runners to the meet, along with Morley Stanwood, Reed City and Saranac.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Monday, October 24th, 2016

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.

Gould changes Vikings colors for Wildcats with new coaching position

Posted in: High School, Sports Monday, October 24th, 2016

After a two year hiatus from coaching, former Tri County basketball coach Chad Gould is ready to get back into it.
Only this time, it will be with the Lakeview Wildcats.

When Gould, 44, a 1990 Tri County graduate, returned from a business trip in China, he was contacted by Lakeview Wildcats athletic director Caleb Martz, who offered him a chance to coach again.

  • Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

    Thursday, October 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

    The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.

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  • Michigan DEQ cleans up former Amble gas station contamination

    Thursday, October 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, PH.Slider

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working to fix contamination from leaking storage tanks underground at a former gas station.

    The property at 15350 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) sits on two long neglected acres in Winfield Township, better known as Amble.

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  • Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter takes first at Carson City-Crystal Jamboree

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School

    It was a fine fall day for a run Wednesday, and, for Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter, it was a fine first-place finish.

    The sophomore cross country runner took first place at a Mid-State Athletic Conference jamboree at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club, finishing with a time of 17:17.60, almost six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Hunter Chovanec of Breckenridge.

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  • Fremont, Big Rapids win conference championships

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School

    Tri County’s boys cross country team had something to be proud of Tuesday.

    The Vikings ended up second behind Fremont in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division at the Championships they hosted, finishing with 99 points to the Packers’ 26.

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