News
Howard City Village President-Manager Randy Heckman reviews a blueprint of the village’s two ballfields while standing near the pitcher’s mound on field 1. The Howard City Village Council recently voted to invest $35,000 in improvements to the ballfields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Plans are underway for upgrades to two ballfields and a local trail in Howard City. The Howard City Village Council on Monday approved spending $35,000 to redo two baseball fields. The council also learned the late Warren White had donated a piece of property to the village, which Village Manager Randy Heckman hopes to develop into more parking spaces, plus a pavilion.

Tri County sends off 158 graduating seniors

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Erik Barnard’s parents were involved in a car accident last March. Daniel Barnard, 66, of Muskegon died at the scene in California. Linda Barnard was seriously injured and continues to recover.

When Erik, a social studies teacher at Tri County High School, was asked to give the commencement address at Tri County’s graduation ceremony Thursday evening, he wanted to leave a lasting impression on the 158 graduates of the class of 2016.

Tri County senior looks back on eventful 18 years

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Levi Kinsey got a tattoo on April 6 to celebrate his 18th birthday. He went to the Creation Station Tattoo Studio in Newaygo to get Philippians 4:13 inked permanently on his arm: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
“It’s my life motto,” he said. “It always has been and always will be. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times and challenges.”

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

Sports
Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, May 23

Posted in: High School, High School, High School Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Central Montcalm 2-0: The Hornets swept Carson City-Crystal at home on Monday. Game one was 12-2 in six innings and game two was 12-1 in five innings. Mallory Morgan struck out 12 and allowed seven hits to win game one. Morgan, Courtnee Nicholson and Shelby Gilbert each had three hits, one was a home run for Nicholson…

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

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  • Howard City Village Council votes to stay with current employee health insurance

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    The Howard City Village Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to leave employee health insurance as is, even though it will cost the village an extra $10,000 per year.

    The village’s health insurance needed to be renewed by June 1. The village council had the option of staying with its current Priority Health plan at a cost of $74,000 per year or switching to a new Priority Health plan at a cost of $64,600 per year.

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  • IN BRIEF: Howard City remains unsure about blighted property

    Monday, May 16th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    For the second month in a row, the Howard City Village Council discussed but took no action tonight on a blighted property.

    The property at 121 Godfrey St. is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.

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  • ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 6

    Sunday, May 8th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    The Green Hornets won both ends of a CSAA-Gold doubleheader from Chippewa Hills Friday, winning 10-0 in five innings and 6-2. Mallory Morgan won both games, going the distance in the first game and allowing two hits and a walk, striking out eight…

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  • ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, May 5

    Friday, May 6th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School

    Kelloggsville 12, Tri County 2: The Vikings struggled on the road in a non-conference game on Thursday. Kelloggsville jumped out to an 8-2 lead after two innings and needed just six to finish the win. Jacob Sickelsteel took the loss. Justin Thurston pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits…

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