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The Howard City Department of Public Works is comprised of, from left, Shane Smith, Director Mike VanWagner, Joe Krogman, Bill Cornelisse and Joe Cornelisse. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Howard City Village Council voted Monday to cut by half the amount of personal/sick hours for village employees, saving $3,400. The move came after a recommendation from the village’s employee committee to change the employee manual to reduce personal/sick hours and to not pay DPW employees for being on call. The committee is comprised of Village Manager-President Randy Heckman and council members Cheryl Smith and Janice Williams.

JUST IN: Wyoming man killed in hit and run

Posted in: Local, News, Pan Handle Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A Wyoming man who was walking along a road early this morning was struck and killed by a motorcyclist.

Man dies in motorcycle accident, body found 2 days later

Posted in: Local Thursday, July 21st, 2016

A local man died in a motorcycle-tree accident Sunday night, but his body wasn’t discovered until Tuesday evening.

Howard City Village Council spends on street project, fire truck and fencing

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to spend more than $1.4 million combined on a street project, new fire truck and ballfield fencing during Monday night’s meeting.

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.

Former TC volleyball player Thompson making move to setter in college

Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports Top Story Monday, June 27th, 2016

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.

Different coaches come in to help Tri County volleyball players at camp

Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports Top Story Monday, June 27th, 2016

Tri County varsity volleyball coach Kathy Thompson decided to try something different with her camp this week.

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

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  • Howard City’s Kass survives Montcalm County 4-H Fair demo derby

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
    Posted in: Greenville, Local

    Justin Kass has watched an uncle do demolition derbies before and decided he wanted to do one, too.

    Kass, of Howard City, got his love of running into other cars to pay off for him.

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  • Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

    But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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  • 4-H’ers show off pocket pets

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    Animals you’ll see at the Montcalm County 4-H fair are not just limited to livestock. Sure, a fairgoer will see horses, cows and pigs. But on Monday morning, they also would have seen a Syrian hamster and a bearded dragon.

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  • HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

    Monday, June 27th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

    Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

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