Howard City Village Councilwoman Cheryl Smith, at left, voices concerns about the village’s Department of Public Works while Councilwoman Eleanor Marek listens. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Village officials have hired an attorney to investigate the Howard City Department of Public Works’ effort to unionize.

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

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.

Vikings get solid 9-1 win over Div. 1 Holland at Van Art Sports Complex

Posted in: High School Thursday, April 27th, 2017

It’s been a rough season for the Tri County baseball team this season, but on Wednesday against a Division 1 school, the Vikings played like a juggernaut. Tri County (2-11 overall, 0-4 CSAA-Gold), a Div. 3 team, earned an impressive 9-1 win against Division 1 Holland Dutch (6-10 overall) at the Art Van Sports Complex.

Lakeview 2nd at own CSAA jamboree

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, Lakeview, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports, Sports, Stanton Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

GOWEN — Lakeview’s boys golf team made a major step forward Monday. The Wildcats finished second at the Central State Activities Association jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course. Lakeview shot a 361, which trailed only Big Rapids’ 313. “I am very pleased with (Monday’s) performance,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “We had a tough round [...]

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Friday, April 7th, 2017

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

  • Rep. Moolenaar to host district-wide listening session Thursday

    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Congressman John Moolenaar will be hosting a district-wide listening session Thursday evening at Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium.

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  • IN BRIEF: Howard City will soon welcome new village manager

    Monday, April 17th, 2017
    Posted in: Local

    The outgoing village manager reported the incoming village manager is ready to come to work.

    The Howard City Village Council recently approved hiring Michael Falcon as its new manager.

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  • Gitchel & Krope Music Store opens in Howard City

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017
    Posted in: Business Beat, PH.Slider

    Montcalm County’s Panhandle community continues to be known for its support of local music. Last January, Luke Gitchel and Tom Krope purchased the property at 210 E. Edgerton St. — which formerly housed Helping Hands Food Pantry — from the Howard City Downtown Development Authority for $15,000.

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  • HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

    Friday, April 14th, 2017
    Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, News Top Story

    “I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

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