News
Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman presided over a special meeting Wednesday as the Village Council begins searching for a new manager after Heckman announced he was resigning last Monday. Also pictured at left is Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

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 24-minute meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday due to overwhelming stress in balancing that job with his other businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department.

Howard City Village Council chooses 4 village manager finalists

Posted in: Local, PH.Slider Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Howard City Village Council has chosen four finalists for village manager.

The Village Council on Monday night agreed to arrange interviews with Wally Delamater, Michael Falcon, Thomas Raymond and Charles Watson.

IN BRIEF: Howard City chooses village manager finalists

Posted in: Local Monday, March 20th, 2017

The Howard City Village Council has chosen four finalists for village manager.

Howard City’s proposed employee policy changes face questionable legality

Posted in: Local Friday, March 17th, 2017

Proposed policy changes that would cause village employees to be fired for saying anything critical of the village are now being reconsidered after The Daily News filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

During the Feb. 20 meeting of the Howard City Village Council, Village Manager-President Randy Heckman distributed to council members copies of proposed changes he wants to make to the village employee policy manual.

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.

Tri County’s Jennifer Laskey is cheer coach of the year

Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports Friday, March 24th, 2017

HOWARD CITY — Tri County’s competitive cheer team has garnered multiple awards from the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan. Vikings coach Jennifer Laskey was named the coach of the year in Division 3 along with being named the District 18 coach of the year. “I honestly was sitting in New York City and happened [...]

Vestaburg’s Johnston earns all- state in Class D

Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports Friday, March 24th, 2017

VESTABURG — Vestaburg junior Noah Johnston was the Wolverines’ leader on the basketball court. He was recognized for that when he was named all- state honorable mention by The Associated Press. Johnston was proud of the honor. “I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “God is good and I couldn’t be here without him.” [...]

HIT THE LINE HARD: Surviving the first round of March Madness

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Perhaps there were many like me, but my brackets for the NCAA mens basketball tournament last year found its way to the trash can far, far too early. And I can thank the first round of upsets — and expected upsets that didn’t happen — for that.

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  • No. 4 Grand Rapids Catholic Central ends Tri County’s season

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
    Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports

    HAMILTON — Tri County’s girls basketball team had their season end Tuesday. The Vikings lost in semi-finals of the Class B regional tournament to Grand Rapids Catholic Central 55-32, ending their season at 15-8. The Cougars were ranked fourth in the state in Class B in the final Associated Press poll. Tri County co-coach Chris [...]

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  • Tri County’s Dakota Greer earns second individual wrestling title

    Monday, March 6th, 2017
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School

    Two years ago, as a freshman, Dakota Greer was on top of the world, winning an individual state wrestling title. On Saturday evening, he relived that feeling, earning his second state individual title with a convincing 23-8 victory over Stuart Massa of Hemlock in the Division 3 119-point title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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  • Tri County cheer team finishes eighth in Division 3 finals

    Monday, March 6th, 2017
    Posted in: High School, Pan Handle, Sports

    GRAND RAPIDS — Tri County’s competitive cheer team went to the state finals for the third time in four years Saturday at the DeltaPlex. The Vikings weren’t able to score among the top teams, but they still set schools records in the process.   The Vikings scored 748.58 points to take eighth place in the [...]

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  • 15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

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