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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

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Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

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Montcalm County Housing Commission residence destroyed after 2 fires

A Montcalm County Housing Commission complex bathroom caught fire Monday afternoon, but the Howard City Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze.

However, a separate fire started up early Tuesday morning, the cause of which is currently unknown.

Tri County Area Schools voters will be asked to vote on a $2.7 million five-year sinking fund proposal Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County voters asked to approve $2.7 million sinking fund

Voters in the Tri County Area Schools district will be asked to approve a $2.7 million sinking fund proposal on Tuesday. Ask any Tri County administrator why, and the words “safety” and “security” will be voiced.

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Helping Hands going strong in Howard City, still needs more helping hands

Helping Hands is in its 24th year of operation, finishing up its first year in a new location, and the Howard City food pantry — and the demand for it — show no signs of slowing down.

The food pantry relocated a year ago from a small building in downtown Howard City to a new, 32,000-square-foot building at 1105 S. Ensley St. just south of town.

Randy Heckman is wearing a lot of hats in Howard City these days — business owner, fire chief, village manager and village president. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Randy Heckman juggling multiple village responsibilities

Imagine waking up in the early morning hours and firing up the snowplow to clear local streets, ushering in mourners for an afternoon funeral visitation, researching a possible zoning violation, presiding over an evening village council meeting and then being roused from your sleep well after midnight to rush out and fight a fire.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott is stepping down after 40 years on the village council. He is the fourth generation of his family to serve on the council. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Retiring Howard City village president is a fourth generation public servant

A member of the Scott family has sat on the Howard City Village Council for four generations in a row — three times as village president. That notable feat ends tomorrow.

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The Howard City Village Council discusses how to hire a village manager at Monday night’s meeting, from left to right, retiring Village President S. Michael Scott, incoming village president Randy Heckman and council members Tom Harris and Janice Williams. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council to interview new batch of manager candidates

Three candidates have been interviewed and found wanting for this village’s manager position. The Howard City Village Council voted tonight to forgo three finalists and interview three new candidates.

Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, standing, shakes hands with Howard City Councilwoman Jodi Cummings after Taylor’s job interview Tuesday evening, while Councilman Max Gondre, far left, and Village President S. Michael Scott, far right, look on. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Cedar Springs manager interviews in Howard City

Thad Taylor didn’t have to travel far to his job interview Tuesday evening. The Cedar Springs city manager drove a dozen miles north to interview as a finalist for Howard City village manager.

Daniel Faulkner, center, is quizzed by members of the Howard City Village Council at a special meeting Monday evening. Faulkner is one of three finalists for the village manager position. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council interviews first manager finalist

This village’s council interviewed the first of three finalists for village manager Monday evening. Daniel Faulkner was quizzed by all seven members of the Howard City Village Council. The village’s manager job is a part-time position.