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Car plows through Pierson cemetery, destroys headstones

A Howard City man allegedly drove his car through this township’s cemetery this afternoon, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery at the intersection of Amy School and Cannonsville Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

A letter from the IRS to Pierson Township details how the township is being financially penalized to the tune of at least $35,849.83 due to the “intentional disregard” of former clerk Brooke Scott. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Former Pierson Township clerk costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars

Five years of ignoring the IRS is costing the taxpayers of this small township tens of thousands of dollars … and counting. So far, Pierson Township has paid $35,849.83 in back pay, interest and penalties due to the negligence of former township clerk Brooke Scott, who failed to file multiple IRS forms from 2008 to 2013, when she resigned. She also misappropriated expenditures and mishandled the township’s payroll.

Jim Kersjes of Grand Rapids, a volunteer with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, prepares to help kayakers portage around fallen trees in the Tamarack Creek. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Traversing the Tamarack: Behind the scenes with a backyard treasure

A group representing the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly recently kayaked down a local tributary, and I went along for the ride. A banner boasting the epic title “Voyage of Discovery” was on display last Friday morning at Minnie Farmer Park on the east side of Howard City. The voyage covered about three miles of the Tamarack Creek from Minnie Farmer Park’s artesian well to Artman Park on Howard City’s west side.

This white bridge is a popular draw for photographs and weddings at Artman Park, located on the Tamarack Creek just west of Howard City. The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has a project underway to stabilize the park’s streambanks, which have been eroding. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Muskegon River Watershed projects in the works for Montcalm County

The Muskegon River travels through 12 counties in Michigan, playing a major role in the Great Lakes State moniker. A group of river-lovers have been working for almost two decades with the mission to preserve, protect and restore the Muskegon River Watershed, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles in west central Michigan.

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Tri County’s 149 graduates ‘braver than you believe’

A fresh crop of Tri County High School students celebrated years of academics, sports and extracurricular activities at commencement exercises Thursday evening at the school. The graduating class of 2015 saw 149 students cross the stage to receive diplomas.

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Tri County graduating senior known for talent on the trumpet

The trumpet is neither a shy nor reluctant instrument. Its clear call is designed to bring to attention anyone within earshot. Maybe that’s why Katherine “Katie” Lindsey picked it up in the sixth grade. Now, on the eve of her high school graduation, she’s leaving a local legacy as Tri County’s premier trumpeter.

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Little Whitefish Lake Association wants county’s help with sewer payments

A groundbreaking ceremony for a long-awaited sewer project on Little Whitefish Lake took place in March 1997.

The $2.2 million project included a $1.262 million loan which would be paid off by property owners in a special assessment district over 40 years at a 5 percent interest rate, plus a $939,000 federal grant. The project included 12,000 feet of sanitary sewer line, onsite pumping facilities, a force main and a lift station on the 181-acre lake in Pierson Township.

The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Officials unhappy about plan to spread crushed limestone on White Pine Trail

Plans are underway to line almost half of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail with crushed limestone instead of paved asphalt — and Montcalm County residents are not pleased. The north to south White Pine Trail is about 90 miles long from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in Tustin, Leroy, Ashton, Reed City, Paris, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Morley, Howard City, Pierson, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Rockford and Belmont.

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Grace Community Church marks 20 years in Howard City

Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation’s preeminent priest and professor of theology, once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
The congregation of Grace Community Church also chooses to stake their confidence on grace.

Tri County School Board President Jill Fennessy, right, shakes hands with Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht after received the Level 4 Master Certification for improving her leadership skills and becoming a more effective school leader March 30 during the countywide school board meeting in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tri County board president elected to MASB Board of Directors

Tri County Area Schools Board President Jill Fennessy approaches her position with an energy and passion that is sometimes lacking in today’s world of public education. And now, Fennessy will take that dedication to public education to the state level, as she has been elected to serve on the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors.