The police officers in this village are hanging up their blue uniform and donning a garment of brown. Today, the Howard City Police Department officially merges with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, bringing an end to the police department history of nearly six decades. It’s a noteworthy undertaking, unmatched by any other in county history, as far as Sheriff Bill Barnwell knows.
When nearly a half-inch of rain fell Thursday the mounds of snow acted as a sponge, soaking it up. Although it helped prevent major flooding, the compacted snow presented a new problem … the weight.
Local schools have taken up to 10 snow days so far this winter … and they’re not out of the (snowy) woods yet. Belding, Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Montabella schools have each taken 10 snow days, while Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Tri County and Vestaburg have each taken nine snow days. The most recent of those snow days were Monday, Tuesday and today.
Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.
Standing on the sideline, with instruments and flags in hand and a focus that could not be shaken, students from 13 high school bands waited for the same single instruction before playing their first notes on Legacy Field.
This year’s Harvest Festival in Howard City brought in hundreds of visitors from across the area to share in the city’s annual autumnal celebration. Many of the festival’s favorite offerings were back again and several new activities also were on the schedule.
The 2013 Howard City Harvest Festival Queen and Princess pageant was held Aug. 13 at Tri County High School. Meagan Bean, 16, was crowned Harvest Festival queen.
Four fire departments worked together Monday to battle a fire that destroyed a Howard City-area home and nearly all the contents inside. According to Amble Fire Capt. Jason Schuitema, flames were showing when the department arrived at 8190 N. Bailey Road just south of M-46 around 12:23 p.m.
A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.
Graduating seniors from Tri County High School have said goodbye to a way of life they’ve come to know well over the past four years. Some will move on to college, others to careers and families; but whatever the destination, Thursday night’s commencement ceremony represented a turning point none of them will forget. The class of 162 seniors marched into the school’s packed-to-the-walls gymnasium to the traditional strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the school band.