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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.

Montcalm Township firefighters work to put out a fire at a South Satterlee Road. The March 18 blaze that destroyed a shed started as a small grass fire that quickly spread throughout the property. — File photo

Out of control: Property owners need to control burning

As the temperatures start to climb, property owners are looking around their yards and realizing the summer yard work season has begun. With piles of leaves and brush laying around, it might seem like the best time of year to burn them off.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

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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.