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Howard City Village Council now supports Latitudes apartments

After learning more details about a proposal to build high-end apartments above a local restaurant, most of the Howard City Village Council now supports the idea. The council voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal at a special meeting Wednesday night. The move was a reversal of a 6-1 vote against the proposal last month.

Latitudes Restaurant and Steelhead Tavern is housed in a century-old building that previously served as home to the Howard City Hotel. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council unsure about Latitudes apartments

Frank Zamarippa opened Latitudes Roadhouse and Steelhead Tavern in 2003 with the goal of bringing well-crafted regional and seasonal food to a unique dining experience in downtown Howard City. Eleven years later, the gastro pub is going strong, with more than 20 employees working in the historic building which formerly housed the Howard City Hotel more than a century ago.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.

Tri County High School graduated 133 seniors during Thursday evening’s commencement exercises. Here, seniors wait for their turn to cross the stage and receive diplomas. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

133 Tri County High School grads advised to ‘shoot high’

One-hundred-thirty-three Tri County seniors said their goodbyes to the school that for the last four years has been their home away from home. Some were glad to be leaving, others mourned the passing of friendships that have endured since grade school.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.

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Howard City Police Department merges with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

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.

A roof of a storage building at the Road Commission of Montcalm County facility on M-46 near Howard City collapsed under the weight of rain soaked snow and high winds Thursday. The building housed several pieces of equipment. The extent of the damage won’t be known until the roof is removed. — Courtesy photo

Roof collapses at Road Commission facility in Howard City

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.

Joannah Sheldon of Winfield Township says she works on teaching her six children how to get along with each other when they are stuck at home for multiple snow days away from school. “Being confined in close quarters results in a lot of sibling fighting, but I try to remember it’s a good opportunity for character development and helping them learn how to work through their differences,” she said. Above, the Sheldon siblings play a game of charades to pass the time on a snow day Tuesday. From left to right, Abel, 5, David, 8, Marlin, 4, and Elizabeth, 11, guess what object Renee, 10, is acting out. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Winter storms have schools adjusting to multiple days off

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.