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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.

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JUST IN: Howard City Village Council hires new president as manager

HOWARD CITY — The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to call off an ongoing village manager search in favor of hiring newly elected Village President Randy Heckman as interim village manager.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

Several students were injured when a Tri County Area Schools bus slid off the road and struck a tree Wednesday afternoon near Howard City. — Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Tri County school bus strikes tree, several students injured

Several students were injured when a Tri County Area Schools bus slid off the road and struck a tree Wednesday afternoon near Howard City.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. at Tamarack and Daggett roads. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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UPDATE: Teenage pedestrian, pregnant woman and toddler all injured in Howard City accident

A teenage pedestrian and a baby were injured and a pregnant woman went into labor when two vehicles collided Tuesday afternoon in Howard City. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on M-82 just east of Amy School Road around 3:45 p.m.

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JUST IN: Teenage pedestrian and baby injured in 2-vehicle crash in Howard City, pregnant woman goes into labor

A teenage pedestrian and a baby were injured and a pregnant woman went into labor when two vehicles collided this afternoon in Howard City.

This passenger car was involved in a fatal accident on Thanksgiving Eve at Almy and Federal roads just north of Howard City. — File photo

UPDATE: Victim of fatal Howard City car accident ID’d

A woman who was killed in a Thanksgiving Eve accident just north of Howard City has been identified.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at the intersection of Almy and Federal roads at 5:49 p.m.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

This passenger car was involved in a fatal accident on Thanksgiving Eve at Almy and Federal roads just north of Howard City. — File photo

UPDATED: Woman killed in two-vehicle accident in Howard City

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a two-vehicle accident this evening just north of Howard City.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at the intersection of Almy and Federal roads at 5:49 p.m.

No one was injured when a pick-up truck rear-ended a Tri County school bus Tuesday afternoon in Pierson Township. — Courtesy photo

Tri County school bus rear-ended by pickup truck

A teen driving a pickup truck rear-ended a Tri County Area Schools bus Tuesday afternoon, but no one was injured.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 2:30 p.m. on Lake Montcalm Road near Maple Hill Road.