Howard City Department of Public Works Director Mike VanWagner writes job assignments on a whiteboard in the DPW office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council voices multiple complaints about DPW

A report about a water leak turned into a litany of complaints about the Department of Public Works at Monday’s Howard City Village Council meeting. The council received a written report from DPW Director Mike VanWagner — who was not in attendance at the meeting — about a water leak the DPW has been investigating since last spring.


JUST IN: Howard City learns about $25,000 water leak

The Howard City Village Council learned the village’s Department of Public Works has finally discovered the source of a water leak … eight months after it began.

Village President Randy Heckman reported at tonight’s council meeting that the DPW noticed the village had been losing a lot of water since last spring, about $25,000 worth, to date.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.


JUST IN: Howard City man seriously injured in car-tree collision

A Howard City man sustained serious injuries after his car left the roadway this morning and struck a tree.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman thinks this tract of land situated between Leppink’s and Mercantile Bank on Shaw Street would be a good location for a drive-through restaurant. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fast food dreams: Howard City hoping for drive-through restaurant

It’s no secret Howard City residents long for the convenience of a local fast food restaurant. Talks about bringing McDonald’s or a similar drive-through to town have come and gone without results over the years.

This upcycled paper pumpkin was made by the Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and is available for $10 at the library as a fundraiser. The library is one of several local organizations sponsoring a Halloween event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park. The night includes trick or treating, food and drinks, a hayride, a bonfire and an outdoors movie, "Hocus Pocus." — Courtesy photo

Halloween is coming to Howard City

Decades ago during Halloween, Howard City hosted outdoor movies with holiday-themed events for the community.

The village is resurrecting that idea, so to speak, with a Halloween event planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park in downtown Howard City.

Wolverine World Wide’s distribution center in Howard City opened in 1998 and encompasses 490,000 square feet. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Wolverine World Wide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Wolverine World Wide has always kept Ted Barr busy. The Howard City man began working with the footwear and apparel company in the mid-1980s. He began at the Big Rapids factory, then moved to the Rockford factory where he worked in a supervisory capacity and made frequent trips to the company’s factory in Arkansas.


JUST IN: Howard City Village Council starts over with overdue water bills

This village has $3,800 worth of overdue water bills from residents dating back to 2011.

Howard City Village President Randy Heckman updated the village council about the situation during tonight’s regular monthly meeting.