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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.

From left to right, Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman are all former members of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club. All three now work for Michigan State University Extension. — Courtesy photo

4-H’ers Forever: Trio of former Winfield Hustlers working for MSU Extension

For many 4-H’ers, their affiliation with the youth program ends about when they graduate from high school.

For three former members of the Winfield Hustlers, 4-H became a lifelong career.

Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman were all members of the Winfield Hustlers, Montcalm County’s oldest 4-H club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Today, all three work for Michigan State University Extension.

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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.

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Residents asked to lock vehicles after string of larcenies in Reynolds Township

After a string of recent break-ins, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging township residents to ensure they lock their car doors.

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.

Tri County High School graduating senior Codey Minard hopes to one day land his dream job of being the first wheelchair-bound minor league baseball team manager. His advice to fellow students: keep trying. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior hopes to be first wheelchair bound baseball manager

Codey Minard was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The boy who had loved nothing more than playing sports, particularly baseball, suddenly had to come to terms with the fact he would be spending his life in a wheelchair.

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.

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.