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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.

This pickup truck driven by a 43-year-old Stanwood man caught fire after hitting and dragging a motorcycle Tuesday morning. — Courtesy photo

Alleged drunken driver hits motorcycle, drags it about a mile

A 43-year-old Stanwood man is in jail after allegedly hitting and dragging a motorcycle about a mile before his vehicle caught fire.

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.

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.

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The Howard City Village Council discusses how to hire a village manager at Monday night’s meeting, from left to right, retiring Village President S. Michael Scott, incoming village president Randy Heckman and council members Tom Harris and Janice Williams. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council to interview new batch of manager candidates

Three candidates have been interviewed and found wanting for this village’s manager position. The Howard City Village Council voted tonight to forgo three finalists and interview three new candidates.

Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, standing, shakes hands with Howard City Councilwoman Jodi Cummings after Taylor’s job interview Tuesday evening, while Councilman Max Gondre, far left, and Village President S. Michael Scott, far right, look on. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Cedar Springs manager interviews in Howard City

Thad Taylor didn’t have to travel far to his job interview Tuesday evening. The Cedar Springs city manager drove a dozen miles north to interview as a finalist for Howard City village manager.

Daniel Faulkner, center, is quizzed by members of the Howard City Village Council at a special meeting Monday evening. Faulkner is one of three finalists for the village manager position. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council interviews first manager finalist

This village’s council interviewed the first of three finalists for village manager Monday evening. Daniel Faulkner was quizzed by all seven members of the Howard City Village Council. The village’s manager job is a part-time position.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, at left, addresses council members during Monday night’s discussion about hiring a village manager. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City chooses 3 village manager finalists

The current Cedar Springs city manager and a former Edmore village manager are among the finalists for this village’s top job. The Howard City Village Council met Monday night to choose three finalists out of 15 applications for the part-time village manager position. The three finalists are former Edmore Village Manager Eric Dodson, village of Lawrence Department of Public Works specialist Daniel Faulkner and current Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor.