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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.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to express his support of merging the Howard City Police Department into the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Proposed Howard City Police Department merger takes step forward

The proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department into the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office took another step forward Monday. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee unanimously voted to recommend the full board approve the merger.

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Dog saves teenage girl from Howard City house fire

Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.

The Tri County High School Marching Band performs at the MSBOA District 7 Marching Festival Wednesday at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local bands compete at marching festival in Greenville (PHOTOS)

Standing on the sideline, with instruments and flags in hand and a focus that could not be shaken, students from 13 high school bands waited for the same single instruction before playing their first notes on Legacy Field.

Betty and William MacTavish of Howard City were injured when a motorcycle struck their minivan Sunday night in downtown Howard City. Pictured is a file photo of the MacTavishes when they were named grand marshals of the Howard City Harvest Festival in 2010. — File photo

Elderly Howard City man dies after motorcycle-minivan accident

An elderly Howard City man has died several days after a motorcycle-minivan crash Sunday night that left another man dead as well. Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt confirmed William MacTavish died Tuesday night. He was 84 years old.

Betty and William MacTavish of Howard City were injured when a motorcycle struck their minivan Sunday night in downtown Howard City. Pictured is a file photo of the MacTavishes when they were named grand marshals of the Howard City Harvest Festival in 2010. — File photo

Elderly Howard City man remains unconscious after motorcycle-minivan accident

An elderly Howard City man is clinging to life after a motorcycle-minivan crash Sunday night that left the motorcyclist dead. The accident occurred around 7:04 p.m. at the intersection of Ensley and Shaw streets.

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Thefts hit Reynolds Township Cemetery

The Howard City Police Department is asking for public assistance with its investigation of multiple thefts from the Reynolds Township Cemetery on Almy Road.

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Howard City’s annual Harvest Festival is a hit with adults and kids

This year’s Harvest Festival in Howard City brought in hundreds of visitors from across the area to share in the city’s annual autumnal celebration. Many of the festival’s favorite offerings were back again and several new activities also were on the schedule.