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Howard City Department of Public Works employee Joe Cornelisse sprinkles salt on sidewalks on Edgerton Street in front of downtown Howard City businesses on Wednesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council members criticize DPW, again

After a one-month reprieve, this village’s Department of Public Works was once again the subject of complaints at the Howard City Village Council meeting. During Monday night’s 34-minute meeting, the DPW was criticized by multiple council members on multiple counts. Last November’s council meeting was also full of complaints about the DPW.

Horseshoe Lake is a 97-acre lake located off Cedar Point Drive in southwest Belvidere Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fuel oil spills into Belvidere Township’s Horseshoe Lake

Up to 200 gallons of fuel oil recently spilled into Horseshoe Lake on the southwest side of Belvidere Township. According to David Wierzbicki, incident management specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Remediation and Redevelopment Division in Grand Rapids, the spill was reported by a resident on Jan. 4. Anywhere from 150 to 200 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of an oil tank in the yard of a cottage on Cedar Point Drive on Horseshoe Lake, which is a 97-acre body of water.

A “No Trespassing, No Entry” order, signed by former Reynolds Township Supervisor Dan Fisk, hangs on a wooden fence in front of blighted property owned by Dale Kass at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131), just north of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Reynolds Township, state at a loss to clean up blighted property

There’s a million dollar property in Reynolds Township, and not the kind that you want on the tax roll. The property at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131) in Howard City is home to more than 9,000 cubic yards of waste, much of which remains obvious to passing motorists despite a wooden fence.

The entire Battle family gathered Wednesday morning in Montcalm County Probate Court to make their adoption of two toddlers, Kaylee and Jameson, official. Pictured are, from left, Kelsey, Troy, Alexis, Kaylee, Philip, Barbara and Jameson Battle, and Judge Charles Simon III, who presided over the procedure. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Howard City family has two new reasons to be thankful this year

Typically, judges take a dim view of participants in courtroom proceedings running up and down the aisles while emitting ear-piercing screams at the top of their lungs. But last Wednesday, Montcalm County Probate Judge Charles Simon III made an exception to this rule.

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.

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.

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: Saginaw woman charged with ID theft of Howard City woman

A Saginaw woman has been arrested for charges of identify theft against a Howard City woman.

Melinda Kay Miller, 42, was arraigned in 64B District Court on Thursday and is currently lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of identity theft.

A letter from the IRS to Pierson Township details how the township is being financially penalized to the tune of at least $35,849.83 due to the “intentional disregard” of former clerk Brooke Scott. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Former Pierson Township clerk costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars

Five years of ignoring the IRS is costing the taxpayers of this small township tens of thousands of dollars … and counting. So far, Pierson Township has paid $35,849.83 in back pay, interest and penalties due to the negligence of former township clerk Brooke Scott, who failed to file multiple IRS forms from 2008 to 2013, when she resigned. She also misappropriated expenditures and mishandled the township’s payroll.

Jim Kersjes of Grand Rapids, a volunteer with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, prepares to help kayakers portage around fallen trees in the Tamarack Creek. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Traversing the Tamarack: Behind the scenes with a backyard treasure

A group representing the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly recently kayaked down a local tributary, and I went along for the ride. A banner boasting the epic title “Voyage of Discovery” was on display last Friday morning at Minnie Farmer Park on the east side of Howard City. The voyage covered about three miles of the Tamarack Creek from Minnie Farmer Park’s artesian well to Artman Park on Howard City’s west side.