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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.

Nicole Stapleton was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday for her role in causing a multi-vehicle accident that led to a man’s death in February 2012 in Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Psychotic episode’: Judge finds woman not guilty due to insanity after fatal accident

A judge has found a woman not guilty by reason of insanity for her role in causing a series of multi-vehicle collisions, resulting in the death of one man and the injuries of several others on Feb. 26, 2012. Nicole Stapleton, 31, of Howard City, appeared before Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger for a bench trial Monday morning in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. A bench trial is a trial by judge, as opposed to a trial by jury.

Greenville’s Brian Zdanowski enjoys the view from San Francisco’s AT&T Park during a Giants game. Zdanowski has been to every current MLB stadium, plus many of the stadiums that have closed.

Sports fanatic visits every MLB stadium and more

Greenville High School athletic director Brian Zdanowski is a sports fanatic, more specifically a baseball fanatic. Currently, there are 30 Major League Baseball organizations, meaning 30 different professional ballparks.

Howard City police officers responded to the accident on northbound U.S. 131 just south of Cutler Road in Reynolds Township around 9:30 a.m. A resident in the area called 911 after hearing a crash on the expressway and found a 2005 Jeep Liberty concealed in a heavy brush and wooded area not visible from the roadway. – Courtesy photo

Pregnant woman injured, dog missing after Howard City accident

A pregnant woman was injured in an accident this morning when her jeep collided with a tree. Meanwhile, a dog is missing from the vehicle.