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A center lane will be added to Shaw Street in Howard City to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of vehicles waiting to turn into business driveways, such as Leppink's Food Center. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City readies for $1 million Shaw Street project

Businesses on this village’s busiest stretch will remain open throughout a $1 million road project set to begin after Labor Day and be completed by next Memorial Day. The Howard City Village Council in July approved a $1,036,389 bid from CL Trucking & Excavating of Ionia to work on Shaw Street from the village’s traffic light at Federal Road (old 131) west on Shaw to the village limits, which are located just short of the U.S. 131 expressway north and south ramps.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

This year’s Harvest Festival court includes, front, Princess Lauren Senn; back row from left, first runner-up Hannah Ringler, Queen Bridgette Pollaski and second runner-up Hope Gommensen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County senior named Howard City Harvest Festival queen

Bridgette Pollaski had some reservations about entering her first pageant, in this case the contest for Harvest Festival queen.

“The word pageant made me hesitant, as all I could picture were Barbie doll girls, mascara tears and helicopter moms,” she told an amused audience during Monday evening’s pageant at Heritage United Methodist Church just south of Howard City.

Ron Schafer

JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

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JUST IN: Wyoming man killed in hit and run

A Wyoming man who was walking along a road early this morning was struck and killed by a motorcyclist.

Courtesy photo/Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

Man dies in motorcycle accident, body found 2 days later

A local man died in a motorcycle-tree accident Sunday night, but his body wasn’t discovered until Tuesday evening.

Howard City Fire Chief Randy Heckman sprays foam as delighted children jump and play Tuesday morning as part of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library summer reading program fun. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council spends on street project, fire truck and fencing

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to spend more than $1.4 million combined on a street project, new fire truck and ballfield fencing during Monday night’s meeting.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City spends funds on street, fire truck, ballfields

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to spend more than $1.4 million combined on a street project, new fire truck and ballfield fencing during tonight’s meeting.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

Adam Rodenhouse of Rockford (40) and Donald Marsh of Gowen (555) go rear end to rear end during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday.

Howard City’s Kass survives Montcalm County 4-H Fair demo derby

Justin Kass has watched an uncle do demolition derbies before and decided he wanted to do one, too.

Kass, of Howard City, got his love of running into other cars to pay off for him.