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JUST IN: Car plows through Pierson cemetery, destroys headstones

A Howard City man allegedly drove his car through this township’s cemetery this afternoon, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery at the intersection of Amy School and Cannonsville Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

Polly Bolt

Tri County teacher headed to Library of Congress

Polly Bolt is nothing if not curious about the world around her. From teaching in an Alaskan bush village to researching the benefits of biomimicry to creating a STEM program for her elementary students, the Rockford woman is always coming up with questions and searching for answers.

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UPDATE: Missing Howard City man found sleeping at boat launch

A Howard City man who is slightly mentally impaired and diabetic was reported missing Thursday. Allen Russell, 51, was reported missing around 7 p.m. from his residence in the 300 block of Rathburn Street in Howard City, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

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UPDATE: Howard City B&E suspects identified

Two suspects in a Howard City-area breaking and entering incident in broad daylight have been identified.

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JUST IN: 2 men arrested for B&E near Howard City

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men for breaking and entering into a Howard City-area home.

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Repeating history in Pierson Township?

This isn’t the first time this township has had financial problems. Fifteen years ago, a situation unfolded, oddly similar to the scenario the township is facing today.

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.

Jacob Drake, 18, of Howard City and the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, won Best in Show and Outstanding Exhibit during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair for a hope chest he designed and built himself in shop class. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Howard City teen wins 4-H Best in Show Still Exhibit

As the Montcalm County 4-H Fair was just beginning last week, 4-H’er Jacob Drake was miles away, fishing with a friend on the Muskegon River near Croton Dam. It was then that his phone buzzed with a text message delivering a bit of surprising news.

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Howard City businesses hoping for $100,000 grant

Two Howard City businesses are hoping to earn $100,000 from Mission Main Street Grants. Kindel & Co. at 133 E. Edgerton St. and and KC Sales & Service Inc. at 338 Willow St. and 707 Ensley St. have both applied for one of the $100,000 grants from Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants.

Little Whitefish Lake Association President Matt Matlosz listens as Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines attempts to explain the status of an ongoing financial discrepancy involving the sewer fund of Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township during a special meeting Monday in Stanton. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm County officials debate Pierson Township sewer fund

Well, this stinks. That was the consensus at Monday’s subcommittee meeting during which Montcalm County officials attempted to sort out a sewer fund discrepancy involving Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township.