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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.

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.

The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

White Pine Trail project delayed due to concerns

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has agreed to temporarily delay a work project on the final 40-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park at the request of area legislators who reached out to the DNR on behalf of concerned residents.

This white bridge is a popular draw for photographs and weddings at Artman Park, located on the Tamarack Creek just west of Howard City. The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has a project underway to stabilize the park’s streambanks, which have been eroding. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Muskegon River Watershed projects in the works for Montcalm County

The Muskegon River travels through 12 counties in Michigan, playing a major role in the Great Lakes State moniker. A group of river-lovers have been working for almost two decades with the mission to preserve, protect and restore the Muskegon River Watershed, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles in west central Michigan.

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JUST IN: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly projects underway in Montcalm County

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) is working on some exciting projects in Montcalm County.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard an update today from MRWA Director Terry Stilson. The Muskegon River is the second longest river in Michigan at 217 miles long. The Muskegon River Watershed is situated in west central Michigan and encompasses more than 2,700 miles.

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JUST IN: Howard City man injured in car-tree crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a single vehicle accident that took place around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 8400 block of Garbow Road.

Investigators say a tan Toyota Corolla, driven by Scott Huff, 46, of Howard City, left the road and struck a tree. At the scene, police discovered Huff lying unconscious in the grass near the burning car.

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Tri County’s 149 graduates ‘braver than you believe’

A fresh crop of Tri County High School students celebrated years of academics, sports and extracurricular activities at commencement exercises Thursday evening at the school. The graduating class of 2015 saw 149 students cross the stage to receive diplomas.

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Tri County graduating senior known for talent on the trumpet

The trumpet is neither a shy nor reluctant instrument. Its clear call is designed to bring to attention anyone within earshot. Maybe that’s why Katherine “Katie” Lindsey picked it up in the sixth grade. Now, on the eve of her high school graduation, she’s leaving a local legacy as Tri County’s premier trumpeter.