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Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

Mattson’s Hardware employees are pictured at Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event to celebrate the opening day of hunting season Nov. 15. A total of 18 bucks and more than 300 people participated in the event. Pictured from left to right are Mattson’s employees including Mattson’s owners Ruth and Rick Kilts pictured in center. — Courtesy photo

Buck up: Howard City’s buck pole draws crowd

Opening day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Montcalm County, so it’s no surprise Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event was a smashing success. The buck pole went up in the vacant lot at the corner of Ensley Street and Shaw Street (where the village’s farmers market is held) in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, sponsored by Mattson’s Hardware and Mac’s Rustic Sports. The Howard City Fire Department helped with lighting for the event.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City funeral home faces water shutoff

This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.

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JUST IN: Man suffers critical injuries in three-car accident Monday

The Michigan State Police-Lakeview Post is currently investigating a three-car accident that resulted in a critical injury Monday.

Tri County High School Marching Band walks through the main tunnel at Ford Field prior to performing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tri County Marching Band competes at Finals for 1st time (PHOTOS)

Standing together in the giant confines of Ford Field, performing for the final time after a long and enduring season, members of the Tri County Marching Band took one last collective breath. There would be no do-over, no second chance, as for the first time in school history, the band was performing at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Finals.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County votes to shut down Howard City recycling site

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to eliminate Howard City’s free recycling site due to issues of cost and abuse.

The recommendation came from the county’s Solid Waste Management Committee, which met Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.

A sign clearly states which items are and are not acceptable for recycling at Montcalm County recycling sites throughout the county, including Howard City’s site in the parking lot of Leppink’s. The county is planning on eliminating Howard City’s site due to garbage abuse and financial issues. — File photo

Howard City recycling site set to be shut down

Montcalm County’s free recycling site in Howard City is set to close after no one from the community attended a meeting to speak in support of the service. The county’s Solid Waste Management Committee hosted a special meeting Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.