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JUST IN: Sheriff’s Office seeking assistance identifying Howard City burglars

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying two individuals who broke into and robbed a Howard City business.

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Howard City Winterfest revival a success, despite warm weather

Although “Frozen In Time” was the theme of this year’s Winterfest, there was more thawing than freezing Saturday in Howard City.

However, despite sunshine and temps in the 40s, the village’s effort to revive the celebration of winter proved to be a moderate success.

Howard City will host Winterfest on Saturday with the theme “Frozen In Time.” The daylong festival will feature ice skating and broom ball at Ensley Park, plus a chili cook-off and a showing of the movie “Frozen” at the Howard City Fire Department. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to be ‘Frozen In Time’ on Saturday

After a two-year absence, Winterfest is making a comeback in this village.

A full day of winter fun with the theme “Frozen In Time” is planned from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival committee is comprised of Paula Hagstrom, Dawn Johansen, Mary Overbeek and Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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JUST IN: Meth lab discovered during response to home break-in

A call to a report of breaking and entering Tuesday led to the discovery of an “open pot meth lab.”

Howard City Department of Public Works employee Joe Cornelisse sprinkles salt on sidewalks on Edgerton Street in front of downtown Howard City businesses on Wednesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council members criticize DPW, again

After a one-month reprieve, this village’s Department of Public Works was once again the subject of complaints at the Howard City Village Council meeting. During Monday night’s 34-minute meeting, the DPW was criticized by multiple council members on multiple counts. Last November’s council meeting was also full of complaints about the DPW.

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Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

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Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

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IN BRIEF: Winterfest returning to Howard City

Winter is here and Winterfest is just around the corner.

The Howard City Village Council discussed the annual festival during tonight’s council meeting.

Horseshoe Lake is a 97-acre lake located off Cedar Point Drive in southwest Belvidere Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fuel oil spills into Belvidere Township’s Horseshoe Lake

Up to 200 gallons of fuel oil recently spilled into Horseshoe Lake on the southwest side of Belvidere Township. According to David Wierzbicki, incident management specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Remediation and Redevelopment Division in Grand Rapids, the spill was reported by a resident on Jan. 4. Anywhere from 150 to 200 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of an oil tank in the yard of a cottage on Cedar Point Drive on Horseshoe Lake, which is a 97-acre body of water.