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Latitudes Roadhouse & Steelhead Tavern owner Frank Zamarippa talks with Michigan State Housing Development Authority consultant Marilyn Smith after tonight's special Howard City Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council now supports Latitudes apartments

After learning more details about a proposal to build high-end apartments above a local restaurant, most of the Howard City Village Council now supports the idea. The council voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal at a special meeting Wednesday night. The move was a reversal of a 6-1 vote against the proposal last month.

Latitudes Restaurant and Steelhead Tavern is housed in a century-old building that previously served as home to the Howard City Hotel. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council unsure about Latitudes apartments

Frank Zamarippa opened Latitudes Roadhouse and Steelhead Tavern in 2003 with the goal of bringing well-crafted regional and seasonal food to a unique dining experience in downtown Howard City. Eleven years later, the gastro pub is going strong, with more than 20 employees working in the historic building which formerly housed the Howard City Hotel more than a century ago.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

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‘She enjoyed life to the fullest’: 22-year-old woman killed in motorcycle accident

Ashley Drake was an intoxicating mixture of bubbly and bullheaded. She loved writing and fishing. She loved 4-H and her dog, Riley. And she loved a good adventure.

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JUST IN: 2 women injured in deer-vehicle accident on U.S. 131

Two women were hospitalized with minor injuries after a deer struck by another vehicle was thrown through their windshield along U.S. 131 on Saturday afternoon
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Pamela Salamone, 55, of Caledonia, was traveling south on U.S. 131 shortly after 5 p.m. when a separate vehicle struck a deer in the roadway, causing it to go through the windshield of Salamone’s 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

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UPDATE: Detroit man flees sheriff’s deputies in Reynolds Township

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies engaged in a pursuit on Wednesday that ended with the arrest of the suspect. The suspect, a 54-year-old Detroit man, is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding and an outstanding warrant for a probation violation out of Wayne County. The suspect may be facing additional charges as a result of his actions.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

From left to right, Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman are all former members of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club. All three now work for Michigan State University Extension. — Courtesy photo

4-H’ers Forever: Trio of former Winfield Hustlers working for MSU Extension

For many 4-H’ers, their affiliation with the youth program ends about when they graduate from high school.

For three former members of the Winfield Hustlers, 4-H became a lifelong career.

Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman were all members of the Winfield Hustlers, Montcalm County’s oldest 4-H club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Today, all three work for Michigan State University Extension.