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The Howard City Village Council voted Monday for ordinance language stating that no vehicles may be parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 15. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City clarifies street parking ordinance rules

Ask any snowplow driver and they will tell you one of their biggest challenges is plowing around illegally parked vehicles. The Howard City Village Council attempted to help with this issue during Monday night’s meeting by unanimously voting for ordinance language stating that no vehicles may be parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 15.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reports on the slow progress of a Montcalm County financial investigation. Axe is pictured next to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firms still investigating Montcalm County’s financial ‘mess’

Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.

Firefighters from three fire departments worked nearly five hours Saturday night to fight a fire that destroyed this house at 8664 Arbogast Road near Indian Lake in Winfield Township. The fire rekindled on Wednesday afternoon. — Courtesy photo

Fire destroys Indian Lake home on Saturday, rekindles Wednesday

Three fire departments responded to a house fire at Indian Lake on Saturday night and worked nearly five hours to extinguish the blaze, which rekindled Wednesday.
According to Lakeview District Fire Department Chief Patrick Q. Carr, the house at 8664 Arbogast Road was fully involved in flames when the first firefighters arrived shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. Lakeview called for mutual aide from Howard City Fire Department and Maple Valley Township Fire Department.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council looks to 2017

he Howard City Village Council dealt with the final business of the year in a drama-free 29-minute meeting Monday night.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

A Montcalm County-operated recycling service in Howard City was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate it from Leppink’s Food Center. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

One less recycling location for Montcalm County

A solitary sign is all that remains of Howard City’s recycling site. The Montcalm County-operated service was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted on Nov. 7 to eliminate it due to an increase in county recycling costs, as well as garbage and trash abuse at the site, which was located in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center on M-82.

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Coral man convicted of extortion

A man was sentenced to jail after using a stolen trailer to blackmail and threaten a longtime friend. Ryan Griffee, 28, of Coral, was in possession of a utility trailer he had stolen, according to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. He loaned the stolen trailer to a longtime friend last spring in Howard City. While the trailer was in the friend’s possession, it was stolen.

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Neighbors rescue dogs amid fire

Homeowners and their dogs remained safe after a house fire at 1308 Hawkview Drive on Thursday evening. When the Sand Lake Fire Department arrived on the scene after receiving a call at 7:28 p.m., neighbors had already rescued the puppies.

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

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.