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A “No Trespassing, No Entry” order, signed by former Reynolds Township Supervisor Dan Fisk, hangs on a wooden fence in front of blighted property owned by Dale Kass at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131), just north of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Reynolds Township, state at a loss to clean up blighted property

There’s a million dollar property in Reynolds Township, and not the kind that you want on the tax roll. The property at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131) in Howard City is home to more than 9,000 cubic yards of waste, much of which remains obvious to passing motorists despite a wooden fence.

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Coral man struck by 2 vehicles on Bailey Road

A Coral man was struck by two vehicles Wednesday night on Bailey Road north of McBride Road in Maple Valley Township. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of person being hit by a vehicle at 10:34 p.m. on Wednesday. The investigation revealed that the person was struck by two vehicles.

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JUST IN: Howard City to purchase new fire truck

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted tonight to purchase a new pumper fire truck at a cost of about $350,000.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

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Montcalm County Angel Tree program brings Christmas joy to children

A rosy-cheeked youngster standing in rapt wonder before a present-laden Christmas tree is an image with which we all are familiar.

The scene is so common, in fact, so comfortable, that we sometimes forget it is one not played out in every American home.

The entire Battle family gathered Wednesday morning in Montcalm County Probate Court to make their adoption of two toddlers, Kaylee and Jameson, official. Pictured are, from left, Kelsey, Troy, Alexis, Kaylee, Philip, Barbara and Jameson Battle, and Judge Charles Simon III, who presided over the procedure. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Howard City family has two new reasons to be thankful this year

Typically, judges take a dim view of participants in courtroom proceedings running up and down the aisles while emitting ear-piercing screams at the top of their lungs. But last Wednesday, Montcalm County Probate Judge Charles Simon III made an exception to this rule.

Howard City Department of Public Works Director Mike VanWagner writes job assignments on a whiteboard in the DPW office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council voices multiple complaints about DPW

A report about a water leak turned into a litany of complaints about the Department of Public Works at Monday’s Howard City Village Council meeting. The council received a written report from DPW Director Mike VanWagner — who was not in attendance at the meeting — about a water leak the DPW has been investigating since last spring.

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JUST IN: Howard City learns about $25,000 water leak

The Howard City Village Council learned the village’s Department of Public Works has finally discovered the source of a water leak … eight months after it began.

Village President Randy Heckman reported at tonight’s council meeting that the DPW noticed the village had been losing a lot of water since last spring, about $25,000 worth, to date.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.

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JUST IN: Howard City man seriously injured in car-tree collision

A Howard City man sustained serious injuries after his car left the roadway this morning and struck a tree.