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Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

The house and property at 121 Godfrey St. in Howard City has been an ongoing blight problem for years. The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing the foreclosed home. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City considers demolishing blighted, foreclosed property

The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing a blighted house in the village.

The property is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council talks DPW in closed session

The Howard City Village Council went into closed session for 34 minutes tonight to discuss a DPW employee issue.

Phase 1 of a voter-approved $2.7 million sinking fund millage for Tri County Area Schools was celebrated Thursday morning by, from left, Superintendent Al Cumings, School Board Secretary Kevin Hoisington, Trustee Bill Baker, Trustee Jan Dewey, Board Treasurer Sharon Schwalbach, Board Vice President Janet Powell, Trustee Brian Campbell, Board President Jill Fennessy, Tri County Facilities Director Brian Ackey, Fritz Walhfield Jr. of Fritz Wahlfield Construction and Craig Nicely, architect from Progressive A&E. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Groundbreaking for $2.7 million project at Tri County Area Schools

Tri County Area Schools officials chose what felt like the first day of spring to begin Phase 1 of a five-part construction project.

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning kicked off a $2.7 million sinking fund millage project approved by voters in February 2015. The goal of the 1.5 mill project is to enhance safety and security throughout the school district.

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Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.

Howard City Village President-Manager Randy Heckman reviews a blueprint of the village’s two ballfields while standing near the pitcher’s mound on field 1. The Howard City Village Council recently voted to invest $35,000 in improvements to the ballfields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to make ballfields, trail upgrades (PHOTOS)

Plans are underway for upgrades to two ballfields and a local trail in Howard City. The Howard City Village Council on Monday approved spending $35,000 to redo two baseball fields. The council also learned the late Warren White had donated a piece of property to the village, which Village Manager Randy Heckman hopes to develop into more parking spaces, plus a pavilion.

Arlene Culver of ABC Longarm Quilting in Howard City, pictured at center, sewed this quilt along with Leona Bennett and Sharon Kelley as part of a Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA fundraiser for Brightening Veterans Lives. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview, Howard City bowlers donate $5,000+ to veterans

A local group of bowlers has donated more than $5,000 for veterans after hosting multiple fundraisers over the past two years.
The Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA is comprised of bowlers from both communities who decided to merge their associations in 1948, according to member Kathy Homrich of Howard City. The combined association currently has almost 200 members.

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MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council spends $68,700 on ballfields, DPW truck

The Howard City Village Council voted to spend $68,700 during tonight’s meeting for ballfield improvements, a new DPW truck and a new piece of office equipment.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?