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On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Officials unhappy about plan to spread crushed limestone on White Pine Trail

Plans are underway to line almost half of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail with crushed limestone instead of paved asphalt — and Montcalm County residents are not pleased. The north to south White Pine Trail is about 90 miles long from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in Tustin, Leroy, Ashton, Reed City, Paris, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Morley, Howard City, Pierson, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Rockford and Belmont.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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Grace Community Church marks 20 years in Howard City

Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation’s preeminent priest and professor of theology, once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
The congregation of Grace Community Church also chooses to stake their confidence on grace.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

Tri County School Board President Jill Fennessy, right, shakes hands with Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht after received the Level 4 Master Certification for improving her leadership skills and becoming a more effective school leader March 30 during the countywide school board meeting in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tri County board president elected to MASB Board of Directors

Tri County Area Schools Board President Jill Fennessy approaches her position with an energy and passion that is sometimes lacking in today’s world of public education. And now, Fennessy will take that dedication to public education to the state level, as she has been elected to serve on the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors.

Jeremy Gard

UPDATE: Alleged drunken driver in jail after hitting motorcyclist, dragging bike

An early morning crash left a motorcyclist in critical condition on Tuesday.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Howard City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Church Road, just east of Amy School Road. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a pickup trunk was completely engulfed in flames.

Montcalm Township firefighters work to put out a fire at a South Satterlee Road. The March 18 blaze that destroyed a shed started as a small grass fire that quickly spread throughout the property. — File photo

Out of control: Property owners need to control burning

As the temperatures start to climb, property owners are looking around their yards and realizing the summer yard work season has begun. With piles of leaves and brush laying around, it might seem like the best time of year to burn them off.