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On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal.  — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage vote on the horizon

In less than three weeks, Montcalm County residents will be deciding how much county services are worth to them.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal. The millage would generate approximately $986,077 in revenue in its first year and would help fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve or restore other county services.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council hears reports from Chamber, county, police

The Howard City Village Council heard reports on a multitude of topics during a 37-minute regular meeting tonight.
Village Manager-President Randy Heckman reported the Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce wanted to move out of their office in the River Valley Shopper building and into the village complex. Heckman is letting them use a room that previously served as the fire chief’s office.

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JUST IN: Sheriff’s Office seeking assistance identifying Howard City burglars

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying two individuals who broke into and robbed a Howard City business.

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Howard City Winterfest revival a success, despite warm weather

Although “Frozen In Time” was the theme of this year’s Winterfest, there was more thawing than freezing Saturday in Howard City.

However, despite sunshine and temps in the 40s, the village’s effort to revive the celebration of winter proved to be a moderate success.

Howard City will host Winterfest on Saturday with the theme “Frozen In Time.” The daylong festival will feature ice skating and broom ball at Ensley Park, plus a chili cook-off and a showing of the movie “Frozen” at the Howard City Fire Department. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to be ‘Frozen In Time’ on Saturday

After a two-year absence, Winterfest is making a comeback in this village.

A full day of winter fun with the theme “Frozen In Time” is planned from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival committee is comprised of Paula Hagstrom, Dawn Johansen, Mary Overbeek and Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman.

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Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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JUST IN: Meth lab discovered during response to home break-in

A call to a report of breaking and entering Tuesday led to the discovery of an “open pot meth lab.”

Howard City Department of Public Works employee Joe Cornelisse sprinkles salt on sidewalks on Edgerton Street in front of downtown Howard City businesses on Wednesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council members criticize DPW, again

After a one-month reprieve, this village’s Department of Public Works was once again the subject of complaints at the Howard City Village Council meeting. During Monday night’s 34-minute meeting, the DPW was criticized by multiple council members on multiple counts. Last November’s council meeting was also full of complaints about the DPW.

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Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

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Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.