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.


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.


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.


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?

Members of the Edmore Village Council, from left, Eddie Adams, Bonnie Davis, Jamie Ballard, Village Clerk Tracy Fockler, Village Manager James Lower, President Karl Kluwe, Treasurer Elaine Leak, Phill Kohn, Karen Deja and Bonnie Ashbaugh, discuss the hiring of a new village manager during Monday evening’s council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore brings back Rankin as village manager

After an unexpected exit from the community nearly two years ago, a familiar face is expected to return to the position of Edmore village manager. The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Neil Rankin, 39, as village manager following the resignation of James Lower, whose last day is March 28 as he campaigns for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

A Montcalm County sheriff's deputy looks at an 14-foot section of a power line pole that split off from the pole after a car crashed through it on Saturday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

UPDATE: Rockford woman in critical condition after car crashes through pole

A woman is in critical condition after her car crashed through a power line pole before the woman was flung from her car Saturday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene in the 16000 block of W. Almy Road at the curve known as Balmy Road where Bailey Road meets Almy Road.

This car crashed through a power line pole and rolled some distance before coming to rest in a resident's yard in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

JUST IN: Car crashes through power line pole, woman flung from vehicle

A woman failed to negotiate a curve and crashed her car through a power line pole before she was flung from her vehicle tonight.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene around 8:15 p.m. on Balmy Road — the curve of Almy and Bailey roads south of M-46.

A sewer project that broke ground at Pierson Township’s Little Whitefish Lake in 1997 remains a funding concern today because of the special assessment sewer fund being depleted years ahead of schedule. — File photo

Little Whitefish Lake sewer fund issue still unresolved

An expensive and complicated special assessment situation continues to hang like an unpleasant fog over Little Whitefish Lake.
Lake Association President Matt Matlosz alerted Montcalm County officials to the sewer fund discrepancy in April 2015. There hasn’t been a public meeting to address the issue since county and lake association officials met in June 2015.