JUST IN: Howard City Village Council starts over with overdue water bills

This village has $3,800 worth of overdue water bills from residents dating back to 2011.

Howard City Village President Randy Heckman updated the village council about the situation during tonight’s regular monthly meeting.

Cancer survivor Brenda Saladin of Greenville spent years battling stage III invasive duct carcinoma, but she is now cancer-free. — Courtesy photo

Cancer survivors say listen to your doctor, keep the faith

When it comes to cancer treatment, is it a positive attitude that breeds success or success that produces a positive attitude?

If you ask cancer survivors Karen Herzog and Brenda Saladin, they might tell you it’s a little bit of both.


JUST IN: 1 killed, 3 others injured in 3-vehicle accident in Ensley Township

A Newaygo man died and three other people from Howard City and Sand Lake were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Newaygo County’s Ensley Township on Thursday morning. Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart post responded to the accident around 10 a.m. on South Elm Avenue at 120th Street.

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Former Howard City manager is new Kentwood deputy admin

Mark Rambo just couldn’t stay away from local government.

The former Howard City village manager recently accepted the job of deputy administrator for the city of Kentwood in southern Kent County. He will leave his current post as operations manager at Grand Valley State University to start his new job Oct. 5.


Road Commission clarifies Winfield Township trustee’s complaint

The head of the Road Commission for Montcalm County says a Winfield Township official is incorrect in his complaints about local road work.

Supervisor Phyllis Larson, Clerk Colleen Stebbins, Treasurer Michael Gommesen, trustees Cathy Killinger and Dan Kanouse were all present at the June 11 meeting of the township board.


Police arrest 2 vendors for selling counterfeit goods at Burley Park

Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sixth District Tobacco Tax Enforcement Team were inspecting the Burley Park Flea Market near Howard City on Monday when they discovered several vendors selling counterfeit purses, perfume and headphones.

One of the photos that has been circulating on Facebook about two horses that are allegedly starving to death in Pierson Township. Montcalm County Animal Control is investigating. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control clarifies Pierson horse rumors

Photos of horses in Pierson Township have been making the rounds on Facebook recently with allegations of the owner starving and killing the horses. “These animals are forced to live in horrid conditions,” one person posted on Facebook along with two photos. “Their paddock is barely a larger footprint than my house. It’s solid mud and when they do have hay it’s so moldy and gross I can’t believe they can eat it. The animal in these pics is eating mud and trying to survive. The Montcalm County Animal Control and Sheriff’s Office refuse to help.”


JUST IN: Saginaw woman charged with ID theft of Howard City woman

A Saginaw woman has been arrested for charges of identify theft against a Howard City woman.

Melinda Kay Miller, 42, was arraigned in 64B District Court on Thursday and is currently lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of identity theft.

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams

‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.