Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman thinks this tract of land situated between Leppink’s and Mercantile Bank on Shaw Street would be a good location for a drive-through restaurant. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fast food dreams: Howard City hoping for drive-through restaurant

It’s no secret Howard City residents long for the convenience of a local fast food restaurant. Talks about bringing McDonald’s or a similar drive-through to town have come and gone without results over the years.

This upcycled paper pumpkin was made by the Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and is available for $10 at the library as a fundraiser. The library is one of several local organizations sponsoring a Halloween event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park. The night includes trick or treating, food and drinks, a hayride, a bonfire and an outdoors movie, "Hocus Pocus." — Courtesy photo

Halloween is coming to Howard City

Decades ago during Halloween, Howard City hosted outdoor movies with holiday-themed events for the community.

The village is resurrecting that idea, so to speak, with a Halloween event planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park in downtown Howard City.

Wolverine World Wide’s distribution center in Howard City opened in 1998 and encompasses 490,000 square feet. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Wolverine World Wide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Wolverine World Wide has always kept Ted Barr busy. The Howard City man began working with the footwear and apparel company in the mid-1980s. He began at the Big Rapids factory, then moved to the Rockford factory where he worked in a supervisory capacity and made frequent trips to the company’s factory in Arkansas.


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.

Mark Rambo

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.