Breanna Brockschmidt, 8, of Greenville, using a snowblower to plow the sidewalk in front of her home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools facing make-up days due to winter weather

In the winter game of snow days played by local school districts, every card in the hand has officially been played. With nearly three weeks remaining in the winter season, there isn’t a single school district within The Daily News coverage area that hasn’t exhausted the entirety of its allocated six snow days by the state government.

A worker with the Greenville Public Services Department clears snow from a sidewalk along W. Montcalm Street on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Late February storm blankets Montcalm County in snow

If this winter came in like a lamb, then it is going out like a lion.

A winter storm has covered all of Montcalm County in up to 11 inches of snow and closed all of the area’s schools and county offices on Thursday, with many opting to close early on Wednesday before the storm hit full force.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County approves police contract with Reynolds Township

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a sheriff’s coverage contract for Reynolds Township.

The one-year contract costs the township $37,700, or $36.25 per hour, and will be paid in monthly installments of $3,141.67.

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.


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.


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.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

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.


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.”