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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.

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IN BRIEF: Winterfest returning to Howard City

Winter is here and Winterfest is just around the corner.

The Howard City Village Council discussed the annual festival during tonight’s council meeting.

Horseshoe Lake is a 97-acre lake located off Cedar Point Drive in southwest Belvidere Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Fuel oil spills into Belvidere Township’s Horseshoe Lake

Up to 200 gallons of fuel oil recently spilled into Horseshoe Lake on the southwest side of Belvidere Township. According to David Wierzbicki, incident management specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Remediation and Redevelopment Division in Grand Rapids, the spill was reported by a resident on Jan. 4. Anywhere from 150 to 200 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of an oil tank in the yard of a cottage on Cedar Point Drive on Horseshoe Lake, which is a 97-acre body of water.

A “No Trespassing, No Entry” order, signed by former Reynolds Township Supervisor Dan Fisk, hangs on a wooden fence in front of blighted property owned by Dale Kass at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131), just north of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Reynolds Township, state at a loss to clean up blighted property

There’s a million dollar property in Reynolds Township, and not the kind that you want on the tax roll. The property at 8250 Federal Road (old U.S. 131) in Howard City is home to more than 9,000 cubic yards of waste, much of which remains obvious to passing motorists despite a wooden fence.

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Coral man struck by 2 vehicles on Bailey Road

A Coral man was struck by two vehicles Wednesday night on Bailey Road north of McBride Road in Maple Valley Township. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of person being hit by a vehicle at 10:34 p.m. on Wednesday. The investigation revealed that the person was struck by two vehicles.

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JUST IN: Howard City to purchase new fire truck

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted tonight to purchase a new pumper fire truck at a cost of about $350,000.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

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Montcalm County Angel Tree program brings Christmas joy to children

A rosy-cheeked youngster standing in rapt wonder before a present-laden Christmas tree is an image with which we all are familiar.

The scene is so common, in fact, so comfortable, that we sometimes forget it is one not played out in every American home.