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Moolenaar to fill 4th District seat

Republican John Moolenaar will fill 4th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Dave Camp, having beaten out Democratic challenger Jeff Holmes by a vote of 123,487 to 85,492 with 385 of 387 precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.

Camp has held the post since first being elected in 1990.

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Heckman elected new Howard City village president

Randy Heckman has been chosen as the new president of this village.

Heckman received 242 votes in the non-partisan race compared to challenger Ken Thomas Sr., who received 146 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, at left, addresses council members during Monday night’s discussion about hiring a village manager. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City chooses 3 village manager finalists

The current Cedar Springs city manager and a former Edmore village manager are among the finalists for this village’s top job. The Howard City Village Council met Monday night to choose three finalists out of 15 applications for the part-time village manager position. The three finalists are former Edmore Village Manager Eric Dodson, village of Lawrence Department of Public Works specialist Daniel Faulkner and current Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor.

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Howard City receives $400,000 SAW grant

This small village recently became the second town in Montcalm County to receive a Stormwater, Asset Management & Wastewater (SAW) grant. The $423,963 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) — with a village funding match of about $47,000 — will allow Howard City to begin an otherwise expensive assessment of its wastewater and storm water systems.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

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Howard City Village Council reviewing manager applications

This village has been without an official manager for three years.
Village President S. Michael Scott has been partially filling the position since the last village manager, Mark Rambo, left in September 2011. But in one month, Scott is retiring, leaving the village without a leader.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.

The Greenville High School Marching Band performs as the host band at Legacy Field in Greenville for the MSBOA District 7 Marching Band Festival on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marching bands leave it all on the field at MSBOA festival in Greenville

On a crisp, cool and windy autumn evening, Legacy Field was swarmed with students standing at attention, determination and focus in their eyes, who were waiting for the whistle to blow to put forth an entire season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears into motion.

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Just A Dream Huntz helps out new hunters

With the echo of the shot still ringing through the trees and the rifle still firmly against his shoulder, 14-year-old Raymond Wyman couldn’t believe he’d missed.

It was his first chance to bag a buck, an 8-point he’d spotted from a blind early in the morning Saturday. Raymond, a Grattan resident, was out hunting with instructors of the Just A Dream Huntz program, put on for first-time and beginning hunters.

But even after the buck trotted of unfazed, it luckily wouldn’t be the last chance he had at his first deer.