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Howard City Police Department merges with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

The police officers in this village are hanging up their blue uniform and donning a garment of brown. Today, the Howard City Police Department officially merges with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, bringing an end to the police department history of nearly six decades. It’s a noteworthy undertaking, unmatched by any other in county history, as far as Sheriff Bill Barnwell knows.

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Dog saves teenage girl from Howard City house fire

Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.

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Howard City Harvest Festival queen and court crowned

The 2013 Howard City Harvest Festival Queen and Princess pageant was held Aug. 13 at Tri County High School. Meagan Bean, 16, was crowned Harvest Festival queen.

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Winfield Township home destroyed in fire

Four fire departments worked together Monday to battle a fire that destroyed a Howard City-area home and nearly all the contents inside. According to Amble Fire Capt. Jason Schuitema, flames were showing when the department arrived at 8190 N. Bailey Road just south of M-46 around 12:23 p.m.

Firefighters work together to spray water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pole barn, farm equipment destroyed in Maple Valley Township fire

A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.

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Tri County High School graduates 162 seniors

Graduating seniors from Tri County High School have said goodbye to a way of life they’ve come to know well over the past four years. Some will move on to college, others to careers and families; but whatever the destination, Thursday night’s commencement ceremony represented a turning point none of them will forget. The class of 162 seniors marched into the school’s packed-to-the-walls gymnasium to the traditional strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the school band.

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Montcalm County Emergency Services honor late county commissioner

A rainy Wednesday gave way to a clear and pleasant evening, just in time to honor a longtime Montcalm County commissioner and emergency rescue advocate. Montcalm County Emergency Services employees gathered at the Stanton base for a dedication ceremony for the late Carl Paepke, along with Paepke’s two daughters, Priscilla Heimbecker and Jeanne Poulsen, both of Trufant.

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Snow storm hits Montcalm County, drops 10.5 inches of snow

Road crews in Montcalm County have been working diligently last night and again early this morning, plowing and salting roads in attempt to open them up after heavy snow landed overnight throughout the area.

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Howard City man arrested in connection to fatal July crash

A twenty-four-year-old Howard City man has been charged with the death of Scott Michael Gregory, a 25-year-old Howard City man who was killed when struck by a vehicle in July.

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Vestaburg man arrested for marijuana possession

A Vestaburg man is in custody after officials with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office discovered “a large amount” of marijuana in the basement of his home Thursday.