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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.

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Tri County’s ‘Top Gun’ graduates from Annapolis

Megan Wolowicz was inspired to join the Navy after watching “Top Gun.” Last month, the 2008 Tri County High School graduate followed in the footsteps of that movie’s larger-than-life characters by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In return for her bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, she will now serve the Navy.

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Emotions run high at Pierson Township murder arraignment

Julie Lynn Danielson’s family and friends packed a small courtroom Monday afternoon to witness the video arraignment of her alleged murderer. Robert Michael Munsell, 29, of Grand Rapids and Ionia, is charged with the open murder of Danielson, 31, of Pierson Township. Munsell was arraigned before Magistrate Richard Palmer in 64B District Court.

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Howard City’s Birchwood Golf Course sold to Sandyland Farms

Golfers, club members, family and friends gathered Sunday for a thank you buffet from the owners of Birchwood Golf Course. “This post is to make it official that the rumors that have been floating around that Birchwood Golf Course is being sold are indeed true,” stated Birchwood’s Facebook page on Oct. 3. “The agreement with Sandyland Farms was completed today. Members only until the last Sunday of October.” For the last 31 years, Mark and Debbie Heath have owned and operated the course at 6900 Masters Road just outside of Howard City.

Participants in Tuesday night’s Howard City Harvest Festival queen pageant included, from left to right, Jenna Butler, Jessie Frisbie, first runner-up Nina Hadley, Queen Nicole Newell and second runner-up Ashlyn Sutton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Harvest Festival queen wants to be a role model

The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.

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Multiple fire departments respond to Trufant barn fire (Photos)

Six fire departments responded to a fully involved fire at a barn that housed dairy cattle late Friday morning. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called to 477 Marble Road at 11:25 a.m. with a report that the roof of the barn was on fire.

Sophia Wright, 8, of Howard City, and Mattilyn Thompkins, 8, of Cedar Spring use colored water to paint a snowball. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

GALLERY: ‘Perfect weather’ for Howard City Winterfest

Sun and snow made a beautiful contrast Saturday at the third annual Howard City Winterfest. Children from throughout the neighborhood and out of town flocked to property near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library for sledding, snow painting and frozen chicken bowling.