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Road construction on M-46 near Howard City


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Travelers should be aware that road construction started on Monday, August 8, on M-46 near Howard City.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $2 million to resurface 2.4 miles of M-46 from west of US-131 to east of Federal Road, and add a center left-turn lane between US-131 and Edgar Road.

Lane closures under flag control will be in effect throughout the project.

The project is expected to be completed by Saturday, October 15.

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60th Anniversary


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CARL & ESTHER FLYNN

Come join in the celebration of Carl and Esther Flynn’s 60th Anniversary.

Saturday August 13th 2016 at Burley Park 19432 Howard City Edmore Road, Howard City Michigan 49329. Welcoming guests at 4:30 pm, food will be ready to eat at 5:00 pm. Rustic camping and train rides available. Bring your lawn chair, sit, visit, relax, and enjoy the band. (BYOB) If you are unable to attend and would like to send a card, send it to: Carl and Esther Flynn, 6180 124th Street, Sand Lake, Michigan 49343.

Key to their Marriage: Church, communication, working together, and a giving relationship from both, not a one-sided relationship.

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Construction impacting White Pine Trail use


 

From Friends of the White Pine Trail

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In the southern area of the tail, in Plainfield Township, there will be trail disruptions during this summer and fall.

In Comstock Park there will be equipment in and adjacent to the trail due to sewer line work for the next few weeks, and possibly into the fall. Please be very careful in this area and do not interfere with the construction activity. If you encounter someone directing you around construction, please follow their directions.

Between Belmont and Rockford there will be some equipment on the trail for the next month or longer.  There will be persons directing traffic whenever there is equipment on the trail – please cooperate with these folks that are doing their best to keep the trail open, you safe, and get the project done. The Trail Will Not Be Closed For Extended Periods in this area unless there are unforseen circumstances.

If you have questions regarding trail conditions please contact us. We will do our best to keep everyone informed.

Check our FaceBook page for up-to-date information.

If you see any problems that you feel needs attention please contact us as soon as possible—we need your help!

In Howard City Area, Montcalm County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced that construction of the Rice and Tamarack Creek bridges on the White Pine Trail in Howard City will begin Monday Aug. 8.

The White Pine Trail is actively utilized by non-motorized users throughout the year and snowmobile users in the winter months. Bridge construction will include abutment replacement and pier removal, as well as the placement of a 60-foot-prefabricated bridge over Rice Creek and a 84-foot-prefabricated bridge over Tamarack Creek.

The White Pine Trail has been temporarily re-routed to Federal Road bypassing both bridges. The detour is posted. Construction is anticipated to be completed in November.

Questions about the trail closure may be directed to Scott Slavin, DNR unit supervisor of White Pine Trail State Park, at 231-775-7911 or slavins@michigan.gov

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Police seek suspects in break-in


N-Rustic-sports-suspectsThe Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on two suspects who broke into Rustic Sports, in Howard City, in the wee hours of the morning on January 30.

At approximately 2:52 a.m. deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at Rustic Enterprises, 519 South Ensley, Howard City. Upon arrival, it was determined that the business had been broken into.

The investigation revealed that the business, also known as Rustic Sports, was broken into by two individuals. The individuals were captured on surveillance cameras and appeared to be clothed to help conceal their identities. They appeared to be wearing hoods and had their faces covered. At one point, one of the individuals appeared to be wearing a backpack and carrying a bolt cutter. The other individual was also carrying a crow bar. An inventory is still being conducted regarding the stolen property.

A portion of the surveillance camera footage has been posted to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and you can see it at https://www.facebook.com/MontcalmCountySheriffsOffice/.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590 or the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 989-831-7593.

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CROP Walk in Howard City


 

Plans are under way for this year’s CROP Walk against hunger in Howard City.  The walk has become an annual event each fall in the Panhandle section of Montcalm County. The purpose of the walk is to raise money to help feed the hungry CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative ministry of over 35 denominations across the country working together to erase poverty.

This year’s Crop Walk is slated for Sunday, October 12 at 1:30. The walk will start at Ensley Park in Howard City and will go for approximately 4.5 miles before ending back at the park. And if the prospect of walking over 4 miles is not all that enticing, walkers are not required to go the whole distance, but can do whatever portion they are comfortable with. Refreshments will be served to all participants at the end of the walk.

The CROP Walk itself is an over 65-year-old tradition that has raised millions of dollars. Each year walks are held in communities all over the country. Not only is money raised, but volunteers endeavor to raise public awareness of the problems of world hunger. The motto “We walk because they walk “ sums up the spirit of volunteers as they strive to make a difference.

One very important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 25 percent of all money raised stays in the local community. In our area this is the Helping Hands food pantry in Howard City. The rest of the money goes to Church World Services  to help fund their many programs both in the US and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum, ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in S. America, to to building schools in Asia.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a person or group looking to make a difference. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact Heritage United Methodist Church at 231-937-4310.

 

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Teen driver injured in crash


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A Howard City teenager was reported to be in critical condition after an accident Friday, September 19.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 5:37 p.m. They reported that a 16 year-old female from Howard City was driving west on Washburn Street just East of Sycamore Street in her 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, when she entered the dirt section of Washburn and attempted to fish tail her truck and lost control.

The vehicle ran off the north edge of the roadway and, upon re-entering the roadway, rolled over 1-1/4 times. The driver was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Campus by Aero Med and was reported to be in critical condition.

The two passengers in her vehicle—a 16-year-old girl from Pierson and a 16-year-old girl from Howard City—were transported to the hospital by private vehicle. Both were treated and released.

They were all wearing seatbelts. Police said neither alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Police arrest driver in hit and run


A 27-year-old Howard City man has been arrested for a hit and run accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 29 in Howard City.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Walnut Street, near Cedar Street. A 2007 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Walnut Street and preparing to turn into a private drive, when it was struck from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer then left the scene. Witnesses and occupants of the Ranger were able to provide deputies with a description of the driver and the vehicle’s registration plate.

One occupant of the Ford Ranger, a 20-year-old Jenison woman, was treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services at the scene for injuries to her head and neck. She declined to be transported to a hospital. A 37-year-old Kentwood woman, a 23-year-old Jenison man, and a 1-year-old child, also from Jenison, were uninjured in the crash.

A witness to the crash had followed the Explorer to a residence a short distance from the scene and provided the location to deputies. A 27-year-old Howard City man was then lodged at the Montcalm County Jail for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Driving while License Suspended.

Alcohol use was not involved in the crash and all occupants of the vehicles involved were wearing their seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation.

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Howard City Police merges with Montcalm Sheriff’s Office


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Howard City Police Officers are now Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies. Pictured left to right: Former Chief Steve Dewitt; Officers Trent Moeggenberg and Brandon Allen

 

The Village of Howard City and the County of Montcalm recently approved an agreement that would merge the Howard City Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This means that the three full time police officers serving Howard City—Former Chief Steve Dewitt, and Officers Trent Moeggenberg and Brandon Allen—became Sheriff Employees March 1, 2014. The agreement also provides for the transfer of two patrol vehicles to the Sheriff’s Office along with some additional police and office equipment.

“This agreement is an excellent example of Government agencies working together to provide the best and most economical way to provide services to the citizens in their community,” Sheriff William Barnwell stated. “All three of the officers are very qualified and have done an excellent job with the Howard City Police Department. I am confident they will continue to do so as they assume their new role as Sheriff Deputies.”

“This agreement will enhance our existing Police activities,” said S. Michael Scott, Howard City Village President. “We have had an excellent Police Department for decades. However, with changes in requirements and administration, it has become increasingly difficult to have our officers on the road as many hours as we would like. This agreement, with the administrative resources that the Sheriff’s Office provides, will allow more proactive Policing. It is always difficult to change but we feel that it is the right time and the change will not only benefit both the citizens of the Village and Township but also the Sheriff’s Department,” said Scott.

The existing police agreement between the Village of Howard City and Reynolds Township for 20 hours of police protection per week will now be handled by the Sheriff’s Office. This means that Howard City will pay the Sheriff’s Office for 5,000 hours of police hours per year and the Township will pay for 1,000 hours for a total of 6,000 patrol hours or three full time Deputies per year.

The Village will pay the county $511,170 over the course of nearly three years. The contract will expire on December 31, 2016, at which time the village may either continue to contract for services or reestablish their own department.  Reynolds Township will pay the county $29,820 through the end of 2014. However, the Township may choose to extend the contract for additional years at the end of their contract.

Citizens in Howard City and Reynolds Township should call 911 for all emergencies. For non-emergency calls or to contact a Sheriff Deputy please call Montcalm County Central Dispatch at 989-831-3500 or the Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590.

 

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Two die in Howard City crash


This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

A crash between a motorcycle and a minivan on Sunday evening has resulted in the deaths of both drivers.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Tony Magoon, 46, of Morley, was traveling southbound on his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on Ensley Street in Howard City, at a high rate of speed on Sunday, October 13, at about 7:04 p.m., when witnesses say he ran a red light at W. Shaw Street and struck the side of an eastbound van. The van then rolled over onto its rooftop in the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, William MacTavish. 84, of Howard City, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed, with life-threatening injuries. He died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon.

A passenger in the van, Betty MacTavish, wife of William, also in her 80s, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Assisting at the scene was the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, and the Howard City Fire Department.

 

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Police seek suspects in cemetery thefts


_N-Cemetery-theftsSomeone is stealing from gravesites in Reynolds Township Cemetery in Howard City, and the police are asking for help from residents to nab the culprits.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, a family grave plot in the cemetery on Almy Road, in Montcalm County, has been the site of repeated theft. About two weeks ago, the victim reported that someone had stolen two large Rose of Sharon bushes from the family plot. They were well-established rose bushes, about 3.5 to 4-feet tall. The victim replaced these bushes last Sunday with new young rose bushes. It was discovered Wednesday that these were stolen also. Due to footprints in the wet grass, it is believed this happened possibly overnight or early this morning.

“We are asking for your help with this very disrespectful crime,” said Chief DeWitt. “Someone will notice a family member or neighbor planting new rose bushes.”

Another ongoing theft at the cemetery involves War Veteran medallions/flag holders. The Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Howard City reported to police t hat since Memorial Day, someone has stolen 19 large brass flag holders from Veteran’s gravesites. Police believe the medallions were stolen for scrap value.

If you have any information on either of these thefts, please call the Howard City Police at 231-937-4311.

 

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