Cory Smith

Pictured is one of several airplanes at Lakeview Griffith Field Airport that was lifted into the air, carried and crashed to the ground as a result of Saturday afternoon’s storm. — Courtesy photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Weekend storm brings heavy damage to Lakeview area

A Saturday afternoon storm that left many residents in Montcalm County without power did the majority of its damage in the community of Lakeview. According to Lakeview Village Manager James Freed, the damage he surveyed this morning in the community is beyond anything he has witnessed before.

Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines speaks on the topic of consolidating Crystal Township’s 18 drains into one at Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting.

Plans considered to consolidate drains in Crystal

This township is one of a kind, at least when it comes to water drains. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines asked board members to assist her with her request to simplify the township’s excessive drain system.

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Belding manager’s evaluation coming Tuesday

Regular city business of the Belding City Council will occur Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding, but the topic likely to attract the attention of the public is the evaluation of City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Belding High School freshman Dominic Francisco, 15, uses his iPad to scan a QR code square Wednesday afternoon at the Alvah N. Belding Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students make use of iPads in library quest

For visitors of the Alvah N. Belding Library on Wednesday, Dominic Francisco was a curious sight to behold. The Belding High School freshman wandered up and down the building’s many corridors, filled with books from end to end, searching diligently from A to Z.

Montcalm Community College industrial technology instructor Charles Clise, far left, demonstrated how the new “Baxter” robot purchased by the college can be used by students in front of the Board of Trustees Tuesday evening at the Bill Braman Family Center for Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

VIDEO: Robot aims to enhance MCC advanced manufacturing training

A new robot at Montcalm Community College (MCC) appears to be bringing (artificial) life to the college’s manufacturing curriculum. Meet “Baxter,” the newest addition to college’s Greenville campus.

Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

Carson City-Crystal graduate and current film student Alexie Schneider was diagnosed with stage 4 fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, while recovering in a hospital after a car accident in 2013.  — Courtesy photo

Car crash leads to diagnosis of rare cancer for CC-C graduate

Two days before her 20th birthday, everything in Alexie Schneider’s world came to a shocking halt.

It was on a September evening last year when the Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was driving on I-69 during a return trip from Flint to her apartment in Grand Rapids. She was set to begin her first day of classes for her sophomore year at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas checks levels related to the city’s water system. Thomas was selected as the 2014 Michigan Rural Water Association “Man of the Year.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding DPW director named Rural Water Association Man of the Year

Ernie Thomas has always been one to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s patching a pothole on a hot summer evening or driving a snowplow in the early hours of a winter morning, his personal engine is always running with a goal to finish the job. A lifelong Belding resident, he’s worked for the Belding Department of Public Works (DPW) for 39 years, having started in August of 1974, and has served as the department director since April of 1996.

After the recent credit card hack at Carson Village Market in Bloomer Township, people took notes to help prevent themselves of future attacks on their identity during Wednesday evening’s identity theft seminar at Carson City Public Library.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Seminar informs local residents on dangers of identity theft

A lost wallet, a false credit card purchase or a fraudulent bank transaction. The list of examples of identity theft is long and serious, and the consequences of it can be devastating if the right steps aren’t taken to be protected. That’s why Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, chose to host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at Carson City Public Library to inform residents of the dangers of identity theft.

Belding resident Katherine Henry voices her displeasure of City Manager Meg Mullendore’s handling of Freedom of Information Act legislation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding citizens again voice displeasure of city council, city manager

Serving as a continuation from the most recent Belding City Council meeting on March 18, residents again voiced their concerns and disappointment Tuesday evening with respect to members of the council and City Manager Meg Mullendore. The meeting followed a similar theme of two weeks ago, fueled by disgruntled citizens who again addressed their concerns during the meeting’s public comment period, which lasted nearly 35 minutes.