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Members of the Stanton City Commission discussed plans Tuesday which are moving forward for a new recreational park near Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Planning continues for Stanton recreational park

For the next 50 years, this city will lease property from Central Montcalm Public School at the rate of $1 per year. That agreement, currently being finalized between the two entities, moves plans for a recreational park one small step closer to fruition.

Trooper Keith Disselkoen, community service liaison with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post explains the dangers of “sexting” Monday evening at a gathering at Greenville Middle School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Michigan State Police trooper discusses dangers of sexting

People need to think twice before sending a revealing photo via text. Sexting — sending erotic selfie photos via text messaging — can result in a 20-year prison sentence.

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Members of the Greenville City Council review plans for road work slated for this spring on Oak and Baldwin streets. At Tuesday’s meeting, council members approved an MDOT contract for the work. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Greenville council approves tax abatements for two businesses

Ways to bring new jobs to the city was the focus of Tuesday’s meeting of the Greenville City Council.
Council members voted to approve tax abatements to two city businesses in hopes of increasing local employment.

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Edmore Village Council considering 3 village manager finalists

Members of the Edmore Village Council took a close look at three candidates currently being considered for the vacant village manager’s post.

Lena Rader Meijer, left, receives this year’s Quality of Life Award from last year’s recipient, longtime Lakeview resident Jim Wood. (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Community Fund dinner highlights Lakeview’s progress

Lakeview is on the move. That was the theme of this year’s Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) dinner Thursday evening at Lakeview High School.

Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm shows a scale model of a downtown clock he would like to see placed on Main Street sometime in the coming year. The clock is just one project the city is considering at this time. Others include an electronic sign and the re-establishment of the Downtown Development Authority. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton moves forward with DDA plans

This city’s plans for the establishment of a new Downtown Development Authority came one step closer to reality at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen helped present the idea of a “social success coach” to Board of Education members at Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview schools talk ‘success coach’

Administrators at Lakeview Community Schools are making a concerted effort to help the system’s “at risk” students succeed, both academically and socially. Few avenues are being ignored when it comes to advancing the academic standing of the elementary, middle and high schools. In past years, the school has attempted to serve at risk students by hiring new teaching staff. This practice, according to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, has not been entirely successful. The problem, he says, is that new teachers wind up dealing with all the same social problems as the old — poor attendance, lack of parental involvement, disruptive behavior.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

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Glow Run returning to Belding on Oct. 10

Next Friday, runners and walkers will light up the night while providing desperately needed funding for cancer research.

The fourth annual Day to Believe and 5K Glow Run/Walk, sponsored by the B Foundation, is set for 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Rudness Field. The event will get underway immediately following the high school’s PINK game.

Michigan’s deer population in Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties are healthy and hunters should have good success this hunting season, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

WOODS and WATER: Deer hunting outlook is good for upcoming season

Michigan deer hunters across the state and region will have plenty to shoot at this season — this according to John Niewoonder of the Flat River State Game Area Field Office in Belding.