Mike Taylor

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, left, and City Manager James Freed discuss the city’s newly-adopted capital improvement plan.

Stanton balances, approves 2014-2015 budget

Taxes won’t be going up anytime soon in this city. At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the Stanton City Commission approved a 2014-2015 budget that not only balances, but won’t be adding any tax burden to city residents.

Superintendent Kyle Hamlin

Lakeview technology program puts iPads into the hands of students

According to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, the decision to go with iPads and Chromebooks, rather than less expensive Android tablets, was based on security. The most recent crop of Android tablets, apparently, lack the filtering capacity required for use in a public school system.

Mary Parr, left, and Deb Codling, of Messages & More were on hand at Saturday’s Spring Fling at the American Legion Post 101. The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers to raise funds for Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, an organization with a mission to send area veterans on trips to see war memorials erected in their honor.

Greenville’s Spring Fling supports veteran visits to museum

Residents had a chance to do some fun shopping Saturday while at the same time lending support to a couple worthwhile causes. Sponsored by the local Blue Star Mothers chapter, the sold-out event was held at American Legion Post 101 in Greenville.

After 14 years without a major remodeling project, John Leppink, owner of Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, thought it was about time. The store’s renovation brings an entirely new look to the market.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Leppink’s store gets new interior makeover

Shoppers who haven’t been to the Leppink’s store in a while may not recognize the place on their next visit. For the past several weeks, the venerable grocery — which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary — has been undergoing a complete makeover.

A total of 324 runners participated in last year’s Yellow Jacket Challenge. This year’s run is slated for April 27 in Greenville. — File photo

Yellow Jacket Challenge to be even bigger and better this year

Only 174 runners took part in the first Yellow Jacket Challenge, held in 2008. Last year’s event saw 324 runners — 158 women and 166 men — with the youngest runner being only 7 and the oldest 71.

Members of the Sheridan Village Council consider a resident’s request for reduced water rates at commercial properties. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Limited use of water meters addressed at Sheridan meeting

The idea of installing water meters at an apartment complex was again at the forefront of business for the Sheridan Village Council on Tuesday. Sheridan chiropractor and landlord Douglas Willemin has been trying for several months to convince the council to approve the installation of meters — at the village’s expense — at one or more of the apartment buildings he owns in town. His current water rates, he contends, are far greater than the actual usage at his properties.

Leader Dog for the Blind representative Tammy Bartz explains to the Vestaburg Lions Club how the Rochester program works. Bartz spoke Monday evening at the club’s regular meeting. — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Some leader dogs begin their training in prisons

A good dog can change a life. A great dog can change the lives of many. The business of the Leader Dogs for the Blind program is to create good dogs and place them where they will do the most good.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

Mike Kamps, owner of H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, fills up one of his business vehicles with natural gas. His plumbing business is the only privately owned business in the state that operates its vehicles on natural gas, according to him. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: H&H Plumbing owner is proponent of natural gas use for vehicles

When one of Mike Kamps’ vehicles leave the lot of his business, H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, they’re leaving behind a lot less than most trucks, vans or cars; less fumes, less expense, less wear and tear on the vehicles themselves.

Four large bays have been added to a former church gymnasium, soon to reopen as Belvidere Township’s new firehouse. Concrete approaches will soon be added and firefighters should be able to relocate to the facility by early June. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belvidere Township to benefit from newly constructed fire building

Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.