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Lakeview High School class of 2005 graduate Jenny Ehle is spearheading a project designed to commemorate the lives of two of her former classmates. — Courtesy photo

Memorial to honor two Lakeview graduates

In grade school, Rachelle Stevens was a happy child, always laughing, always smiling. According to her childhood friend, Jenny Ehle, Rachelle had a great attitude and a penchant for making fast and true friends.

Rachelle also had a brain tumor, one that in high school several years later, would claim her life.

Longtime Greenville hairstylist Rusty Schlienz’s new book “Talking to the Mirror,” recounts many of the stories he’s heard from clients during his 54-year career. He will sign copies from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at L’Image Salon in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Former Greenville hairstylist to sign copies of new book

You hear a lot of stories in 54 of years of listening. Russell “Rusty” Schlienz will share some of those stories with the public when he signs his new book, “Talking to the Mirror,” at L’Image Salon at 328 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

Goodwill, which has a store in Greenville (pictured here),  Cedar Springs and Rockford, will be opening in Belding, as well. Goodwill Industries will be leasing the Mel Trotter Ministries building on E. State St. and plan to open the store in the fall. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Mel Trotter thrift store to become Goodwill

The opening of a new Goodwill store in Belding will have no affect on the company’s neighboring outlet in Greenville, according to Goodwill media liaison Jill Wallace. This fall, Goodwill Industries will begin leasing a building located at 363 E. State St. in Belding, which is owned by Mel Trotter Ministries.

One of the few times Jaxon opens up is when he’s in the company of animals. Here, he plays with the family dog, Coconut. — Courtesy photos

Service dog will make all the difference for fifth-grader

Jaxon’s not crazy. He’s mentally ill. It says so on his T-shirt. And he’s no more ashamed of that fact than you would be of a common cold, nor should he be.

Former Sheridan Village Council member Don Nassif was one of several residents to receive citations under a new blight ordinance that, technically, had not yet been officially adopted by the village council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Confusion reigns in Sheridan over new junk ordinance

Although it has been in the works for some time and has been reported in The Daily News, some village residents were still surprised to receive warning letters regarding blight ordinance violations.

The ordinance in question was officially adopted at Tuesday evening’s council meeting. However, citations went out to some residents as early as last month, before the ordinance was official.

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New radios will improve communications in Lakeview

Various departments within this village will soon be communicating more effectively, and over longer distances, thanks to several new radios to be added to the village’s communication arsenal.

Currently, communication between the village office, the Department of Public Works (DPW), fire and police departments is carried out in large part on privately owned cell phones and antiquated radio equipment.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, left, and council members voted Monday evening to approve the purchase of a blighted property on Pearl Street. The property will likely be torn down within 30 day as part of the village’s initiative to remove blight. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

First home on Lakeview blight list to come down

A derelict home will be the first of several properties to be repaired or removed as part of this village’s new blight eradication initiative. Located in the 900 block of Pearl Street, the house has been vacant for some time and is, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, “basically, just a tarpaper shack.”

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JUST IN: Sheridan residents’ opinions vary on junk ordinance

Village residents had their chance to sound off tonight regarding a new junk ordinance. While some were hopping mad, others praised council members for adopting it.

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JUST IN: Lakeview Village Council approves Silent Parade for Sept. 11

The Lakeview Village Council has approved the idea of a Silent Parade on Sept. 11 that would coincide with Lakeview High School’s annual Wounded Warriors football game.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, installed by August or September. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s new clock on the way

This city’s new downtown clock will be in position outside the Chemical Bank building on Main Street a month or two sooner than organizers anticipated, thanks to a fundraising campaign and community support that exceeded expectations.