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Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and City Manager Jake Eckholm discussed several possible municipal improvement ideas with commissioners at Tuesday’s regular City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton City Commission turns to downtown improvements

New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.

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Former Montcalm County sheriff dies in Florida

A former Montcalm County sheriff, a man who dedicated most of his adult life to law enforcement, died Aug. 29 in Sun City Center, Fla. Thomas Hebert was 83 years old.

Cindi Proctor, left, and her mother-in-law, Marsha Proctor, handle the store operations at Dave’s Carpet in Greenville while Cindi’s husband, Dave, tackles the installation chores. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Floor covering with a family touch

If shopping at Dave’s Carpet seems just a little more comfortable than it does most places, it might be because the store is run like a family, by a family. Greenville’s newest outlet for a wide variety of floor coverings, Dave’s opened in June at 6505 S. Greenville Road and has been growing steadily ever since.

A One Book One County discussion panel took place Thursday evening at the Ash Technology Learning Center in Greenville. Panelists examined the philosophical, moral and theological issues surrounding end of life decisions. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

A matter of life and death

As topics go, they don’t get much heavier than those discussed Thursday evening at the Ash Technology and Learning Center as part of this year’s One Book One County initiative.

This year’s featured book, “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes, deals with Will, a man confined to a wheelchair following an accident and his eventual decision to end his own life.

Volunteer and retired teacher Dan Eagles, left, helped share the philanthropy bug with Lincoln Heights students Layna Gunderson, center, and Carlie Peterman. The two girls recently held a fundraising campaign of their own devising for Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Philanthropy starts early for Lincoln Heights Elementary School students

Some fifth grade girls save up for new bead-making kits, the latest Harry Potter novel or maybe a new outfit for a favorite Barbie doll. But when Lincoln Heights Elementary School students Layna Gunderson and Carlie Peterman recently broke open their piggy banks, the money went to a more serious purpose.

Administrators for United Way Montcalm-Ionia had plenty of information available for those who stopped by a free barbecue Wednesday at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

United Way Ionia/Montcalm kicks off fundraising efforts with barbecue

The weather was uncooperative but spirits were high at a kickoff barbecue held Wednesday afternoon for organizers and volunteers of this year’s United Way fundraising effort in Montcalm and Ionia counties at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick.

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New Lakeview/Stanton manager hits the ground running

There’s more than enough work to keep the recently hired manager of Lakeview and Stanton busy for months and years to come.

That’s one reason why Jake Eckholm says he’s “hit the ground running” in his new position.

Impromptu concerts and jam sessions spring up everywhere throughout the weekend-long Wheatland Music Festival in Remus. (File photos)

Wheatland Music Organization more than just a festival

Mention the word “Wheatland” around these parts and the eyes of most roots music lovers will light up with fond memories of camping, concerts under the summer stars, and cool September evenings communing with friends both known and unknown.

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Old Fashioned Days hydrant shut-off riles up Stanton residents

Water, or rather the temporary lack of it during Old Fashioned Days, was the hot topic at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission. Members of the capacity crowd who turned out for the meeting were upset over the fact that a city hydrant had been shut down by police while it was being used to fill a portable swimming pool for the Ultimate Air Dogs event at the festival. The officer who ordered the hydrant closed cited a city ordinance prohibiting the use of hydrants for nonemergency use by the city.

Turnout was strong for Sunday’s auto and bike show at the Edmore Potato Festival.  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Potato Festival fields a busy schedule

The humble potato received the recognition it deserves this weekend. The Edmore Potato Festival featured dozens of small-town activities, musical performances, parades and other events.