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Feeding America food truck will be in Lakeview on Thursday

About 58 percent of students attending Lakeview Community Schools qualify for free and reduced lunches. That equates to a lot of local families that could, from time to time, use a little assistance.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, that assistance will arrive at the old elementary school gym, 124 Sixth St. in the form of a Feeding America food truck.

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JUST IN: Lakeview Schools accept $15,000 band donation

LAKEVIEW — If the high school band sounds just a little sweeter this coming fall, thank the Padden family and the $100,000 donation they made in July to the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF). The donation was made by the family in honor of Larry and Pearl Padden, following the death of Larry, the family’s [...]

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New policy in Belding favors local businesses

Should local businesses receive preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for city projects and purchases? That’s the question the Belding City Council was wrestling with at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Bruce Brown presented the council with a proposed ordinance that would lend, in most situations, favored status to city businesses.

The Belding City Council tabled a vote on a proposed ethics ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting as some council members were worried the ordinance as currently written is too vague. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding’s ethics ordinance goes back to drawing board

Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council adopts local preference policy

Belding City Council members debated extensively this evening the passage of a new ordinance that would have given preferential treatment to local companies bidding on city projects and purchases.

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.