Mike Taylor

Bryan Guernsey says his time at Lakeview High School has been “like a big family.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Troubled past turns into promising future for Lakeview High School senior

Bryan Guernsey’s life to date has been one rife with hard knocks.

The journey from his birth — to a 15-year-old drug-using mother 17 years ago — to his graduation from Lakeview High School, has not been easy. But you’d be hard pressed to find a young man with a better attitude or stronger work ethic.

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Freed’s last meeting in Stanton a lively one

This city’s manager went out with a bang, not a whimper, at his last meeting of the Stanton City Commission on Tuesday evening. James Freed will soon be leaving for a new position as city manager of his former hometown of Port Huron.

57 Brew Pub & Bistro Chef Michael Santo, left, and General Manager Sherry Aellen are ready to bring the business’ classic cuisine to the alfresco crowd beginning next weekend. The first summer concert features Those Delta Rhythm Kings, a Lansing-based band known for its blues and big band-style music, on Saturday. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: 57 Brew Pub & Bistro to offer outdoor music

Folks who complain there’s nothing fun to do on weekends in Greenville are going to have to find something else to gripe about beginning at precisely 7 p.m. May 31. That’s when 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, 1310 West Washington St., debuts its new outdoor live music and dining venue.

Tri County High School graduated 133 seniors during Thursday evening’s commencement exercises. Here, seniors wait for their turn to cross the stage and receive diplomas. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

133 Tri County High School grads advised to ‘shoot high’

One-hundred-thirty-three Tri County seniors said their goodbyes to the school that for the last four years has been their home away from home. Some were glad to be leaving, others mourned the passing of friendships that have endured since grade school.

Seiter Center students Chris Munner, 15, left, Jason Coggins, 14, center, and Ayden Hayes create homemade cards Tuesday to include in each of the backpacks to be presented to the Montcalm County Department of Human Services later this month. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Seiter Center students provide comfort for displaced kids

Imagine a knock on your door late one evening. You’re not expecting company. Men in uniform enter your home, along with official looking people in severe suits holding clipboards and asking questions you don’t really understand. You’re taken away by strangers, separated from your family. You don’t really know what’s going on, but people are yelling, crying, angry.

Tri County High School graduating senior Codey Minard hopes to one day land his dream job of being the first wheelchair-bound minor league baseball team manager. His advice to fellow students: keep trying. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior hopes to be first wheelchair bound baseball manager

Codey Minard was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The boy who had loved nothing more than playing sports, particularly baseball, suddenly had to come to terms with the fact he would be spending his life in a wheelchair.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.

Frank Modgis

Sheridan’s Carnation building targeted for razing

This village has moved one step closer to seeing the last of the Carnation building on the south end of town.

Since the building has stood derelict for years, thus members of the Sheridan Village Council have been working toward its demolition and cleanup.
The process has been long and labyrinthine, due in large part to the numerous studies required by the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure the safety and long-term viability of the property.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen, left, received congratulations from Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Associate Director Colin Ripmaster at Monday night’s Lakeview school board meeting. Jensen recently won the MASSP’s Principal of the Year Award for Michigan.

Principal of the Year Gary Jensen honored by Lakeview school board

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen took center stage at Monday evening’s meeting of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education.

Kayla and Brandon Steele with their two daughters, Mara, left, and Novalee. Both girls were born on May 4, their father’s birthday. — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Father, two daughters share May 4 birthday

If they ever have another child, Kayla and Brandon Steele are hoping he or she will be born on any day other than May 4. Three birthdays to celebrate on that day is plenty and at this point, spreading them out a little sounds like a good idea to both young parents.