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JUST IN: Lakeview Council still unsure regarding snow removal

LAKEVIEW — Members of the Village Council remain undecided with regard to snow removal options for village residents. After several months of discussion and research, council members have yet to come up with a solid plan on how to keep sidewalk’s clean. Just as it seemed the council would vote to approve the purchase of [...]

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Stanton clock project nets $2,000 donation

The project that will put a new city clock in downtown Stanton next fall received a large boost this week when Sidney State Bank presented Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm with a $2,000 donation. On Thursday, bank president and CEO James B. Paris officially turned over the funds to Eckholm.

Together for more than six decades, Letty and Jack Scott died within days of each other. — Courtesy photo

Jack + Letty: Lakeview husband and wife die within a week of each other

For 65 years, Jack and Letty Scott did almost everything together. They raised a son, Dan. They raised the children of Letty’s sister, Betty, following her untimely death in 1974.

A house fire, which started early Wednesday afternoon, caused significant damage to this Belding Road home before being extinguished by firefighters. The homeowner was briefly trapped inside the structure, but managed to escape through an open window before firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Wednesday afternoon blaze damages Grattan area home

A house fire which started early Wednesday afternoon in Grattan Township was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Grattan Township Fire Department with the assistance of firefighters from Cannon Township and Belding. According to Grattan Township Fire Chief Kirk Bride, the cause of the fire at 12221 Belding Road is currently under investigation.

Farmers, business owners, educators and politicians met Friday at Montcalm Community College to hear about a cooperative agreement now underway between MCC and Michigan State University. Pictured here, MSU Director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology Randy Showerman, standing, addresses the gathering. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

MCC putting the focus on the farm

Area students considering a career in agriculture just got a serious leg up thanks to a cooperative agreement signed Friday between Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College (MCC). That agreement brings many new agriculture resources to MCC while at the same time streamlining the degree process and reducing overall tuition costs.

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Oakfield Township home destroyed in fire

A home in rural Cedar Springs was a total loss following a late Tuesday morning fire.

According to Oakfield Township Fire Chief Sam Peterson, the cause of the fire at 13006 Harvard Ave. was likely electrical.

The BEVRA-sponsored snowmobile race relocated to another site north of town for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview. However, motorcycles put the track on Tamarack Lake to good use throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Weather cooperates for Lakeview Winterfest

Organizers of this year’s Winterfest couldn’t have been happier with the weather Saturday. Like Goldilocks’ third try at pilfered porridge, it was not too hot and not too cold. The bevy of sleds turning out for the BEVRA Snowmobile Races and classic sled show had plenty of frozen liquid on which to race, but those taking part in the polar plunge were in no immediate danger of freezing solid upon exiting the water.

Bill Simpson Jr. took over Simpson Family Funeral Homes, the family business in Sheridan and Stanton, on Jan. 1. — File photo

BUSINESS BEAT: Torch passed at Simpson Family Funeral Homes

Bill Simpson Jr. is no stranger to hard work. Since middle school, he’s been putting in regular work days, at first just doing odd jobs; cleaning, yard work, washing cars. The difference between Simpson and most kids his age is this: he was doing these chores for his father’s business, Simpson Family Funeral Homes.

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Lakeview Middle School students hear why it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’

Life can be tough for kids in middle school. Stuck in that adolescent no-man’s land between childhood and the world of adults is often a confusing miasma of trying to fit in, trying to stand out and just trying to make it through another day of sixth grade. It’s all too easy for kids to make bad decisions. And often, when they do, they’re too emotionally inexperienced to find workable solutions to their problems.

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Lakeview on fence over snow removal

The possibility of a new snow removal ordinance continues to occupy the Lakeview Village Council. Council members voted Monday to approve the purchase of a new tractor and plow to allow the Department of Public Works (DPW) to keep sidewalks clear within village limits. However, they did not come to a decision as to whether that service will be provided, and if so, how it will be paid for.