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Lakeview schools could get new surveillance cameras

It may seem like a page out of Orwell’s “1984,” but the truth is new surveillance equipment being considered at Lakeview Community Schools is all about student safety.

The high school’s current video surveillance system is dated and not particularly effective in identifying suspects or vehicles, according to Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood. This has proven problematic in the past when it comes to acts of vandalism and other crimes on school property.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.

Jacob Eckholm

Stanton in need of new plan for DNR dollars

Sometimes, good things come to those who wait. This can be a hopeful philosophy, particularly when the party doing the waiting has no choice. Such is the case for the city of Stanton.

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JUST IN: Stanton DDA resolution approved

STANTON — A Downtown Development Authority in Stanton came one step closer to fruition Tuesday evening when the City Commission discussed recommendations regarding the DDA’s proposed boundaries. City Manager Jake Eckholm presented commissioners with a resolution of intent to create the authority, specifying “All properties abutting the State Highway M-66 within the city limits … [...]

It may not look like much now, but if a deal currently underway between the city of Stanton and PromoQuip goes through as planned, this vacant lot, located at 1126 East Main St., could be home to a new light industrial facility within one year. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New light industrial facility may be coming to Stanton

This city may soon see an influx of light industrial expansion, assuming a deal between Stanton and a company currently located in Cedar Springs goes through as expected. PromoQuip, which builds and markets promotional equipment — like “money blowing booths,” Plinko games and prize wheels — is in negotiations with the city for a piece of property located at 1126 East Main St. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm and PromoQuip owner David Sanderson, the purchase is close to being a “done deal.”

T-Shirts bearing Bailey Lance’s image are being sold at Carson City-Crystal High School to raise funds to help the family with funeral and medical expenses. (Courtesy photos)

Fundraisers held for Lance’s family

Friends of and family of Carson City-Crystal High School student Bailey Lance, who died recently from injuries sustained in a one-car accident, are doing their part to make sure his memory is not forgotten and to help Bailey’s family with medical and funeral expenses.

Jason Chrisman, owner of A Beautiful U beauty salon in Belding, recently opened another business in the Covered Village Mall, a tanning bed salon called Skin City Luxury Tanning. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New Belding tanning salon a ‘community effort’

Sometimes, one man’s dream can become a vision that inspires an entire community. So it was when Jason Chrisman decided to open a tanning salon at the Covered Village Mall in Belding.

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Lakeview water system is in decent condition

Although this village’s water system complies with state codes, there is room for improvement, particularly in outlying areas. This according to a recent study commissioned by the village by Rowe Professional Services.

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Stanton clock project draws strong community support

Funds are coming in even faster than anticipated for a planned new downtown clock. The project’s logistics also are on track and planners are confident the clock will be installed according to schedule, sometime this fall or possibly sooner.

Central Montcalm Middle School math teacher Jennifer Thrush expresses her less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward kissing a pig. The entire middle school math department puckered up to reward students for a recent big win the North American Challenge, an online mathematics contest. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm Middle School math teachers pucker up for pig

Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.