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The Belrockton served as one of the three voting precincts in Belding for Tuesday’s primary election. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Ionia County defeats millage that would have put $18.6 million toward roads

The roads in Ionia County are among the worst in the state. On Tuesday, residents voted by a narrow margin — just 56 votes — to let the matter lie for now.

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ELECTION PREVIEW: 6 townships, 1 school district seek millages

Six area townships and one school district will have millage proposals on Tuesday’s ballot. Most are renewals of previously passed millages intended to fund police and/or fire services for the townships.

White Pine Library Director Patty Rockafellow addresses a group of children Wednesday at the library’s end of summer party. Rockafellow recently accepted the library director position after retiring from teaching 30 years. — Courtesy photo

New director settling in at Stanton’s White Pine Library

The headline could read “Hometown girl makes good,” but Patty Rockafellow, who recently took over the director’s position at White Pine Library, has been making good things happen in the Stanton area for most of her adult life.

Central Montcalm band director Matt Reed shows the back of the new Central Montcalm marching band uniform, which will debut during the Grand Parade at Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days on Aug. 9. The Central Montcalm band has also started a Kickstarter fundraising that allows anyone in the world to donate funds to help purchase the new uniforms. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Central Montcalm band director spearheads effort to help marching band shine

When football fans attend Central Montcalm High School games in the autumn of 2015, they’ll have one more thing to be proud of, assuming an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of new marching band uniforms goes as band director Matt Reed hopes it will.

Members of the Stanton City Commission continue their search for a new city manager to replace former manager James Freed, who left for another job in Port Huron last month. When hired, the new manager will provide services to both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Search continues for Stanton/Lakeview manager

Several candidates have come forward seeking the city manager’s position recently vacated by James Freed, who left last month to accept a manager’s position in Port Huron.

Clifford and Christina Wright feeling like home at Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living feels like ‘home’

If you build it, they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the film “Field of Dreams,” and by all appearances it’s working for the management of Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. The recently completed facility officially opened its doors to new residents Wednesday.

Former Stanton resident Gregory Patten, left, talks with a fellow DNR officer at an awards ceremony held in June in Lansing. Patten was named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year. Each year the organization recognizes the service of natural resources officials in the United States and Canada. — Courtesy photo

Former Stanton man named DNR Officer of the Year

Growing up in Stanton and attending Central Montcalm High School, it was only natural Gregory Patten would develop an affinity for the outdoor life. The bucolic acres of corn and potatoes, the fallow fields, rivers and streams, they all spoke to Patten’s love of nature.

So perhaps it’s only natural that, well over three decades later, he should be named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year.

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Greenville birthday party to benefit battered women

If you see enough bad over the course of a few years, you really begin to appreciate the good things in life: a loving family, healthy children, emotional stability.
This Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Transitions Counseling Services in Greenville, outpatient therapist Sue Ellen Pabst — who has heard more than her share of domestic violence horror stories — plans to celebrate all the good things in her own life with a public birthday party … a really big birthday party, to which the entire community is invited.

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‘Quiet month’ for Sheridan Village Council

It was a light agenda for members of the Sheridan Village Council at their meeting Tuesday evening. With both Village Superintendent Doug Lane and Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman absent, council members dealt only with a few housekeeping items.

Monty and Bella, an osprey pair, build this nest atop a platform constructed especially for that purpose at Montabella High School. In previous years, the birds had continually attempted to build a nest on one of the school’s lighting poles. (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Ospreys ‘Monty’ and ‘Bella’ find a home at Montabella High School

You can’t fight nature. Well, you can, but sometimes it makes more sense not to.
That’s the message Montabella Community Schools Secretary/Bookkeeper Patti Hicks has been spreading for the past few years, ever since Monty and Bella laid claim to a small but lofty section of Montabella High School’s football field.