Mike Taylor


Stanton thinking big when it comes to civic improvements

If all goes as planned, the city of Stanton could find itself $700,000 closer to seeing a host of public amenities become reality. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners passed a resolution allowing City Manager Jake Eckholm to seek grant funding from two separate sources: The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program.


From chickens to robots, 4-H craft show raising funds for future projects

There’s a lot more to 4-H than raising and showing chickens and rabbits. In fact, there’s a whole world of 4-H fun and learning out there that bears little resemblance to the “public face” of the program with which most 4-H fair goers are familiar.

According to Sheridan Village Superintendent Doug Lane, a poorly marked center turn lane winds up getting used in ways never intended by MDOT in front of Sheridan Community Hospital at 301 North Main St. Village leaders fear a potential head-on crash scenario without proper markings in place.— Daily News/Cory Smith

New striping on M-66 could prevent accidents in Sheridan

A rash of complaints from village residents have prompted officials here to look at additional striping for portions of M-66.

According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, there are currently four problem areas, two of which if left unchecked could result in serious head-on collisions.

Motorcycles speed across the ice of Tamarack Lake during the 2015 Lakeview Winterfest. Ice bike races for this year’s festival are slated for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, but could be hampered by melted snow and unsafe ice. — File photo

Lakeview Winterfest planners hoping for snow Saturday

Organizers of this year’s Lakeview Winterfest are hoping predictions for an unseasonably warm weekend are wrong.

It’s hard to blame them, considering how many activities for Saturday’s festival are predicated on the notion there will be plenty of snow and ice, ice, ice.

If investments are handled professionally and with due consideration, even in tough times, assets may be pulled from some areas without upsetting an investor’s entire apple cart. (Courtesy graphic)

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Diversification is key to secure retirement

It’s heavy on the Scottish brogue, but the message of Robert Burns’ 1785 poem, “To a Mouse,” still rings true today. Writer-director Woody Allen couched this eternal truth in more modern vernacular when he quipped, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

The cost of residing at an assisted living facility has skyrocketed and those in the know say it’s likely to continue to climb in the future.  (Courtesy photo)

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Make your later years ‘golden’ by planning ahead

Gone are the days when two or even three generations of family lived beneath a single farmhouse roof. Today’s seniors — living longer than any previous generation — often find themselves on their own when it comes to locating housing and adequate long-term health care in their “golden years.”


Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce comes back

Numerous civic improvements and an influx of new businesses have altered the face of this village in recent months. So it’s not surprising the Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce — dormant for the past two years — is experiencing a resurgence as well.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, Supervisor Chris Johnston, center, and Clerk Bob Naumann listen to residents interested in the amount of usage the Crystal Community Center has been getting in recent months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Crystal residents query community center usage

Township residents are curious as to just how much use the Crystal Community Center is getting these days, as well as how much revenue it’s bringing in. Understandable, considering the township board has previously discussed the possibility of a bond to help pay for improvements and repairs there. That bond issue could appear on the ballot as soon as August.

Rick Chapla, left, of The Right Place, fielded questions and concerns Tuesday evening from members of the Sheridan Village Council. Council members were upset over problems with bids let out for demolition of the old Carnation building. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carnation building demo still on track despite bidding snafus

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves tractor purchase

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — At its regular Wednesday evening meeting, members of the Crystal Township Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new tractor for use by the township’s Sewer District.