Mike Taylor

Voters throughout Montcalm County took to the polls, such as the one at Montcalm Township Hall, to cast their votes on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commission on Aging funding approved

Voters across the county came out more than two to one in favor of continued funding for the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Tuesday’s election. The commission’s request for a continuation of the previously-approved .45 millage was overwhelmingly approved, with 3,659 “yes” votes to 1,636 “no” votes, or 69 percent to 30 percent.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen learned recently he has been named Principal of the Year for the state of Michigan. He has been instrumental in moving Lakeview High School from an at risk school to one of the best in the state. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s Gary Jensen earns statewide honor

Just a few short years ago, Lakeview Community Schools were in deep trouble. Academically, the situation had grown so bad that Lakeview High School made the state’s “dishonor roll,” being named as an “at risk” school. Test scores were low, morale was lower.

Students in Montcalm Community College’s class of 2014 took a minute to say thank you to those who helped them achieve their goals at Friday’s commencement at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Community College graduates told to ‘remember to say thank you’

This year’s class of graduates at Montcalm Community College were reminded of the importance of two things as they enter the job market: a firm handshake and a willingness to thank those who have helped get them where they are today.

Senior social gatherings and communal dinners are just two of the dozens of services provided by the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. (Courtesy photo)

Montcalm County Commission on Aging seeks millage renewal

Four years ago, the voters of Montcalm County showed their support for the efforts of the Commission on Aging by passing a .45 millage to help fund the program.

On Tuesday, the commission is hoping voters will vote to continue that funding at the same level.

Diana Junulis-Gay says a diagnoses of diabetes two years ago actually gave her a new lease on life and encouraged her to adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Greenville woman goes head-to-head with diabetes, and wins

What does it take to change a life? Landing a new job, winning the lottery, finding true love?
For Diana Junulis-Gay, it was 40 pounds. In her case, that 40 pounds not only changed her life, but undoubtedly has extended it considerably.

Stephanie and Jayson Nemeth opened Aunt Stephie’s Cafe in Ionia last October and pride themselves on offering meals made from scratch.  (The Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Aunt Stephie’s Cafe offers home-cooked goodness

Dining at Aunt Stephie’s Cafe is a lot like eating at your grandmother’s house; the “down home” food is all made from scratch, there’s plenty of it and you feel as if you’re surrounded by friends and family.

Kurt Schindler, senior educator on land use with Michigan State University Extension, explained details of the Right to Farm Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices Thursday evening in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Right to Farm Act topic of discussion in Stanton

The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.

Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, left, and City Manager James Freed discuss the city’s newly-adopted capital improvement plan.

Stanton balances, approves 2014-2015 budget

Taxes won’t be going up anytime soon in this city. At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the Stanton City Commission approved a 2014-2015 budget that not only balances, but won’t be adding any tax burden to city residents.

Superintendent Kyle Hamlin

Lakeview technology program puts iPads into the hands of students

According to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, the decision to go with iPads and Chromebooks, rather than less expensive Android tablets, was based on security. The most recent crop of Android tablets, apparently, lack the filtering capacity required for use in a public school system.

Mary Parr, left, and Deb Codling, of Messages & More were on hand at Saturday’s Spring Fling at the American Legion Post 101. The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers to raise funds for Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, an organization with a mission to send area veterans on trips to see war memorials erected in their honor.

Greenville’s Spring Fling supports veteran visits to museum

Residents had a chance to do some fun shopping Saturday while at the same time lending support to a couple worthwhile causes. Sponsored by the local Blue Star Mothers chapter, the sold-out event was held at American Legion Post 101 in Greenville.