News
The Amble Fire Department’s original 1948 International fire truck sits in a barn at Dale Ulrich’s farm in Winfield Township. The truck has 2,663 miles on it, along with original tires, hoses and wooden ladder. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Amble Fire Department has long had beneficial working relationships with neighboring fire departments. When the Amble Creamery caught fire on Oct. 19, 1942, due to a combustion in the boiler and tool room, the fire spread to the roof of the nearby town hall. Firefighters from Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Cedar Springs battled the stubborn blaze for two hours. Local volunteers carried water in milk cans by the truckload to help fight the fire.

JUST IN: Man charged with 4 felonies after double fatal in Six Lakes

Posted in: Local Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

A Grand Rapids-area man has been charged with four felonies for his role in causing an accident that killed a Grand Rapids couple last spring.

Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, Mich., is charged with two counts of operating under the influence causing death and two counts of reckless driving causing death. All four charges are felonies with maximum sentences of 15 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, July 18th, 2016

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

Lakeview students honor WWII veterans by creating ‘video card’

Posted in: Local Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with memorials to this country’s heroes, the men and women of the armed services who fought, and sometimes died, to protect our freedoms. Yet, too often those who served — particularly in World War II and Korea — never get to see these memorials in person. Time, circumstance and finances get in the way.

That’s why the Honor Flight Network was formed. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to honoring all American veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. where they may visit the various memorials there. The organization gives top priority to older veterans and those who may be terminally ill.

Sports
Lakeview’s Zach Hamlin, front, and an unidentified Newaygo player battle for the ball during the teams’ 7- on- 7 passing drills Tuesday night.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team got some more work in against a real opponent instead of their own teammates. The Wildcats had 7- on-7 passing drills with Newaygo Tuesday at the practice fields at Lakeview High School. In a 7- on- 7 passing drill, a team has only one offensive lineman — the center — [...]

Lakeview, Newaygo work on football

Posted in: Lakeview, Sports, Sports Top Story Monday, July 18th, 2016

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team got some more work in against a real opponent instead of their own teammates. The Wildcats had 7- on-7 passing drills with Newaygo Tuesday at the practice fields at Lakeview High School. In a 7- on- 7 passing drill, a team has only one offensive lineman — the center — [...]

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Lakeview falls to Montague in regionals

Posted in: High School, Lakeview, Sports, Sports Top Story Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s softball team came into the Division 3 regionals they hosted with high hopes. But the mistakes they made left them with a loss. The Wildcats lost in the regional semifinal to the Montague Wildcats 4-2 Saturday, ending Lakeview’s season. “Three of the four runs were unearned and it was too big of [...]

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  • Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

    But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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  • HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

    Monday, June 27th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider

    A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

    Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

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  • SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

    Friday, June 24th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

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  • Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

    Friday, June 24th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

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