Workers with Robbert Construction of Lakeview used this hefty rock to help demolish — and later remove — more than 20,000 tons of concrete from the former pickle station property on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. The property is now being looked at for an industrial development. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Industrial investor looking to do business on shores of Tamarack Lake

The former home of America’s largest pickle salting station is poised for a new future in industry. An official announcement could be made as soon as this month about a new industry — and new jobs — coming to almost 9 acres of property formerly home to a lumber and sawmill outfit and later a pickle facility on the shores of Tamarack Lake, confirmed Lakeview Village Manager Jacob Eckholm.

A spacious, traffic-free courtyard now stands alongside Lakeview Middle School in the former location of a one-way street, making loading and unloading of school buses far safer. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Community Schools’ $12.5 million bond project wrapping up

Two years of planning and hard work are soon to come to fruition for Lakeview Community Schools.

The renovation and construction project there — the result of the 2013 passage of a $12.5 million bond — has resulted in needed improvements to virtually every area of the elementary, middle and high schools.

An enthusiastic group of friends participate in a dance together in the dance hall Friday night at the 42nd annual Wheatland Music Festival near Remus. The three-day festival boasted a sell-out audience of 10,000-plus.  — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

PHOTO GALLERY: Wheatland Music Festival enjoys sell-out weekend

The Wheatland Music Festival always draws a crowd, and this year it was a sellout one.

The 42nd annual festival took place Friday through Sunday near Remus, boasting an audience of more than 10,000 people.

The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters shake the rafters of the Wheatland main stage to help wrap up the annual three-day festival. Several name acts have been booked for Sunday, Sept. 13, this year in an effort to entice Sunday-only ticket sales. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Festival offers Sunday spectacular

Organizers of the annual Wheatland Music Festival are hoping to attract a few more Sunday-only music lovers at this year’s event, slated for Sept. 11-13. The festival, which has steadily grown in popularity and attendance in the 42 years it has been in existence typically sells out early, particularly for those purchasing three-day camping reservations.

Lakeview’s new Pocket Park as it looks today. Some cosmetic work remains to be done on the exterior walls of the building bracketing the park. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Village project is the latest step in putting the ‘lake’ in Lakeview

For decades, the village of Lakeview’s name has been something of a misnomer. There’s a lake there, sure, but — except for the handful of residents who actually live on Tamarack’s shores — it has gone mostly unseen and unnoticed.

Belvidere Township Fire Department firefighters check a Six Lakes house after a propane explosion caused significant damage to the structure. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Propane line ruptures at Six Lakes home, no one hurt

What started out as a normal afternoon for the Dolson family turned into a shocker. Quite literally. Just around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Todd Dolson was upstairs in his Six Lakes home when he heard a loud bang and felt his whole house literally move under his feet.

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‘Hell of a job’ saving Six Lakes saloon, cause of hotel fire unknown

Four fire departments used an estimated 200,000 gallons of water from First Lake and the Flat River to extinguish a fire in downtown Six Lakes on Monday.

Belvidere Township Fire Chief Rick Rockafellow said the call came in just before 2:30 p.m. about a fire at the 120-year-old former hotel next to the Flat River Saloon.


PHOTO GALLERY: Flat River Saloon saved from fire, old hotel destroyed

Montcalm County firefighters rushed to help one of their own amid a devastating fire on a sweltering hot Monday afternoon in downtown Six Lakes.

Firefighters from Belvidere Township, Day Township, Home Township and Lakeview responded to a fire at the old hotel next door to the Flat River Saloon around 2:30 p.m. as temps flirted with 90 degrees.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, left, and council members voted Monday evening to approve the purchase of a blighted property on Pearl Street. The property will likely be torn down within 30 day as part of the village’s initiative to remove blight. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

First home on Lakeview blight list to come down

A derelict home will be the first of several properties to be repaired or removed as part of this village’s new blight eradication initiative. Located in the 900 block of Pearl Street, the house has been vacant for some time and is, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, “basically, just a tarpaper shack.”

A hunting lodge located at 10720 W. Stanton Road east of Trufant was destroyed by fire early Thursday. No one was injured. Officials have ruled the cause of the fire suspicious after it was determined that several items belonging to the property owner were discovered missing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pine Township hunting lodge is destroyed by fire, ruled suspicious

An early morning fire that destroyed a hunting lodge Thursday is being ruled suspicious after several items were reported missing by the property owner. Firefighters from the Lakeview District Fire Department were dispatched to 10720 W. Stanton Road at approximately 4:52 a.m. to the structure fire, about three miles east of Trufant, with automatic aid provided by the Maple Valley Fire Department.