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Area 4-H’ers stand with their animals to be judged during Saturday’s showmanship sweepstakes competition at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

After 14 years of dreaming, and five years of coming so close, it was on her last attempt of showing 4-H animals that Kristina Brasington’s dream finally came true. Having been awarded the showmanship champion for cavies this year, Brasington, 18, of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, was given the task, along with nine other 4-H’ers, of showing 10 total animals in an effort to be declared the 2014 sweepstakes champion.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

The northeast corner of a rural Lakeview sawmill smolders following a fire caused by a lightning strike early Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Amish community plans to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after lightning strike

The Five Corners sawmill isn’t a major operation by most standards. Nine men are employed there and they process an average of 4,000 to 5,000 feet of wood per day. Drivers deliver wood to the sawmill from numerous locations and more drivers deliver the processed wood about an hour north to McBain for pallet use.

An Amish sawmill on Kendaville Road was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning. Lightning is believed to be the cause. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

JUST IN: Lightning strike sparks fire that destroys Amish sawmill

An Amish community’s saw mill at the 6000 block of Kendaville Road was completely destroyed this morning by a fire believed to be ignited by a lightning strike.

Lakeview High School marching band makes their way down Lincoln Avenue on the parade route during Lakeview Summerfest. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Lakeview Summerfest filled with old favorites, new events (PHOTOS)

This year’s Summerfest in Lakeview, held Thursday through Sunday, offered a little something for everyone. This was the first year the annual event was planned under the auspices of the recently formed Lakeview Festivals Committee.

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to approve the layoffs of four teachers, as well as a reduction in hours of a fifth. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview schools lay off 4 teachers

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is laying off four teachers and reducing the hours of a fifth employee. The board at Monday’s meeting approved the layoffs of four full time teachers — middle school teacher Ron Patton and elementary teachers Kim Tompsett, Brenda Morgan and Ashley Reese — effective June 19. Also, Lakeview Elementary School teacher Kate Albert will have her hours reduced to half time.

The Lakeview High School class of 2014 stands to applaud their parents and other family members and friends in the audience. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview’s class of 2014: ‘You have been the best’ (Photo Gallery)

One of the most inspiring years in the history of Lakeview Community Schools was capped off Sunday afternoon with a jubilant commencement ceremony at Kos Field. Lakeview High School’s class of 2014 were just incoming freshmen in the summer of 2010 when the high school was named a persistently lowest achieving school by the Michigan Department of Education.

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.

An uprooted tree landed on the roof of a home on North Street in Lakeview, penetrating the roof and destroying an upstairs bedroom. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview residents recovering from aftermath of weekend storm

Without electricity and with trees power lines laying scattered across yards, roofs and streets, residents of Lakeview worked relentlessly Monday to recover from a powerful weekend storm that left destruction in its path.

Pictured is one of several airplanes at Lakeview Griffith Field Airport that was lifted into the air, carried and crashed to the ground as a result of Saturday afternoon’s storm. — Courtesy photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Weekend storm brings heavy damage to Lakeview area

A Saturday afternoon storm that left many residents in Montcalm County without power did the majority of its damage in the community of Lakeview. According to Lakeview Village Manager James Freed, the damage he surveyed this morning in the community is beyond anything he has witnessed before.