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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

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.

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‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

Trevor Rentschler, left, received a marching baritone, and Anthony Blazo a Sousaphone in the first purchase made with a gift from the Padden family to the Lakeview High School Band. — Courtesy photo

$15,000 donated to Lakeview High School band

A recent $100,000 donation from the Padden family to the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) is already paying dividends to the village.

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Village of Lakeview ‘sells’ the incorrect property

It was a simple mistake, but one that conceivably could have spelled trouble for this village, had it not been caught — literally — in the nick of time.

In January, the Lakeview Village Council voted to move forward with the sale of a property on Townline Lake that had previously been donated to the village by Wells Fargo. Proceeds from the sale were to have been used, potentially, for the purchase of new snow removal equipment.

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Feeding America food truck will be in Lakeview on Thursday

About 58 percent of students attending Lakeview Community Schools qualify for free and reduced lunches. That equates to a lot of local families that could, from time to time, use a little assistance.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, that assistance will arrive at the old elementary school gym, 124 Sixth St. in the form of a Feeding America food truck.

Lakeview High School class of 2005 graduate Jenny Ehle is spearheading a project designed to commemorate the lives of two of her former classmates. — Courtesy photo

Memorial to honor two Lakeview graduates

In grade school, Rachelle Stevens was a happy child, always laughing, always smiling. According to her childhood friend, Jenny Ehle, Rachelle had a great attitude and a penchant for making fast and true friends.

Rachelle also had a brain tumor, one that in high school several years later, would claim her life.

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.

A propane incident caused the east side of this Six Lakes-area house to explode this afternoon. No one was injured. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

JUST IN: Six Lakes house explodes in propane incident, no one injured

Part of a Six Lakes-area house exploded in a propane-related incident this afternoon. The Belvidere Township Fire Department responded to 5662 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) around 3 p.m.