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

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.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

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.

According to Lakeview Middle School teacher Dean Gilbert, students like Isabelle Dillon, left, were anxious to speak with WWII veterans during a recent trip to Lansing. (Courtesy photos)

Lakeview students honor WWII veterans by creating ‘video card’

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.

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

Amble’s final siren: Winfield Township dissolves fire department

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.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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?

From left to right, Mecosta-Osceola 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, HOPE Program Chief Probation Supervisor Cheryl Inouye, Hawaii Judge Steven Alm and Ionia-Montcalm 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ronald Schafer met Friday at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton to discuss Alm’s HOPE program. — Courtesy photo

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

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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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

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.

Former Lakeview High School principal Gary Jensen, at right, smiles June 5 as the graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2016 repeat a mantra he taught them years ago: “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.” — File photo

Former Lakeview High School principal appointed CEO of 4 Detroit schools

The words came to Gary Jensen in the middle of a difficult school assembly as he strived to capture the attention of distracted and struggling students. “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.”

Children enjoy riding horses at the 2015 Lakeview Summerfest. This year’s Summerfest starts today and continues through Saturday.  — File photo

‘Embracing the lake’ at Lakeview Summerfest

Tamarack Lake will be the star of the show at this weekend’s Lakeview Summerfest. The 330-acre body of water will host two new events this year — a raft race Saturday morning and an airplane fly-in Saturday evening. Summerfest gets underway today and continues through Saturday.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners turn over budget cuts to new admin

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to turn over budget cut decisions to their new controller-administrator.

The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day on an ongoing basis.