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Alley Cat owner sentenced to jail for sexual harassment

The sentencing of a Lakeview business owner for sexually harassing a young employee came down to distinguishing between “a tale of two Larry Coles.”

Larry Cole, 47, appeared in Montcalm County’s 8th Judicial Circuit Court for sentencing Thursday. Cole was previously charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving five women and one teenager at Cole’s popular Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley and restaurant.

Five teams take a lap around the Tamarack Two Miler endurance ice track to get a feel for the ice on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview.

Motorcyclists come out for Lakeview Winterfest attraction (PHOTOS)

This weekend may have felt like spring, but the pleasant weather didn’t stop Lakeview area residents and ice bikers from enjoying still frozen Tamarack Lake. Saturday’s weather did change the start time for the Tamarack Two Miler two-person endurance race to begin at 10 a.m., instead of the original noon time as part of the Lakeview Winterfest.

Lakeview Village Manager Shay Gallagher presents the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget at Monday night’s Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview’s yearly budget makes room for projects

For the past few months, Village Manager Shay Gallagher has been crunching numbers and planning for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget.

Gallagher presented the budget proposal, complete with graphs and a list of themes to Lakeview Village Council on Monday night.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the county’s ongoing audit and financial progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear update from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news Monday from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updates Montcalm County commissioners on the ongoing county audit progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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JUST IN: Woodstove likely to blame for Pine Township structure fire Saturday

Upon rolling up to a structure fire Saturday evening, Lakeview District Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr began mobilizing his firefighters for a potential rescue.

A mobile home residence at 8195 W. Briggs Road — about one mile northwest of Langston off of M-91 — was completely engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading quickly to a nearby garage and barn.

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Dollar General looks to open new store on M-91 and Stanton Road

The scenery on M-91 headed north from Greenville to Lakeview could see a change this spring. A public hearing was held Monday night to discuss rezoning the property on the southeast corner of M-91 and Stanton Road in Pine Township and a proposal for a special land use for a Dollar General store to be built.

From left, Mark Kuzma, banking center manager; Holli Trevino, lead customer service representative; Lynett Jack, relationship banker; Abigail Deacons, customer service representative; Teri Kirby, customer service representative; and Ted Johnson, treasurer for Lakeview Ministerial Association, hold the $545 check Chemical Bank presented to the Lakeview Ministerial Association to sponsor February’s food truck. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Chemical Bank sponsors food truck in Lakeview

Every two months, the Lakeview Ministerial Association hosts a food truck from West Michigan Food Bank as part of its food pantry.

The food truck, which comes from the West Michigan Food Bank in Grand Rapids gets a bargain on the 5,000 pounds of food it delivers up to Lakeview, but the $545 charge is by no means cheap.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

Lakeview Community Schools owns 80 acres of woods in Altona, which school staff and students haven’t used much in the past. They are planning on taking more field trips to the property thanks to a Wheels-to-Woods grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School senior applies for, receives DNR grant

Harley Kahl, 17, has been interested in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from a young age.

The Lakeview High School senior has participated and continues to participate in DNR programs, and he plans on attending Lake Superior State University to double major in criminal justice law enforcement and criminal justice homeland security with the possibility of becoming a DNR officer.