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Former Lakeview VFW Post Commander Jim Wood, left, and post member Wayne Youmans were on hand Friday at Lakeview High School to show off some of the 1,218 9-inch by 12-inch flags planted on school grounds in preparation for a planned Veterans Day celebration. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview area veterans honored with flag display

Every veteran who served in the U.S. military deserves recognition. That’s the driving philosophy of Jim Wood, former commander of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post 3701 in Lakeview.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

James Fase is pictured with Rizzo, a black lab/husky mix who was shot and killed by a neighbor earlier this summer. — Courtesy photo/Fase family

Winfield Lake family wants law changed after their dog was shot and killed

Was it the result of a long-standing neighborhood feud between two families, or a simple case of self defense against an aggressive dog? Rizzo, a 10-year-old, three-legged black lab/husky mix, was shot and killed by a neighbor’s 9mm semi automatic handgun this summer. The case was investigated and closed with no criminal charges issued, but questions remain in the Winfield Lake neighborhood of Winfield Township.

Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.

Members of the Lakeview Village Council interviewed the final two candidates vying for the village manager’s position. That manager, when hired, will serve both Lakeview and the city of Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Finalists interviewed for Stanton and Lakeview manager position

It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.

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.