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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.

Four large bays have been added to a former church gymnasium, soon to reopen as Belvidere Township’s new firehouse. Concrete approaches will soon be added and firefighters should be able to relocate to the facility by early June. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belvidere Township to benefit from newly constructed fire building

Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

The snowmobile first gained popularity in the 1950s. Sleds from the past 50 years were on display Saturday at the Winterfest snowmobile show in Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Classic sleds highlight Lakeview Winterfest

Nature took its toll on this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, held Saturday. Many planned events were canceled because, ironically, of both warm weather and cold.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Montcalm Alliance looking to move forward after setbacks

The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.

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BREAKING NEWS: County Line Farms building destroyed in Trufant-area fire

An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Shannon Trip of Montcalm Community College shared information about the school’s early college program with members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board again considers early college program

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education are again considering an early college program being offered to the district by Montcalm Community College.