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Montcalm County Commissioner Betty Kellenberger asks a question to Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Monday afternoon during the monthly Legislative Update session at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Senate passes Michigan Student Safety Act, awaiting passage in House

In the wake of a recent shooting near a Lansing high school where three students and a fourth teenager were injured, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, says legislation he has co-sponsored with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be “invaluable” in helping to prevent such horrific events from occurring in the future.

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Bluegrass band The Boxcars entertained audiences at the Wheatland Music and Arts Festival this past weekend in Remus.

Wheatland Music Festival marks its 40th year

The population of Remus swelled by a factor of eight this weekend during the annual Wheatland Music and Arts Festival. From Friday until Sunday, traditional music and arts lovers from across the nation descended on the area to enjoy world class performances by some of the world’s best “roots” musicians.

John Deere tractors lumbered down the Trufant Jubilee Grand parade route Saturday afternoon. See Page 3 for a story and more photos from this weekend's 35th annual Trufant Jubilee. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

35th annual Trufant Jubilee visitors enjoy wonderful weekend

What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.

Ground was broken Tuesday morning for a new assisted living facility in Lakeview. When completed, the facility will provide housing for 26 older residents.  At the groundbreaking were, from left, Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr, Lakeview Area Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, an unidentified Crestwood Holdings representative, Lakeview Seniors representative Gene Nienhuis, Leisure Living President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Kraay,  Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, Lakeview Village Manager James Freed and Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview breaks ground for new assisted living facility

By this time next year, the village of Lakeview will be home to a new 26-bed assisted living facility, Lakeview Terrace. Ground was broken for the project at a ceremony held Tuesday morning on Paden Road, directly across from Bright Start Elementary School.

Scott Slagle, of BrewGadgets in Lakeview, samples one of the many home brews that were featured at this year’s Summerfest Beer Tent. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview homebrew club a source of pride, fun and … beer

Some artists create masterpieces in oils; others work in clay or marble. For the 30-plus members of the Brewgadgeteer’s Homebrew Club in Lakeview, the medium is hops, barley, yeast and … the rest is secret. But the end product is often a masterpiece to rival Monet’s “La Grenouillére.” At least beer drinkers think so.

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Helmets in Lakeview raise funds for VFW causes

Somewhere around the 23rd century, B.C., some military leader, whose name has long since been lost to antiquity, realized that many of his soldiers were not coming back from battle, owing in large part to head wounds.

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World War II letters to Lakeview

Until a decade ago, former Montcalm County resident Monte Ball didn’t know about the letters his father had written home during his time fighting in World War II. Penned to family back home between April of 1941 and June of 1945, Elvin Ball’s letters provide a window into the life of a soldier serving during “The Big One.”

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Lakeview school board hears bullying report

Bullying has become a hot button topic within most public and private school systems in recent years, and Lakeview’s schools are no exception. Even the best schools have their share of bullying, both on and off campus. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members heard this year’s report on bullying from Superintendent Kyle Hamlin. All schools in the state are now required by law to keep track of bullying incidents and report them annually to their respective boards.

Jim Wood, of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post in Lakeview, was instrumental in getting a veteran’s memorial started at the high school there. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hough-Pontius VFW honors Lakeview veterans from past and present

Veterans of the armed services who once attended Lakeview Public Schools hold a special place in the hearts of members of the Hough-Pontius VFW post. It doesn’t matter if the service man or woman in your life passed through the schools for one semester of Kindergarten or throughout an entire academic career, the VFW wants to hear from you.

Ninety-eight seniors received diplomas at this year’s commencement exercises at Lakeview High School, held Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s class of 2013 brought up district’s academic standing

The motto of Lakeview High School’s graduating class of 2013, “Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising each time we fall” seems especially appropriate to these 98 seniors. In the past four years, it was this group who changed the academic standing of Lakeview High School, bringing the school’s standardized test scores from an “at risk” rating to among the county’s highest.