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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

Brigham Funeral Chapel, DeWitt Lumber and The Lincoln Agency are three of the 14 businesses a proposed annexation would include. Forty-one properties are included in the proposed area. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Village Council moves forward with township annexation

After six months of planning and reconfiguring, Lakeview is moving forward with a proposed annexation of multiple properties in Cato Township. The annexation would include all properties on M-46 from M-91 to Youngman Road, known as the 46th corridor.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, at left, and Village Manager Jake Eckholm listen as the council discusses which company to hire for a sewer pond project during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Village Council approves sewer pond bid

Lakeview’s sewer polishing pond has been slowing eroding over the last few years.

On Monday night, the Lakeview Village Council decided to fix it.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview Village Council pounces on stray cat problem

The atmosphere in Lakeview has gotten a little catty lately.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the issue of stray cats roaming the town was discussed.

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JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

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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?