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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

Caleb Martz is the new assistant principal and athletic director for Lakeview High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New Lakeview High School admin takes on double duty

The last few weeks have seen a change in administration for Lakeview High School students and staff with the hiring of Caleb Martz as the new assistant principal and athletic director. Students, staff and Martz himself are all looking forward to what the future holds for Lakeview and what Martz can bring.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, left, and members of the Village Council listen to local contractor Kevin Griffith, standing, right, at Monday’s regular meeting. The council awarded Griffith a contract for the construction of a pocket park in downtown Lakeview, as well as other village improvements.  Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Village Council goes local for pocket park contractor

Members of the Village Council voted Monday to go local when it comes to contractors for an upcoming park project, even if it means spending a little more money. The project includes a new downtown “pocket park” that will connect Lincoln Avenue to a completely renovated parking area on the east side of the businesses located there. The project also calls for the paving of Lake Drive from Fifth Street to the Tamarack Lake outlet.

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JUST IN: Tree planting project approved in Lakeview

Members of Lakeview’s Village Council voted Monday evening to approve a tree planting project at Wiseman Park on the north end of town. Funded by the Michigan Watershed Association, the initiative will provide for the planting of 65 trees at the park.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Lakeview community garden will soon be reality

Things are going to be a little bit greener this summer if organizers of a proposed community garden have their way. According to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the idea of creating a community garden was brought to him recently by three village residents, Molly Moblo-Perusse, Lisa Jensen and Jackie Bissonette.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

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Steeplechase Tool & Die expansion could lead to new jobs in Lakeview

A new piece of equipment being installed at Steeplechase Tool & Die could eventually spell new jobs for the village. According to Steeplechase co-owner Tim Caverley, the new 1,600-ton press will be used as a “try-out” press to test dies manufactured at the plant. At present, the press is essentially installed in a soon-to-be completed addition to the plant at 9307 Howard City-Edmore Road, though some electrical work must be completed before it becomes operational.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”