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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

Lakeview’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hough-Pontius Post 3701, on M-91, just south of M-46, is planning a Memorial Day parade for this coming weekend in the hopes of being more visible in the community. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Re-energized Lakeview VFW Post plans updates, parade

Stacey Roberts, Dan Duvall and Jessica Wright deployed together in 2004 with Greenville’s 1073rd National Guard Maintenance Company. Twelve years later, the trio has reconnected for a new mission: Save and revive Lakeview’s Hough-Pontius Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3701.

Ivana Rivera of Belding and Kristen Green of Howard City supervise their children and other children during their homeschool group’s weekly play date at McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township on Thursday afternoon. The park serves as a central location for the inclusive homeschool group which has families in Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville and Howard City, among other locations.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

All Montcalm County parks have been adopted for the year

As children played on slides and swings, ran amongst the tall trees and explored the shores of the Flat River on Thursday afternoon, their mothers rested in the shade of the pavilion at McCarthy Park.

The members of the inclusive homeschool group from Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville, Howard City and points beyond use the park on M-91 just north of Greenville as a central location for a weekly playdate gathering. The group was relieved to learn the Montcalm Township park would not be closing this year despite Montcalm County budget cuts.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lakeview Village Manager Shay Gallagher stops by the black dirt site on Golf Park past Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field to see how much dirt is available and how the new arrangement will work. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council makes changes to black dirt service

When the Department of Public Works (DPW) collects leaves in autumn, it uses them to turn into black dirt for residents.

In the spring and summer, residents can use the dirt for home or gardening needs.

Lakeview High School students work together to plant trees along the perimeter of the tree-planting site. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview students plant 5,000 trees on school-owned property

Harley Kahl might not have gotten the warm and sunny day he was hoping for Tuesday, but he still was able to oversee more than 2,000 red pines being planted by his Lakeview High School classmates. “It was nice to see this happen,” the 17-year-old said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

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Trufant man identified after fatal accident on M-66

A Trufant man has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident last week at M-66 and Sidney Road.

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Krause, Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney and I/M SAFE CAC Vice President Kyle Butler, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams, Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent for Special Education and CAC Board Secretary Jim Loser, Mary Ellen Clery, Esther Combs, Tim Hemenway, Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Michelle Seigo toured the I/M SAFE CAC facility on S. Sheridan Road (M-66) Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

State representatives tour area child advocacy center

State legislators on Friday toured a local facility focused on helping children tell their stories. Lawmakers including 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, 87th District State Rep. Julie Calley and State Sen. Judy Emmons visited the Ionia/Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (I/M SAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 10260 S. Sheridan Road (M-66).

Congressman John Moolenaar meets with media before Thursday’s listening session at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

Audience members waved green or red pieces of paper to show their support or opposition to statements made during Congressman John Moolenaar’s listening session Thursday at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.