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Byrne Electrical Specialists is headquartered in Rockford and specializes in product, mold and fixture design. — Courtesy of Byrne Electrical Specialists

Byrne Electrical Specialists expanding to Lakeview, creating 32 new jobs

Byrne Electrical Specialists has long had a strategic vision for employing as many people in West Michigan as possible. Today, Lakeview is becoming part of that vision.

Byrne Electrical Specialists is headquartered in Rockford and specializes in product, mold and fixture design. — Courtesy/Byrne Electrical Specialists

JUST IN: Byrne Electrical Specialists expanding to Lakeview, adding 32 jobs

Byrne Electrical Specialists has long had a strategic vision for employing as many people in West Michigan as possible. Today, Lakeview is becoming a part of that vision.

Rockford-based Byrne — a power and data-solutions manufacturer and supplier — is expanding operations by constructing a new manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace in Lakeview on the same property once home to America’s largest pickle salting station.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Representing the Padden family, Lakeview chiropractor Gary Padden, left, accepts the Lakeview Area Community Fund Quality of Life award from LACF Board member Pat Hinrichs. — Daily News/Mike Taylow

Padden family receives Quality of Life award at community fund dinner

For the past 14 years, Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) has been giving students, businesses and civic organizations in the village a financial leg up. Organizers reason what’s good for the residents is good for the entire municipality.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

Gifted fingerstyle guitarist and 2001 Lakeview High School graduate David Youngman recently took first place in the prestigious International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kan. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview grad wins international guitar championship

Jim and Sharon Youngman always encouraged their son’s creativity. Even at age 5, David was fascinated with the creative process, whether that entailed drawing, painting or playing guitar, as did his father.

As the years passed, music gradually became his first passion. David followed his muse, trying to recreate the sounds of other players. When he couldn’t find others playing the music he imagined in his own mind, he attempted to play it himself. Through necessity, almost, he learned his craft.

According to Lakeview Elementary School kindergarten teacher Wendy Bates, a new assessment program at the school has proven helpful in getting incoming students the focused attention some of them need. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Assessment program helps Lakeview teachers with kindergarteners

By the time a student enters third, fourth or fifth grade, his or her teacher has a pretty good idea what to expect. The student’s abilities are, in part at least, a known quality.

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Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputy recovers

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy who was shot with a crossbow on Friday underwent surgery on Saturday and is in stable condition.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy shot with cross bow; suspect killed

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy was shot with a cross bow Friday and a Michigan State Police trooper shot and killed the suspect in return.

A colorful sunset illuminates the evening skyline as the Greenville High School Marching Band performs Wednesday evening on Legacy Field at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

High School marching bands compete in MSBOA festival

With instruments in hand, stadium lights beaming down from above and an audience of peers and judges before them, the first breath on the turf of Legacy Field for hundreds of students Wednesday was followed by an exhale of nerves and the unknown.