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Lakeview schools could get new surveillance cameras

It may seem like a page out of Orwell’s “1984,” but the truth is new surveillance equipment being considered at Lakeview Community Schools is all about student safety.

The high school’s current video surveillance system is dated and not particularly effective in identifying suspects or vehicles, according to Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood. This has proven problematic in the past when it comes to acts of vandalism and other crimes on school property.

Greenville resident Lloyd Shelden was working hard to clear his sidewalk on Monday morning.

Winter snow squall blankets area

On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil clamored out of his hole to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Those who live in West Michigan already had made that same prediction after the snow-filled weekend.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.

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Lakeview water system is in decent condition

Although this village’s water system complies with state codes, there is room for improvement, particularly in outlying areas. This according to a recent study commissioned by the village by Rowe Professional Services.

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Donated lakefront property could net Lakeview $50,000

A lakefront property donated to this village could conceivably help pay for the cost of new snow removal equipment. Although the deal is still tentative, the Lakeview Village Council recently voted to allow Village Manager Jake Eckholm to move forward with the sale of a Townline Lake property donated to the village by Wells Fargo.

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Lakeview Village Council reconsiders snow removal rule

Maybe you can successfully challenge local government.

That seems to be the case after heated public comments at Monday’s meeting of the Lakeview Village Council swayed the opinions of some council members.

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The Right Place and Montcalm Economic Alliance sign partnership

The path to create more economic growth in Montcalm County may finally have been paved on the stable ground of a partnership that aims to bring great dividends to area businesses and residents.

On Monday, The Right Place Inc. and the Montcalm Economic Alliance announced the formation of a strategic partnership to support economic growth in Montcalm County and encourage greater regional collaboration in West Michigan.

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JUST IN: Opinions on Lakeview sidewalk ordinance heard

A possible snow removal ordinance was again the focus of Monday evening’s meeting of the Lakeview Village Council.

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Churches keep Lakeview pantry going strong

The area’s churches play a large part in the continued operation of the Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and M-46, the pantry is open by appointment only. Originally located in the basement of a downtown business, it moved not long ago to Lakeview Community Church.