Construction is underway at the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. A $160,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant was awarded to Byrne by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with the understanding that Byrne will add at least 32 new full-time jobs in Lakeview. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Byrne Electrical Specialists construction on track in Lakeview

This winter’s mild weather has been a friend to construction workers, including the site of the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists in Lakeview.

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

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

The nondescript, unmarked Amble Fire Department building is located kitty corner from the Amble Road House bar in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.


Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.


Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce comes back

Numerous civic improvements and an influx of new businesses have altered the face of this village in recent months. So it’s not surprising the Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce — dormant for the past two years — is experiencing a resurgence as well.


Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

Lakeview’s website lacks functionality and interactivity, at least compared with the proposed website council members discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Lakeview village website needs to be updated

A municipal website should be a place where residents can pay bills, get regularly updated information about village events and easily access the particulars regarding local ordinances. In all these categories, Lakeview’s current online presence is somewhat lagging, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

This Lakeside Park pier was funded in part with Lakeview Downtown Development Authority monies. Now the DDA is considering other, future projects. These may include a seaplane base, small boat docks on the northwest side of the lake and a public park in the former Bollinger’s car lot. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tamarack Lake improvements planned in Lakeview

The Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has in recent years overseen several improvements to the public areas surrounding Tamarack Lake.

These include a complete overhaul of Lakeside Park, a pier there, street improvements along Lake Drive, and a park and several new “green areas” between the village’s main street and the lake.


IN BRIEF: Lakeview looks at website update

This village will be getting an online makeover soon if members of the Lakeview Village Council have their way. Lakeview’s current site is too limited in functionality, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

The Pocket Park connecting Lakeview’s main street with the lake from which the village takes its name is one of many improvements completed there in recent months. — Courtesy photo

Improvements draw increased usage of Lakeview’s community parks

If there’s one municipality that seems to be growing steadily more attractive and desirable to both residents and potential business, it’s the village of Lakeview.

According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm — who also serves as Stanton’s city manager — that’s no mistake.