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Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.

People sign up to be part of a seed lending program after a presentation from Joe Simcox and Ben Cohen during the Tamarack District Library “Sow It Forward” program. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Lakeview library starts seed program

While libraries are renowned for lending books, the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview is starting a Seed Library this spring. The kick-off for this new program was last Saturday at a “Sow It Forward” program featuring a Michigan expert in saving diverse heirloom seeds, along with a special appearance by a world-wide botanical seed saver.

Arlene Culver of ABC Longarm Quilting in Howard City, pictured at center, sewed this quilt along with Leona Bennett and Sharon Kelley as part of a Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA fundraiser for Brightening Veterans Lives. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview, Howard City bowlers donate $5,000+ to veterans

A local group of bowlers has donated more than $5,000 for veterans after hosting multiple fundraisers over the past two years.
The Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA is comprised of bowlers from both communities who decided to merge their associations in 1948, according to member Kathy Homrich of Howard City. The combined association currently has almost 200 members.

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MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

CCI Greenheart Regional Manager Lisa Jensen, left, helps place students like these from around the world with local host families. The goal of the program is to increase cultural understanding between countries. — Courtesy photo

Exchange student program a local success in culture

“If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!” These words, from Turkish novelist Mehmet Murat Ildan, elegantly sum up the philosophy behind student exchange organization CCI Greenheart.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?

Steeplechase Tool & Die is one of the properties that could eventually be part of the village of Lakeview if plans for an annexation reach fruition. Currently, the parcels under consideration lie outside the southwest borders of the village and in Cato Township. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview could annex, develop new parcels

The village may soon be growing. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Lakeview Village Council took a first tentative step toward increasing the village’s geographic footprint.

Lakeview Police Officer Jeffrey Campbell, far right, takes a moment to speak to youths in the parking lot of Tamarack District Library on Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police work a ‘collaborative effort’ in Lakeview and Stanton

“Things are different than they used to be.” That statement — simple, self-evident and recently stated by Lakeview’s Police Chief Darin Dood — packs a lot of truth into eight words.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary elections and the Montcalm County Headlee override millage proposal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County voters decline Headlee override millage proposal

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.