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Firefighters from the Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments respond to the fire. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No one injured in Lakeview structure fire

With firefighters having just extinguished a fire within his residence, Michael Mass sat in his car, keeping a folded American flag salvaged from his home close by his side. The 21-year military veteran sat in a daze Tuesday afternoon, unaware of how the fire could have started, which likely destroyed a number of his personal items.

From left, Mid-Michigan Humane Society acting Board President Angela Hollinshead, Vice President Rachell Martin and Secretary Autumn DeVries are pictured. The humane society was recently established to provide extra security and services to pets in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. — Courtesy photo

Local Humane Society established to expand services to pets

Amid an uncertain future for the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a group of people have come together to provide some peace of mind for pets and pet owners throughout the county.

Angela Hollinshead, director of Montcalm County Animal Control and acting president of the board for the newly formed Mid-Michigan Humane Society (MMHS), said the idea for the Humane Society was born out of panic when in June 2016 it looked like the county might need to eliminate Animal Control.

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ON THE RECORD: Lakeview man gets up to 50 years prison for violently assaulting two women

A young man was sentenced to up to half a century in prison after sexually assaulting and beating his former girlfriend and assaulting a female stranger on back-to-back-days in Lakeview.

Jeremiah Ropoleski, 17, far left, presented the retirement options Chris Bruggema, on right, was going over with his academic center class. Thursday night, Ropoleski presented what he has been learning in academic center classes to Lakeview Board of Education. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School seniors learn life skills in class

Lakeview High School wants its seniors to be prepared to enter the workforce, a trade school or college after graduation. In order to better accomplish that goal, the high school changed its seniors academic center (AC) classes to better prepare students for skills they will need after graduation.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview school board approves soccer, track projects

The Wildcats’ soccer and track fields will both see some changes this spring after the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to make improvements during Thursday night’s meeting.

Lakeview Village Manager Shay Gallagher points to Councilman Dave Lung’s tablet to show him a detail in the meeting packet. During Monday’s Village Council meeting, council members approved implementing a courtesy car policy. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview approves policy for airport courtesy car

When Clark Newell took over as manager of Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field last summer, one of his goals was to implement a courtesy car for pilots.

Other Michigan airports such as Clare Municipal Airport and Roben-Hood Airport in Big Rapids have courtesy cars for pilots to use to travel into town after they park their planes at the airport.

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IN BRIEF: Potential sewer billing change for Lakeview residents

A change in sewer bills is an upcoming possibility for Lakeview residents after a discussion by Lakeview Village Trustees at Monday night’s meeting.

Currently, village residents’ monthly sewer rates are calculated by the average use between September and November.

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Lakeview schools get new interest rate for old bond

School board officials in Lakeview were able to save area taxpayers around $93,204 by refunding a bond older than any of the students.

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Alley Cat owner sentenced to jail for sexual harassment

The sentencing of a Lakeview business owner for sexually harassing a young employee came down to distinguishing between “a tale of two Larry Coles.”

Larry Cole, 47, appeared in Montcalm County’s 8th Judicial Circuit Court for sentencing Thursday. Cole was previously charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving five women and one teenager at Cole’s popular Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley and restaurant.

Five teams take a lap around the Tamarack Two Miler endurance ice track to get a feel for the ice on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview.

Motorcyclists come out for Lakeview Winterfest attraction (PHOTOS)

This weekend may have felt like spring, but the pleasant weather didn’t stop Lakeview area residents and ice bikers from enjoying still frozen Tamarack Lake. Saturday’s weather did change the start time for the Tamarack Two Miler two-person endurance race to begin at 10 a.m., instead of the original noon time as part of the Lakeview Winterfest.