IN BRIEF: Lakeview holds design charrette

LAKEVIEW — Village President Ed Winter, new Airport Manager Clark Newell, Village Manger Jake Eckholm, DDA members and Lakeview residents gathered at Tamarack District Library Wednesday night to discuss potential ideas for lakeshore development in downtown Lakeview. Prein and Newhof, a design and environmental engineering firm based in West Michigan, hosted the design meeting. They [...]

The Lakeview District Fire Department and Department of Public Works currently share a building on Park Drive. The fire department has outgrown their portion of the building and offered to buy the Department of Public Works portion for $80,000. Village council members unanimously voted to accept the offer at Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview fire department to purchase DPW building

The Department of Public Works will soon be moving into a new building. But before the department makes the transition, the building will have to be moved from Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field to North Street.

Stephen Blann of accounting firm Rehmann Robson reports Monday afternoon on how Montcalm County arrived at its current financial situation and what needs to be done in coming years to balance the budget. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear the latest on budget investigation

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard the initial findings of three financial, legal and consulting firms Monday regarding the county’s concerning budget situation.

Lakeview High School band members carry the American flag through the Lakeview during Sunday evening’s Patriot’s Day Silent Parade. The parade proceeded through downtown Lakeview to honor and remember those who lost and risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Patriot’s Day Silent Parade evokes memories

Many tears were shed while the Lakeview 9/11 Patriot’s Day Silent Parade made its way through downtown Lakeview.


IN BRIEF: Eckholm has busy last night in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm had a busy last village council meeting Monday night, as he wrapped up projects and prepared the council for transition. Eckholm’s last day is Sept. 23, and he recommended Darrin Dood be considered as interim village manager. During the meeting, the village went over their annual budget and [...]

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Julie Stafford, publisher of The Daily News, and Elisabeth Waldon, news editor of The Daily News, testified before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on Thursday in support of a new law that would prohibit a public body from suing a person for making a FOIA request. The law was introduced by State Rep. Klint Kesto after Montcalm County sued The Daily News over a FOIA request.

Montcalm County lawsuit leads to proposed change in state FOIA law

When The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of primary election coverage this summer, Montcalm County sued this newspaper. Now, state legislators are working on amending the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


Lakeview parade to honor and remember 9/11 heroes

On Sept. 11, downtown Lakeview will fall silent for a parade in honor and memory of the 15th anniversary of a terrorist attack on the United States that resulted in almost 3,000 lives lost. The Patriot’s Day Silent Parade — hosted by the Ionia, Kent and Montcalm Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. — will proceed down Sherman Avenue to Second Street to Lincoln Street to 10th Street and end at the front entrance of Lakeview High School.

Jim Perkins, commander of West Michigan’s branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, presents Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood with an award on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The award recognized Dood’s involvement with the community. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview police chief honored with award

On behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Jim Perkins recently presented Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood an award in recognition for his service to the community in law enforcement.

The honor was part of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which was Aug. 18.