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Zaria Wilks, 18 months, of Edmore, enjoys her carseat in the 2017 Chrysler 2017 Pacifica. Her father is one of the sales and leasing staff members at Ed Koehn in Greenville. (Daily News | Amanda Leitch-Lee)

REVVED UP: Safety and style merge in latest family vehicles

Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Mahar

Montcalm County sheriff’s candidates weigh in on budget

Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.

Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.

The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.

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Montcalm County budget cuts mean job layoffs, fee increases

Michael Kotenko rose to speak before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

May 23 was the first major public appearance for the 14-year sheriff’s deputy since last autumn, when he narrowly escaped being murdered on the job.

Lakeview High School’s gradating class of 2016 throws their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony.

‘We made it’: 87 seniors graduate from Lakeview High School (PHOTOS)

Sean Rinehart works double duty at Lakeview High School as an English teacher and the football coach. As the keynote speaker of Lakeview’s graduation on Sunday, he seemed just as home speaking to the class of 2016 as he does firing up his football players on the field.

Lakeview High School senior Jordan Rosset — shown with her dog, Tess — is receiving the HAIL scholarship from the University of Michigan, which means she’ll have a tuition-free ride for four years at the university. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Lakeview student granted High Achieving Involved Leader scholarship, overcomes adversity

Jordan Rosset is what the University of Michigan (U-M) designates as a High Achieving Involved Leader (HAIL).

In the fall, she will be attending the University of Michigan’s nursing program thanks to the HAIL scholarship, which will cover four years of her tuition fees. All she had to do was apply for admission and be accepted.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

An original Amble Fire Department helmet is on display in a glass case at Winfield Township Hall. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble Fire Department may soon be history

A black helmet with “Amble Fire Dept.” written in white across the brim is behind glass in a display case at Winfield Township Hall. The helmet is a relic from the early days of the fire department. The present day fire department is about to become a piece of history too.

Lakeview’s new website will offer many amenities missing from the village’s current site. These include online bill pay, email contact forms and downloadable village documents or ordinances.

New $6,500 Lakeview website will offer more village options

The village will soon be getting an attractive new online “front end” in the form of an updated and greatly expanded website. The Lakeview Village Council voted Tuesday to award a $6,500 contract for the website’s development to City Web Central Website Design in Rockford. According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the new website will offer residents far more features than the municipality’s current website.

Montcalm County officials and Michigan State Police responded to the scene of a fatal two-car head-on collision Sunday evening. One woman died and three others were hospitalized. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

UPDATED: 1 dead, 3 injured in M-66 head-on collision

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision just north of Six Lakes this evening.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., an Audi sedan and a Buick sedan collided head-on after each driver swerved to the west while traveling in opposite directions on M-66, near North Six Lakes Road and Cutler Road.