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Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

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Village of Lakeview, business looking at removal of heavy metals from sewer pond

A cooperative effort between this village and Parker-Hannifin Corp. will result in a cleanup operation this spring at the sewer ponds north of town. Currently, one of the ponds contains heavy metals deposited there more than a decade ago, prior to Parker-Hannfin’s installation of new reclamation equipment.

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JUST IN: Sand Lake man injured in car-semi truck accident

One man was injured in a car-semi truck accident Friday morning near Six Lakes. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near North Six Lakes Road around 10:56 a.m.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

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Lakeview building could get new emergency power, warning siren

This village has what could be called a “troubled” history with electricity. Though outages are far from an everyday occurrence, it’s not uncommon to find a portable generator tucked away in the pole barns and garages of many residents here. Most storm-related outages last only hours, or even minutes. But there have been cases in recent history which have gone on for days.

Beckee Kibler, who works as a nurse for Lakeview Community Schools and the Lakeview Youth Clinic, reported on student health during a Lakeview school board presentation. — Daily News/Katlyn Vuillemot

Student reports shed light on Lakeview school district

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education heard a presentation Monday about student health and homelessness.

According to Johanna Rentschler, a Lakeview Middle School counselor and homelessness liaison, a homelessness state assessment from the Michigan Department of Education, is due Monday.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

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Lakeview joins Montcalm Economic Alliance

In recent months, many communities have banded together in an effort to change Montcalm County’s economic fortunes. On Monday, Lakeview became one of these when the Lakeview Village Council approved a three-year commitment to the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

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Whooping cough case confirmed in Lakeview school district

A case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was found within Lakeview Community Schools last week. School district officials confirmed the case was found Dec. 5 at Lakeview High School.