Pig scramble highlights 2015 Trufant Jubilee

The cute little pink piglet contentedly chewed on the fresh green grass, oblivious to the interruption that was about to descend on her peaceful bliss. The piglet was the star of the show in the third annual Trufant Jubilee Pig Scramble where children — and adults — had the opportunity to catch the porker and win an impressive trophy and a few minutes of fame.

Trufant Jubilee Queen BreAnna Schultz, seated, and her court, from left, Princess Jayda Fitzgerald, Queen First Runner-Up Caitlin Madlener, Miss Pre-Teen First Runner-Up Melissa McKinley, Queen Second Runner-Up Krysta Frye and Miss Pre-Teen Madison Gibbons will reign over Trufant’s weekend celebration.  — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant queen a first time contestant

BreAnna Schultz isn’t quite sure what the Trufant Jubilee queen does, but the 17-year-old is about to find out. Schultz, the daughter of Scott and Judy Schultz of Trufant, decided to run for the title just for fun and to gain pageant experience so she would have a better chance if winning another year. However, among a field of three contestants, Schultz walked away with the title this year.

The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters shake the rafters of the Wheatland main stage to help wrap up the annual three-day festival. Several name acts have been booked for Sunday, Sept. 13, this year in an effort to entice Sunday-only ticket sales. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Festival offers Sunday spectacular

Organizers of the annual Wheatland Music Festival are hoping to attract a few more Sunday-only music lovers at this year’s event, slated for Sept. 11-13. The festival, which has steadily grown in popularity and attendance in the 42 years it has been in existence typically sells out early, particularly for those purchasing three-day camping reservations.

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

Lakeview’s new Pocket Park as it looks today. Some cosmetic work remains to be done on the exterior walls of the building bracketing the park. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Village project is the latest step in putting the ‘lake’ in Lakeview

For decades, the village of Lakeview’s name has been something of a misnomer. There’s a lake there, sure, but — except for the handful of residents who actually live on Tamarack’s shores — it has gone mostly unseen and unnoticed.

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‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

Trevor Rentschler, left, received a marching baritone, and Anthony Blazo a Sousaphone in the first purchase made with a gift from the Padden family to the Lakeview High School Band. — Courtesy photo

$15,000 donated to Lakeview High School band

A recent $100,000 donation from the Padden family to the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) is already paying dividends to the village.


Village of Lakeview ‘sells’ the incorrect property

It was a simple mistake, but one that conceivably could have spelled trouble for this village, had it not been caught — literally — in the nick of time.

In January, the Lakeview Village Council voted to move forward with the sale of a property on Townline Lake that had previously been donated to the village by Wells Fargo. Proceeds from the sale were to have been used, potentially, for the purchase of new snow removal equipment.


Feeding America food truck will be in Lakeview on Thursday

About 58 percent of students attending Lakeview Community Schools qualify for free and reduced lunches. That equates to a lot of local families that could, from time to time, use a little assistance.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, that assistance will arrive at the old elementary school gym, 124 Sixth St. in the form of a Feeding America food truck.