Muddy parking conditions and a thawing lake didn’t keep people away from Saturday’s Lakeview Winterfest. They just put on their boots and slogged through the swampy parking lot to the edge of Tamarack Lake, where they enjoyed watching wet motorcycle racing on the lake and a snowmobile show on the shore.
Organizers of this year’s Lakeview Winterfest are hoping predictions for an unseasonably warm weekend are wrong.
It’s hard to blame them, considering how many activities for Saturday’s festival are predicated on the notion there will be plenty of snow and ice, ice, ice.
In less than three weeks, Montcalm County residents will be deciding how much county services are worth to them.
On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal. The millage would generate approximately $986,077 in revenue in its first year and would help fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve or restore other county services.
A quick knockdown of an early Sunday morning fire likely saved a residence from destruction.
Firefighters from the Maple Valley and Lakeview District fire departments were dispatched at 3:23 a.m. through a mutual aid agreement to a report of a structure fire at 238 C. St. in Trufant.
This winter’s mild weather has been a friend to construction workers, including the site of the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists in Lakeview.
Rockford-based Byrne — a power and data-solutions manufacturer and supplier — is expanding operations by constructing a new manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace on Tamarack Lake, the same property once home to America’s largest pickle salting station.
A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.
The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.
Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.
Numerous civic improvements and an influx of new businesses have altered the face of this village in recent months. So it’s not surprising the Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce — dormant for the past two years — is experiencing a resurgence as well.
As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.
During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.