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On Tuesday afternoon, Lakeview Village Manager Shay Gallagher stops by the black dirt site on Golf Park past Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field to see how much dirt is available and how the new arrangement will work. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council makes changes to black dirt service

When the Department of Public Works (DPW) collects leaves in autumn, it uses them to turn into black dirt for residents.

In the spring and summer, residents can use the dirt for home or gardening needs.

Lakeview High School students work together to plant trees along the perimeter of the tree-planting site. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview students plant 5,000 trees on school-owned property

Harley Kahl might not have gotten the warm and sunny day he was hoping for Tuesday, but he still was able to oversee more than 2,000 red pines being planted by his Lakeview High School classmates. “It was nice to see this happen,” the 17-year-old said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

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Trufant man identified after fatal accident on M-66

A Trufant man has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident last week at M-66 and Sidney Road.

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Krause, Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney and I/M SAFE CAC Vice President Kyle Butler, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams, Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent for Special Education and CAC Board Secretary Jim Loser, Mary Ellen Clery, Esther Combs, Tim Hemenway, Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Michelle Seigo toured the I/M SAFE CAC facility on S. Sheridan Road (M-66) Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

State representatives tour area child advocacy center

State legislators on Friday toured a local facility focused on helping children tell their stories. Lawmakers including 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, 87th District State Rep. Julie Calley and State Sen. Judy Emmons visited the Ionia/Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (I/M SAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 10260 S. Sheridan Road (M-66).

Congressman John Moolenaar meets with media before Thursday’s listening session at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

Audience members waved green or red pieces of paper to show their support or opposition to statements made during Congressman John Moolenaar’s listening session Thursday at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

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Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

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Rep. Moolenaar to host district-wide listening session Thursday

Congressman John Moolenaar will be hosting a district-wide listening session Thursday evening at Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium.

Amber Rowland is pictured in happier times on a poster created by friends and family after Amber fatally overdosed on heroin in the summer of 2016. She was 25 years old. — Daily News/Cory Smith

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

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MCC gives scholarship to Lakeview seventh-grader

Seventh-grade students at Lakeview Middle School are thinking about the future. As part of the seventh-grade business writing class, students were required to write formal and informal letters.