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Military veterans and auxiliary members wave to the crowd while riding in the Trufant Jubilee Grand Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trufant festivalgoers enjoy three parades (PHOTOS)

The Trufant Jubilee Festival included three parades for festival-goers to enjoy during the Labor Day weekend. The first parade was the Kiddie Parade Friday evening. Children dressed in colorful costumes, and some even made cars out of boxes they walked down the parade with.

Timothy Hartman, 13, of Trufant, picks up the piglet to win the first round of the 11 year old to 14 year old division of the Trufant Jubilee Pig Scramble Friday evening. — Daily News/Ryan Nielsen

Trufant Jubilee pig scramble draws big crowd

Pigs and children squealed simultaneously during Trufant Jubilee Festival’s sixth annual pig scramble. A pig scramble is a pig-catching contest. A group of people line up against the fence of an enclosed area while one or more pigs are on the opposite side of the enclosure. When the announcer says “Go,” the people chase the pigs and try to catch one. The pig is considered caught when it is off the ground.

Recent Grand Valley State University graduate Jake Eckholm started his new job as village manager of Lakeview and city manager of Stanton on Tuesday. He will divide his time equally between the municipalities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Eckholm leaving Lakeview and Stanton to manage Muskegon Heights

The dual manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview has accepted a new job. Jake Eckholm will be the next manager of the city of Muskegon Heights. He accepted the job Tuesday and will start Oct. 1.

Trufant Jubilee Queen Ashley Lee and her court will represent Trufant at the Trufant Jubilee festival this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Pre-Teen Kia Reyburn, Lee and Princess Jayden Gibbons; back row from left, Pre-Teen court Member Melissa Mckinley, Pre-Teen Court Member Brooklyn Bommer and Pre-Teen court member Lia Huizinga. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager crowned Jubilee queen

Last year, Ashley Lee considered trying out for the Trufant Jubilee Queen’s Pageant. She decided it was too late in the process to jump in and opted to wait one year.

When the Trufant teen entered this year’s contest, she learned she was the only contestant.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

Brigham Funeral Chapel, DeWitt Lumber and The Lincoln Agency are three of the 14 businesses a proposed annexation would include. Forty-one properties are included in the proposed area. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Village Council moves forward with township annexation

After six months of planning and reconfiguring, Lakeview is moving forward with a proposed annexation of multiple properties in Cato Township. The annexation would include all properties on M-46 from M-91 to Youngman Road, known as the 46th corridor.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, at left, and Village Manager Jake Eckholm listen as the council discusses which company to hire for a sewer pond project during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Village Council approves sewer pond bid

Lakeview’s sewer polishing pond has been slowing eroding over the last few years.

On Monday night, the Lakeview Village Council decided to fix it.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview Village Council pounces on stray cat problem

The atmosphere in Lakeview has gotten a little catty lately.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the issue of stray cats roaming the town was discussed.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.

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Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.