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Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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Lakeview school board discusses balanced calendar concept

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is considering the pros and cons of switching to a balanced calendar school year.

The year would shift from the traditional 180 day school calendar to make the learning process more continuous and to maximize the use of school facilities. Students would have periodic shorter breaks, rather than a long summer break.

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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

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Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

Together for more than six decades, Letty and Jack Scott died within days of each other. — Courtesy photo

Jack + Letty: Lakeview husband and wife die within a week of each other

For 65 years, Jack and Letty Scott did almost everything together. They raised a son, Dan. They raised the children of Letty’s sister, Betty, following her untimely death in 1974.

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Montcalm County plagued by weekend fires

Once again, a string of structure fires burned through Montcalm County throughout the weekend. The weekend started with a mobile home fire south of Lakeview Friday. Then Saturday struck with a morning house fire in Howard City followed by a lunchtime structure fire northeast of Howard City. Later on Saturday, a Crystal dumpster fire was called in followed by house that burned southeast of Crystal. On Sunday, a pump house just east of Crystal also went up in flames.

A 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by a 51-year-old Coral man, failed to stop for the stop sign and drove through an intersection, colliding with some trees across the road. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Truck crashes, burns in Winfield Township

A Coral man lost control of his vehicle and almost lost his life on Thursday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle personal injury crash at 9:38 p.m. at the intersection of West Church Road and North Masters Road in Winfield Township.

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Lakeview firefighters had busy weekend

The temperature was hovering just below 15 degrees when the early Saturday morning call came to the Lakeview District Fire Department. A house located at 7578 West Briggs Road was on fire and the occupants needed help. Firefighters did not hesitate to answer the 2:45 a.m. call.

Tom Wilcox is Lakeview High School’s new principal, a promotion from his former position as the school’s assistant principal. He fills the position vacated by Gary Jensen, who accepted another job. — Daily News/ Cory Smith

Wilcox steps into new role as Lakeview High School principal

Lakeview High School administration recently saw a significant change with then-principal Gary Jensen departing to work with a position at ACT Michigan. Former assistant principal Tom Wilcox was promoted to principal effective Jan. 30.

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Lakeview board celebrates victories, plans for the future

Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education members reported an overall surplus in the school district’s operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year so far, among other successes the district has seen for the year thus far. “We had a higher student count than anticipated and our at-risk funds were higher than expected,” said Superintendent Kyle Hamlin during the monthly Feb. 9 meeting.