Montcalm County officials and Michigan State Police responded to the scene of a fatal two-car head-on collision Sunday evening. One woman died and three others were hospitalized. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

UPDATED: 1 dead, 3 injured in M-66 head-on collision

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision just north of Six Lakes this evening.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., an Audi sedan and a Buick sedan collided head-on after each driver swerved to the west while traveling in opposite directions on M-66, near North Six Lakes Road and Cutler Road.

Ace Moore.

ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Lakeview High School freshman Cade Oberlin, left, decided to pass on a class ring he’d won from Josten’s to fellow student Angel Taylor. Although the two swim in different social circles, Angel says they have been “friend-ish” since grade school. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School student re-gifts his class ring

Cade Oberlin is one of the popular kids. A freshman at Lakeview High School, Cade typically scores A’s in his classes; he speaks with the casual confidence of a junior senator from Minnesota; it’s almost a given he serves on the student class council. Cade’s self-deprecating manner rings true.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.


Lakeview Village Council endorses 9/11 parade

The victims of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those who responded to the terrorist attack, will be remembered and honored again this fall thanks to the efforts of the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers.

Walter Johnson

ON THE RECORD: Children, parents & police foil sex offender’s attempt to accost 13-year-old

A Lakeview father countered a stranger’s attempt to harm his daughter by setting up a police sting.

Walter Johnson, 33, of Lakeview, was charged with three felonies regarding an incident last summer in Cato Township.


Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.

People sign up to be part of a seed lending program after a presentation from Joe Simcox and Ben Cohen during the Tamarack District Library “Sow It Forward” program. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Lakeview library starts seed program

While libraries are renowned for lending books, the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview is starting a Seed Library this spring. The kick-off for this new program was last Saturday at a “Sow It Forward” program featuring a Michigan expert in saving diverse heirloom seeds, along with a special appearance by a world-wide botanical seed saver.

Arlene Culver of ABC Longarm Quilting in Howard City, pictured at center, sewed this quilt along with Leona Bennett and Sharon Kelley as part of a Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA fundraiser for Brightening Veterans Lives. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview, Howard City bowlers donate $5,000+ to veterans

A local group of bowlers has donated more than $5,000 for veterans after hosting multiple fundraisers over the past two years.
The Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA is comprised of bowlers from both communities who decided to merge their associations in 1948, according to member Kathy Homrich of Howard City. The combined association currently has almost 200 members.


MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.