IN BRIEF: Eckholm has busy last night in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm had a busy last village council meeting Monday night, as he wrapped up projects and prepared the council for transition. Eckholm’s last day is Sept. 23, and he recommended Darrin Dood be considered as interim village manager. During the meeting, the village went over their annual budget and [...]

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Julie Stafford, publisher of The Daily News, and Elisabeth Waldon, news editor of The Daily News, testified before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on Thursday in support of a new law that would prohibit a public body from suing a person for making a FOIA request. The law was introduced by State Rep. Klint Kesto after Montcalm County sued The Daily News over a FOIA request.

Montcalm County lawsuit leads to proposed change in state FOIA law

When The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of primary election coverage this summer, Montcalm County sued this newspaper. Now, state legislators are working on amending the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


Lakeview parade to honor and remember 9/11 heroes

On Sept. 11, downtown Lakeview will fall silent for a parade in honor and memory of the 15th anniversary of a terrorist attack on the United States that resulted in almost 3,000 lives lost. The Patriot’s Day Silent Parade — hosted by the Ionia, Kent and Montcalm Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. — will proceed down Sherman Avenue to Second Street to Lincoln Street to 10th Street and end at the front entrance of Lakeview High School.

Jim Perkins, commander of West Michigan’s branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, presents Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood with an award on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The award recognized Dood’s involvement with the community. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview police chief honored with award

On behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Jim Perkins recently presented Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood an award in recognition for his service to the community in law enforcement.

The honor was part of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which was Aug. 18.

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.