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New Miss Trufant Jubilee overcomes her fears to win

Megan McPherson has always wanted to compete for the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee, but was too scared to try it. This year, she faced her fears and did it, and walked away with the title.

“It was one of those things that seemed pretty scary, but once I did it, I realized that my thinking that way was making it worse than it really was,” said the demure McPherson, 17, who was crowned Thursday night as the 35th Trufant Jubilee queen.

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Bright Start starts over as new Lakeview Elementary School

It has been more than two years in coming, but on Wednesday, all the hard work, planning and expense paid off for Lakeview Community Schools when Superintendent Kyle Hamlin cut the ribbon officially opening the doors to Lakeview Elementary School. Assisting in the task were Board of Education President Ed Jonaitis and Principal Kelly Nielsen.

The event was well-attended by community members, teachers, administrators and parents with children who will soon be entering the school for fall classes.

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BREAKING NEWS: County Line Farms building destroyed in Trufant-area fire

An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

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Santa’s reindeer visit Lakeview Elementary School

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen … but how many times have you actually met a reindeer face to face?

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Work underway at Bright Start Elementary School

The story of Bright Start Elementary School is unusual and one that has been affected repeatedly by the vagaries of educational financing and population. Built over a decade ago, the school originally housed Lakeview Community Schools’ lower elementary students.

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Community Dinner extols Lakeview’s financial, scholastic improvement

Five years ago, the village of Lakeview was in trouble. The small community was hemorrhaging jobs; foreclosures were rampant; the schools were being listed as “at risk” by the state. What a difference five years can make.

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World War II letters to Lakeview

Until a decade ago, former Montcalm County resident Monte Ball didn’t know about the letters his father had written home during his time fighting in World War II. Penned to family back home between April of 1941 and June of 1945, Elvin Ball’s letters provide a window into the life of a soldier serving during “The Big One.”

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Lakeview teacher’s YouTube video reaches 4.2 million views

What happens when you throw a golf ball onto a freshly frozen lake early in the morning on very thin ice? Science teacher Cari Scholtens knew, and she wanted to share the unique experiment with her students at Lakeview High School.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Lakeview parade celebrates academic success

A parade in Lakeview was held on Friday afternoon to commemorate the dramatic increase in ACT scores at the school over the course of the past few years.

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Lakeview park to see $200,000 in improvements

Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority. Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.