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Lakeview’s Jonathan Hansen, left, tries to keep the ball away from Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert during a game last September. - File photo

Lakeview to start season with new boys soccer coach

Longtime boys soccer coach Chris Smith will not be on the sidelines when the season begins Aug. 24. Smith was replaced by someone who helped start the soccer program he coached. Jeff Bennett has taken over.

Lakeview’s Sadie Massie serves during the Lakeview Invitational last September. - File photo

Lakeview’s new volleyball coach ready for season

Amber Fifelski Ingraham was one-and-done with the Lakeview volleyball program. And she went out on top. Ingraham, who married in the spring, resigned last March as varsity volleyball coach, leaving after taking the Wildcats to their first district title in years.

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THE REVIEW: Voelker’s talent not on radar

Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.

Randy Cairns of Gowen does a 536-pound deadlift at a competition in 2010. - Courtesy photo

Gowen powerlifter winning medals

Just eight years ago, Randy Cairns started doing powerlifting competitions. It’s taken him all over the world, where he has been very successful. Cairns, 49, of Gowen, has a mantle full of trophies from all over the world.

Greenville’s Abbey Moreland with her dog, Bear. Moreland, 25, has been working part-time as a dog sitter, using the website Rover.com, which allows dog owners to easily find nearby dog-sitters that fit well with their furry loved ones. (Courtesy photos)

BUSINESS BEAT: Greenville woman part of growing national dog-sitting website

Normally, part-time jobs are a necessity for a person to make ends meet, cutting in to one’s free time. Sometimes, however, those part-time jobs can be fun, especially when dogs are involved.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

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Residents voice approval of Forest Hills assessment

Practicing democracy is more than just reading the local newspaper or visiting the polling station to cast a vote during election season or hanging a flag on the Fourth of July to demonstrate patriotism. Practicing democracy is actively engaging, questioning and holding elected leaders accountable, something which is oft spoken of but rarely acted upon.

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New policy in Belding favors local businesses

Should local businesses receive preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for city projects and purchases? That’s the question the Belding City Council was wrestling with at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Bruce Brown presented the council with a proposed ordinance that would lend, in most situations, favored status to city businesses.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County commissioners recommend granting dog kennel appeal

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal for a county dog kennel license this morning.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 10, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 10, 2015