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Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, left, and members of the Village Council listen to local contractor Kevin Griffith, standing, right, at Monday’s regular meeting. The council awarded Griffith a contract for the construction of a pocket park in downtown Lakeview, as well as other village improvements.  Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Village Council goes local for pocket park contractor

Members of the Village Council voted Monday to go local when it comes to contractors for an upcoming park project, even if it means spending a little more money. The project includes a new downtown “pocket park” that will connect Lincoln Avenue to a completely renovated parking area on the east side of the businesses located there. The project also calls for the paving of Lake Drive from Fifth Street to the Tamarack Lake outlet.

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Sheridan considers hiring code enforcement officer

Members of the Village Council are discussing ways to put some teeth in the village’s blight ordinances. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council discussed revising the municipality’s current ordinances and possibly hiring a code enforcement officer to issue warnings and citations.

The Market, an open-air market, will once again be held at Lafayette Park in Greenville throughout the summer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA making preparations for downtown open-air market

Last year’s trial run for a summer open-air market series in Downtown Greenville was a success. Although organizers started small last year, this year is going to be even bigger. “This has been a vision for a long time to have something downtown,” Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Gae Wolfe said. “Sometimes it starts small and you have to take baby steps and let it grow.”

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Funeral Notices for April 16, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Edmore Village Police Chief Luke Sawyer was recognized by the Edmore Village Council Monday evening for his time served as the chief before becoming a deputy with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office on May 1. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore police department set to merge with Sheriff’s Office

As Edmore Village Police Chief Like Sawyer prepares for the switch of the community’s law enforcement to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, members of the village council made sure to recognize him during his final days as the community’s chief. A contract was approved by the Edmore Village Council on March 10 and by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners March 21.

During a trip to Paris last year, area students had the opportunity to stand under the famous Eiffel Tower. — Courtesy photo

Greenville High School students are Europe bound

Standing in the shadow of history is awe inspiring. A country with a 239-year modern history has its own set of historic significance. Places like the Gettysburg battlefields or the winding streets of Boston or even the shores of the Detroit River are awe inspiring in their own right.

Visible rust spots and faded paint have led to members of the Edmore Village Council to vote on a new paint job for the village’s water tower, which will occur this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water tower to get new paint job

With fading discolored blotches and growing areas of visible rust, the Edmore’s water tower will finally receive a new paint job this summer. After a year of weighing its options, members of the Edmore Village Council voted to approve a fresh paint job of the village’s water tower during Monday evening’s village council meeting.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 14

Central Montcalm 2-0: The Hornets defeated the Saranac Redskins twice at home on Tuesday. Game was a 16-6 mercy in five innings. Ben West earned the win, allowing seven hits, three walks, five earned runs and seven strikeouts…

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Tri County mercies Lakeview for first win

Tri County’s baseball team was still stinging from going 0-4 in a trip to Indiana over spring break. However, the Vikings came out of that funk in a hurry Tuesday night.

Belding’s Greta Wilker fields a bunt from third base and makes the throw to Julia Rupert at first base during Tuesday’s game against Sparta. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding softball opens conference play with a pair of wins

The Belding Redskins broke open a close ballgame with a six-run sixth inning. Holding on to a 2-1 advantage over the Sparta Spartans, the Redskins pounded out six hits, while batting around the lineup to open an 8-1 lead after six innings.