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Lakeview High School class of 2005 graduate Jenny Ehle is spearheading a project designed to commemorate the lives of two of her former classmates. — Courtesy photo

Memorial to honor two Lakeview graduates

In grade school, Rachelle Stevens was a happy child, always laughing, always smiling. According to her childhood friend, Jenny Ehle, Rachelle had a great attitude and a penchant for making fast and true friends.

Rachelle also had a brain tumor, one that in high school several years later, would claim her life.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

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Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

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Right Place coordinator teases upcoming projects in Montcalm County

“Aluminum,” “clean water,” “elephant,” “flare” … these are the code names for a number of ongoing economic development projects in Montcalm County. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, recently updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners about local work being done in conjunction with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys announced his resignation from the board after 14 years as a member during the July 20 board meeting effective Aug. 17 meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

President, trustee resign from Belding school board

After numerous years of dedicating time as members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, two of the longest serving members are stepping down. During the July 20 board meeting,President Tom Humphreys and Trustee Robert Insley both announced that they would be resigning.

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Funeral Notices for July 31, 2015

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Longtime Greenville hairstylist Rusty Schlienz’s new book “Talking to the Mirror,” recounts many of the stories he’s heard from clients during his 54-year career. He will sign copies from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at L’Image Salon in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Former Greenville hairstylist to sign copies of new book

You hear a lot of stories in 54 of years of listening. Russell “Rusty” Schlienz will share some of those stories with the public when he signs his new book, “Talking to the Mirror,” at L’Image Salon at 328 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

Belvidere Township Fire Department firefighters check a Six Lakes house after a propane explosion caused significant damage to the structure. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Propane line ruptures at Six Lakes home, no one hurt

What started out as a normal afternoon for the Dolson family turned into a shocker. Quite literally. Just around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Todd Dolson was upstairs in his Six Lakes home when he heard a loud bang and felt his whole house literally move under his feet.

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Funeral Notices for July 30, 2015

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