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Lakeview senior Liz Nielsen makes a throw to second base during a game last season, The Wildcats went 17-9 overall.

Wildcats ready to improve on diamond

The Lakeview Wildcats softball team went 17-9 last year. They return five experienced players and four of their top five hitters in 2012. Returning for the Wildcats are Liz Nielsen, Andrea Henry, Chelsea Lint, Keelie Outman and Erin Vanderzand. They lost Jessica Keilholtz, Dani Johnson and Lindsay Larsen.

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Tri County area mourns after divers recover body of missing boy

The Tri County Area Schools community has come together to mourn the death of a Pierson teenager who drowned in a fishing accident in Little Whitefish Lake. Sheriff’s divers recovered the body of Dalton Gustinis at 2 p.m. on Saturday — 38 hours after he disappeared. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

This time the work on Lincoln Avenue will be done right, promises Village Manager James Freed. The project, slated to begin April 16, should be completed before the Memorial Day Parade. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Main Street slated for renovation

Come mid-April, some longtime residents of Lakeview may be surprised to see orange barrels again lining downtown Lincoln Avenue. Just over a decade ago, road crews descended on the village and worked through the summer tearing up old pavement and putting down new. Updated curb and gutter work was also completed at that time.

Six-year-old Ellis Elementary kindergartener Kirsten Antcliff chooses a dog toy to put in her pet care bag for the West Michigan Pet Expo this weekend. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding pupils create pet care bags for dogs and cats up for adoption

For the last three weeks, it’s been all about cats and dogs at Ellis Elementary School in Belding. Pupils in kindergarten, second grade and special education classes have been working with the Safe Haven Humane Society of Ionia to prepare more than 70 pet care bags for the seventh annual Michigan Pet Expo at the Deltaplex Arena today and Sunday in Grand Rapids.

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2012

Funeral Notices for Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crystal Township residents gathered Wednesday evening to give their input to the Crystal Township Board about a proposed dock and boat ordinance. - Daily News/Robin Miller

Crystal Township residents question proposed lake ordinance

The Crystal Community Center was filled to capacity at Wednesday night’s public hearing to discuss the new Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance drafted by township attorney Clifford Bloom. The proposed ordinance replaces existing Ordinance 15-A, which currently controls lake access at Crystal, Duck and Loon lakes.

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Community absent from CC-C superintendent meeting

The Carson City-Crystal Board of Education is seeking a new superintendent and offered a community meeting Thursday night to hear thoughts and opinions of local residents of what skills and qualities the next school leader should have. However, no one attended the meeting.

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JULIE STAFFORD: Spring means the creepy crawlies are back

I’m not a violent person, but there are several kinds of bugs that bring out the exterminator in me. Right now, it’s ants and mosquitoes. I just don’t see their purpose.

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Search continues for missing Tri County teen after boating accident

A boy is missing after three teenagers went fishing during the early hours this morning. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Little White Fish Lake in Pierson Township regarding a boating accident. The information the deputies have received is three male teenagers launched their 14-foot aluminum boat at the public boat launch. A short time later, the boat began to take on water and capsized.

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Greenville man gets 1 year for Wesco stabbing

A Greenville man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after a stabbing incident at the Wesco gas station in Greenville. Eric Tett, 27, was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and vehicle tampering.