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Featured Stories

  • Lakeview Plans Moving Forward
  • Welcome Back Mulebone
  • Where the LAN Has Been- On the Badger

Obituaries

  • Carol Esther (Ebbitt) Chapin
  • George Thomas Lewis
  • Phyllis Marie Pike

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Upcoming Events

Classifieds

Storage Available

Fountain’s Storage – 2 locations ready for your storage needs in Lakeview, 8797 Tamarack Road and 9287 M-46.  Call: (989) 352-8074.

Classified Ads

Classified Ads cost $10 for the first week and $5 each additional week as long as there is no changes to the ad. The ad is due the Monday before the Thursday edition of the newspaper. Lost and found pet ads are free. Please send Classified Ads by e-mail: lannewsroom@nullgmail.com.

Garage Door Service

New installation and repairs to garage doors and openers. Call Worth Garage Door Service, located in Howard City, at (616) 260-0345.

For Rent

Rent the freshly painted Lakeview VFW for your wedding reception or gathering! A full kitchen and bar area are available at no additional charge. Contact John at (407) 443-2605 or vfwpost3701@nullgmail.com to book your event today.

For Rent

Six Lakes VFW hall available for rent, also Auxiliary will prepare meals/luncheons, reasonable prices. Phone (989) 427-3701.

Preschool Registration

Young Partners’ Christian Preschool is accepting registrations for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2017-2018 school year. A non-denominational preschool located at New Life United Methodist Church, located on M-46 –  about 2 miles east of Lakeview. Call (989) 352-7788 or stop at New Life United Methoidst Church for a registration form. For more …

Help Wanted

The United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties in partnership with Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is seeking a creative, service-oriented individual interested in serving their community for a 7 month AmeriCorps position starting in September that focuses on Financial Empowerment. Semi-flexible but full time schedule, extensive professional development opportunities, living allowance in bi-weekly installments and education …

Indoor Yard Sale

The Six Lakes VFW is hosting an inside yard sale on Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to contribute can bring items to the VFW Hall on Monday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hall is located at 2195 W. Fleck Road.

Barn Sale

On July 21, 9 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and July 22, 9 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Air compressor, lawn furniture, camping equipment, life preservers, garden and canning supplies, paint supplies, tools, dishes, coolers, old lamps, animal traps, nice clothes, leather jackets, lots of good things. The barn sale is located at 3788 W. Waterwheel Road. Turn off …

Preschool

3-year-old preschool Tuesday and Thursday, 4-year-old preschool Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Located in Edmore with easy access. Message via Dee’s House on Facebook or call/text (989) 291-7003.

About the Lakeview Area News

Dick Boomer started the Lakeview Area News in 2006 with his granddaughter Dana Keilholtz. They started the process in January 2006 and the first issue came out March 9, 2006. The original address for the newspaper was 318 S. Lincoln Avenue in downtown Lakeview, Michigan. Dana started doing production and layout and advertising design. Rich Boomer (Dick’s son) and Kim Boomer (Dick’s daughter-in-law, the wife of his other son, Chris) were the first advertising sales persons. Dick Boomer handled the finances.

The first week in April 2006, just four weeks after the first newspaper was published, Linda Huckins started writing for the newspaper. Linda was transplanted from out east with a journalism degree and lots of newspaper and magazine experience. “My dream has always been to open a small-town newspaper, but I didn’t have the capital,” she said. “When I walked into the Lakeview Area News office, I knew I was home. Working there was the next best thing.” That same week, there was a death in the Keilholtz family. Linda volunteered to cover the front desk at the office so Dana and Dick could attend the funeral, and she has been with the newspaper ever since.

Dana needed some time off to help her husband grieve and Linda agreed to fill in. After a few weeks, there was a shift in responsibilities. Linda took over production and layout and handled editorial issues and writers as well as doing some of the writing herself. Rich and Kim had to leave the newspaper because of other obligations, so Dana then concentrated on selling and designing ads. As the paper grew in popularity, the job became too big for Dana to handle alone. Lisa Jensen took over some of the ad design responsibilities and Pam Hufford came on board as a sales person. The 29” broadsheet design was too large and cumbersome. It was decided to switch to a smaller 25” size, which most local newspapers use. At the same time, they switched printers to Pioneer Press in Big Rapids.

Robin Ward came to work for the newspaper when Dick Boomer owned the paper and she stayed on working for Dana and Linda. Robin put in many long hours proofing and editing the paper as well as performing layout duties. It was during those years that she developed the Ruffs by Rosco column expressing the world through the eyes of her faithful dog, Rosco. Robin still writes that column, and it is one of the newspaper’s most popular features. Our many thanks to Robin for her dedication and support of our newspaper.

Within a year, the newspaper expanded coverage into Six Lakes, Remus, Blanchard, Edmore, Howard City, Amble, Stanton, Sheridan, and other areas surrounding Lakeview.

The response has been overwhelming. Several local people wrote weekly or bi-monthly columns, others willingly submitted articles on a regular basis, and others submitted story ideas.

In October 2007, Dana and Linda bought Dick out and took over the newspaper as partners. The newspaper then became the Lakeview Area News, LLC. They continued running the paper until February 2010 when Dana bowed out and Linda became sole owner. By this time, Pam Hufford no longer worked for the paper. Two other ad representatives joined the staff – Julie Camp and Kristina Marsh. Linda hired other office and layout staff as well. Two are still working at the newspaper – Sandy Dean, who is office/billing manager and ad designer, and Kelly Wright, who is layout editor.

In September 2011, Linda sold the newspaper to the current owners, Gerald (Jake) Kinsey and Charlene Kinsey. The name stayed the same, except it no longer is an LLC. Linda stayed on as Managing Editor for a couple years to run the day-to-day operations, and the Kinseys handle the business end. Linda retired in 2014, but she continues to write articles and helps in other ways. The first issue under the Kinseys’ leadership came out September 15, 2011. Shortly after buying the newspaper the Kinseys started renting their current office space in the Lakeview Family Chiropractors building at 960 S. Lincoln Ave in Lakeview.