Cory Smith

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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Greenville superintendent search begins

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor. Haines submitted his resignation June 8 after accepting the superintendent position at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD).

Jacob Drake, 18, of Howard City and the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, won Best in Show and Outstanding Exhibit during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair for a hope chest he designed and built himself in shop class. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Howard City teen wins 4-H Best in Show Still Exhibit

As the Montcalm County 4-H Fair was just beginning last week, 4-H’er Jacob Drake was miles away, fishing with a friend on the Muskegon River near Croton Dam. It was then that his phone buzzed with a text message delivering a bit of surprising news.

Clockwise from left, Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, Belding Finance Director Adrienne Barna, Michigan Association of School Boards Assistant Legal Counsel Joel Gerring, Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, Michigan Employment Relations Commission Fact Finder Roger Cheek, Michigan Education Association Labor Economist Ruth Bier, MEA Research Consultant Craig Culver, MEA Uniserv Director Nancy Valenta, and Belding Education Association Lead Negotiator George Rousseau participate in a fact finding hearing at Belding High School on June 25. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school, teachers await opinion as contract stalemate continues

Teachers at Belding Area Schools have been without a new contract for exactly one year today. Negotiations between the school district and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers’ union began shortly before the previous contract expired on June 30, 2014.

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‘Hiccup-free’ fair results in record attendance, no event cancellations

Plan for the worst, hope for the best — that’s often the credo of organizers who help bring to life the week of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. This year, it was the latter of that statement that had both 4-H kids and adults alike leaving on the final day of the fair week with smiles boasted proudly.

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JUST IN: Greenville school board names co-acting superintendents

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor.

Heather Fishburn, 16, of the North Central 4-H Club, was declared the 2015 Montcalm County 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Saturday after achieving the highest score among her fellow 4-H showmanship champions in showing 11 different animals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship

Of the many accolades and recognitions awarded throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, nothing may be more coveted than being crowned the winner of the sweepstakes showmanship championship competition.

From right, 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Yea Rachel Rodenhouse, her mother, Melanie Rodenhouse, and sister, Emily Rodenhouse, walk their sheep Sunday to their pen area at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen’s Rachel Rodenhouse wins 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

It isn’t often you can find someone who recalls learning to ride a horse before they grasped the ability to take their own first steps. It’s a unique path that eventually led Rachel Rodenhouse into the realm of the Montcalm County 4-H program, and on Saturday, her passion for the program was placed atop the highest pedestal.

Sparrow Carson Health President and CEO Matt Thompson, left, presents a donation in the amount of $2,000, on behalf of the Carson Foundation, to Carson City Police Department Chief Dave Ellis. The donation will be used to purchase new uniforms for officers within the department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City Council renews police coverage agreement with Sparrow Carson Hospital

In a “win-win” situation for this community and its local hospital, a partnership for dedicated law enforcement will continue for another year. Members of the Carson City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday — with Councilman Kurt Keiffer absent — to renew a one-year contract for dedicated police coverage by the Carson City Police Department for Sparrow Carson Hospital.

A hunting lodge located at 10720 W. Stanton Road east of Trufant was destroyed by fire early Thursday. No one was injured. Officials have ruled the cause of the fire suspicious after it was determined that several items belonging to the property owner were discovered missing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pine Township hunting lodge is destroyed by fire, ruled suspicious

An early morning fire that destroyed a hunting lodge Thursday is being ruled suspicious after several items were reported missing by the property owner. Firefighters from the Lakeview District Fire Department were dispatched to 10720 W. Stanton Road at approximately 4:52 a.m. to the structure fire, about three miles east of Trufant, with automatic aid provided by the Maple Valley Fire Department.