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Schafer sworn in as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

Ronald Schafer recalled his time in high school, when he said there was “no way” his mother could have imagined a day in which her son would be sworn in as a judge in the state of Michigan.

But on the third story of the Ionia County Courthouse on Friday, a packed courtroom of friends, family, supporters — and Schafer’s mother — witnessed otherwise, as Schafer was sworn in as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr.

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Greenville school staff and parents debate military cords at graduation

When 248 students graduated from Greenville High School last Sunday, it was a celebration of academic achievement.

But for 10 of those students, the occasion was clouded.

Members of Greenville City Council discuss the rezoning of three parcels along Congress Street as they review an overlay of the site.

Safety concerns lead to changes at Marvel and Judd intersection

An intersection that often causes confusion for both residents and visitors will no longer contain street-side parking in effort to ease traffic concerns. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Engineer Doug Hinken reported the intersection of S. Marvel Drive and W. Judd Street has resulted in safety concerns, primarily due to “a situation with the configuration” of the intersection.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves 2016-2017 fiscal year budget

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted Wednesday evening to adopt the 2016-2017 fiscal year township budget.


IN BRIEF: Greenville Community Center to receive new window blinds

In satisfying a longtime goal of receiving small improvements at the Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center, new window blinds will now be coming to the facility.

The 55 graduates of Montabella High School celebrate their accomplishment Sunday by throwing their caps high into the air after receiving their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

55 graduate from Montabella High School (PHOTOS)

After 13 years, from learning to tie their shoes in kindergarten to taking their final academic exams this past year, the 55 seniors of Montabella High School became the school’s 50th graduating class Sunday. Dressed in cap and gown in the class colors of navy blue and white, with the class flower, a white rose with blue tips, pinned to their 2016 stoles of the same colors, the seniors spent their final day as high school students together, reminiscing on past events while also looking forward to the future.

The 248 members of the Greenville High School class of 2016 listen Sunday as commencement speaker Steve Day delivers a speech. — Daily News/Cory Smith

248 from Greenville’s class of 2016 take the next step (PHOTOS)

There is but one day in four years of attending high school when a student can be considered the official guest of honor — graduation day. For the 248 seniors at Greenville High School, Sunday marked the final day in which they entered their school as students and exited as alumni.

With a storied career in both the Greenville High School Marching Band and Genesis Percussion Ensemble, Greenville High School senior Julia Gabrysh, 17, hopes to take her drumming talents to Michigan State University this fall as she studies percussive engineering. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville senior and longtime drummer to pursue percussive engineering

As a seventh grade student, Julia Gabrysh found her passion in life early, and at the age of 12, she wasn’t shy in her efforts to perfect her craft. While other students would be finishing up their lunches, or perhaps gossiping about the day’s happenings outside of the classroom, Gabrysh would command the attention of everyone — whether they wanted to deliver it or not.

From left, Judson and Jalen Kilchermann, 17, Marisol and Joel Bucao, 18, and Kimberly and Katrina Buskirk, 17, represent three sets of paternal twins that will be graduating from Montabella High School this Sunday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

3 sets of twins graduating together in Montabella High School class of 2016

After a long and sometimes educationally turbulent four years at Montabella High School, senior Jalen Kilchermann, a funny, caring 17-year-old, appeared to be derailed from the tracks that led to graduating with her fellow classmates this upcoming Sunday. With just a few short months in her final year of high school, she held a failing 11 percent in her chemistry class, a grade that would hold her back from earning a high school diploma.

Members of the 2016 graduating class of Grattan Academy High School throw their caps high into their air following their graduation ceremony Wednesday evening.

17 Grattan Academy students finish final step of high school

In addressing his fellow graduates, valedictorian Josiah Jacobsson had a simple message for the Grattan Academy High School Class of 2016 — “enjoy the present and live for today.”