Lori Hansen


Local girls prepare for Miss Michigan pageants

Two young women in two different organizations are preparing for two different contests, yet they each have one goal — to come away with the crown.


Crystal teen crowned Sheridan Springfest queen

It was a night of misplaced tiaras and a misprinted program, yet it was a perfect night for Riann Rohn, as she was crowned the 2013 Miss Sheridan Springfest queen. Organizers originally planned a 6 p.m. pageant, yet when the schedule came out in print, it stated a 7 p.m. start. Combined with the tiaras somehow lost en route to the event, organizers made a last-minute decision to postpone the start to 7:20 p.m., giving time for a quick run to Mount Pleasant for replacement crowns.

Grattan Academy seniors wait to enter a packed gymnasium during graduation prelude Wednesday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Grattan Academy marks graduation with 32 seniors

Kimberly Kleck attended Grattan Academy 13 years and Maria Heffron attended six years, while other students like Dena Campbell and numerous foreign exchange students attended only one year. But it didn’t matter Wednesday night when they started — there were 32 seniors together, wearing red and black caps and gowns, all graduating together.

Ben Edwards, left, and Jake Peacock — both graduates of Greenville High School class of 2006 — graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine on Saturday. — Courtesy photo

Greenville childhood friends graduate from medical school

Ben Edwards and Jake Peacock graduated together in 2006. They graduated together again in 2009. And now, once again, they graduated together on Saturday, this time receiving their doctor of medicine degrees. The two 24-year-olds — who are the sons of Greenville residents Steve and Ruthanne Edwards, and Robert and Patrice Peacock — were among the students who graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, with their Greenville families right there, cheering them on.


Central Montcalm Public School ends contract with food service director

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education unanimously agreed not to renew the district’s food director contract at Wednesday’s meeting. Diane Mitchell’s contract as director food service will end, after a 7-0 vote by the school board.


Central Montcalm Public School to join early college program

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday approved an agreement for an early college program and accepted five retirement letters, including longtime administrator and current elementary school principal John Kearney. The board, after some discussion on the number of students to be allowed to try the early college program in its premiere year, voted 7-0 to approve an agreement with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School System in connection with the program at Montcalm Community College.


Central Montcalm Educational Showcase set for Thursday

What originally began as a community dinner featuring Central Montcalm Public School has now evolved to the Education Showcase, one of the biggest events for the district. The 39th annual Education Showcase is planned for Thursday at the high school/middle school complex, and features works of art, displays of projects and live entertainment by student groups. Doors open at 5:30 for senior citizens while the Education Showcase runs from 6 to 8 p.m. for the general public.

From left, James Moon, 16, Alex Seal, 17, Jesse Moon, 18, along with officer Cheryl Houser, were given commendations by or their assistance in helping an elderly citizen.

Carson City Council to put ordinances online

Carson City residents will be able to see the municipality’s ordinances with a click of a mouse, thanks to the City Council approving codification at their meeting Tuesday night. With a 6-0 approval — Mayor Bruce Tasker was absent — the council approved spending $9,985 initial costs to get the 60-plus ordinances cleaned up and converted to an online version.


Central Montcalm schools listen to Early College pitch

Two new opportunities for students to learn were introduced to the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education Wednesday night. One was excitedly welcomed while the other was hesitantly tabled one month. Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino and Montcalm Area Intermediate School District superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht presented an overview of the new Early College Program, and option for all seven districts in the MAISD.

Executive Directors Cheryl Smith and Barb Millard with the winners of Saturday night’s Miss Heartland Pageant. Elizabeth Johnson, of Plymouth was named Miss Heartland 2013 while Greenville’s Alisha Gatchel earned the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen honors. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local Miss Heartland participants qualify for Miss Michigan

Four local young women competed in the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. Two finished as title holders, providing them an opportunity to return to Muskegon to the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, or the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen pageant. Alisha Gatchel, 15, earned the title of Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen, while Brianna Van Houten placed as first runner-up. Both girls are from Greenville.