Lori Hansen


Central Montcalm school board votes on expulsions, grievance and termination

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Kristie Teall explained Wednesday night’s school board meeting as one that wasn’t “warm and fuzzy.” Five school board members met in four executive sessions during the two and a half hour meeting, with only 35 minutes conducted in open session.


Greenville OKs purchase of new Spanish textbooks

Students will continue to be able to pursue foreign language studies at Greenville Public Schools thanks to some new textbooks. The school board voted 6-0 at Monday night’s meeting to purchase five student textbooks and one teacher’s textbook for use in Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish classes.

Front row, Perry Barker of Stanton, Al Barker of Stanton, Wilmer Wilson of Greenville, Ken Allen of Greenville and Arthur Galloway of Greenville; and back row, Lew Guernsey of Ionia,Clem Scheinder of Crystal, Dan Blanchard of Crystal and Eric Halvorsen of Sheridan were among the 17 World War II veterans honored Saturday night at VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘A chance to recognize all veterans’

  SHERIDAN — One by one they stood. Ever so slowly, yet proudly, as 17 names were called, these men, the youngest in his 80s and the oldest 96 years old, stood to be recognized. These men, a small and quickly decreasing number, are the World War II veterans who were given accolades at the [...]

Emily Smith of Greenville was recently crowned Miss Greater Kalamazoo, earning the right to compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant in Muskegon in June. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman wins Miss Greater Kalamazoo pageant

When Miss Danish Festival 2012 Emily Smith competed in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant this summer, she considered the possibility of returning. That thought became a reality when Smith, now a freshman at Western Michigan University, won the Miss Greater Kalamazoo pageant earlier this month.


One Book, One County finale speaker explains floral messages

Though “flowers speak a language without using words” Jeanne Hawkins, an expert on the language of flowers, used the eloquence of words as guest speaker at the closing event for the year-long One Book, One County presentation Thursday night.


Central Montcalm gains some students during recent count

Student counts and copier equipment are two very different subjects, but both could mean increased revenue for Central Montcalm Public School. Superintendent Kristi Teall explained to the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday night that the student count taken in February totaled 1,708 students, and administrators estimated a decline of 10 students, or 1,698, going into this school year.

Pastor Bob Winter and his congregation at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the church this year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville’s Faith Baptist Church celebrates golden anniversary

In 1963, a local group of 30 or so stepped out on faith, first meeting in a house basement and then later at the Union Hall on Charles Street. The group, consisting mostly of eight families, formed Faith Baptist Church, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday with a special service “From Generation to Generation: Celebrating 50 Years of God’s Faithfulness.”


Purchase of digital sign at Central Montcalm Public Schools put on hold

More than three years ago, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted to purchase a digitalized sign to be installed in front of the high school, however, the issue is still unsettled due to current financial constraints.

John Deere tractors lumbered down the Trufant Jubilee Grand parade route Saturday afternoon. See Page 3 for a story and more photos from this weekend's 35th annual Trufant Jubilee. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

35th annual Trufant Jubilee visitors enjoy wonderful weekend

What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.

The 2013 Trufant Jubilee royalty include, in front from left, Jubilee Princess Madison Gibbons and Junior Miss court member Hannah Schwantdt; back row, Queen’s court members Raeanne Barstler and Tisha Proctor, Jubille Queen Amber Kibler, Junior Miss Hannah MacDonald and Junior Miss court member Grace Schwantdt.

Lakeview’s Amber Kibler crowned Trufant Jubilee Queen

Amber Kibler remembered how much her older sister loved serving as the Trufant Jubilee queen in 2011. She also remembered how her brother enjoyed the year he reigned as Trufant Jubilee prince. So, in a last minute decision, Kibler opted to compete for the queen’s pageant herself. The decision paid off, as Kibler walked away with the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee Queen 2013.