Mike Taylor


Stanton aims for manager interviews within 30 days

The search is on for a new city manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. James Freed, who previously held those positions, left recently to take a job in Port Huron.

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Pilot Carl Moore of Cedar Springs is pictured with Young Eagle pilots who completed their flight in his 1978 Piper Cherokee. This Saturday, the  Greenville Area Aviation Association is holding a day-long aviation event with free flights for interested youngsters. — Courtesy photo

Young Eagles event provides free flights for kids at Greenville airport

Now in its eighth year at the Greenville Municipal Airport, the Young Eagles I Can Fly event puts children in the seat of a private aircraft to show them exactly what it’s like to fly. Put on by the Greenville Area Aviation Association (GAAA), Saturday’s event will pair any children ages 8 to 17 interested in a flight with an experienced pilot, who will take to the skies to give a first-hand look at aviation.

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to approve the layoffs of four teachers, as well as a reduction in hours of a fifth. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview schools lay off 4 teachers

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is laying off four teachers and reducing the hours of a fifth employee. The board at Monday’s meeting approved the layoffs of four full time teachers — middle school teacher Ron Patton and elementary teachers Kim Tompsett, Brenda Morgan and Ashley Reese — effective June 19. Also, Lakeview Elementary School teacher Kate Albert will have her hours reduced to half time.

Private Ed Johnson of Greenville landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He told his harrowing story many times before he died at age 93 in 2012. — Courtesy photo

Remembering Omaha Beach: Greenville GI landed there — twice — on June 6, 1944

Brooding clouds scudded across the lowering skies of Omaha Beach. June 6, 1944; the salt tang of the English Channel hung heavy in the air as the landing craft’s (LCA’s) churning wake misted the GIs packed shoulder-to-shoulder within the boat’s cramped interior.

The LCA neared the beach and the world erupted in flame and thunder; German mortar shells, machine guns. In the time it takes to draw a breath, the dead and wounded — many of them officers positioned near the front of the boat — outnumbered the uninjured.

Betty Roger and her family look at a selfie they shot following the graduation ceremony of the Ombudsman class of 2014. Roger was one of 14 students who were a part of Ombudsman Montcalm Center, an alternative high school for at risk students, who graduated Tuesday night in Greenville’s High School Performing Arts Center.

Fourteen students graduate Ombudsman Montcalm Center’s Educational Services program

Fourteen area students who might otherwise have fallen between the academic cracks instead graduated Tuesday evening in a ceremony held at Greenville High School.

Bryan Guernsey says his time at Lakeview High School has been “like a big family.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Troubled past turns into promising future for Lakeview High School senior

Bryan Guernsey’s life to date has been one rife with hard knocks.

The journey from his birth — to a 15-year-old drug-using mother 17 years ago — to his graduation from Lakeview High School, has not been easy. But you’d be hard pressed to find a young man with a better attitude or stronger work ethic.

James Freed

Freed’s last meeting in Stanton a lively one

This city’s manager went out with a bang, not a whimper, at his last meeting of the Stanton City Commission on Tuesday evening. James Freed will soon be leaving for a new position as city manager of his former hometown of Port Huron.

57 Brew Pub & Bistro Chef Michael Santo, left, and General Manager Sherry Aellen are ready to bring the business’ classic cuisine to the alfresco crowd beginning next weekend. The first summer concert features Those Delta Rhythm Kings, a Lansing-based band known for its blues and big band-style music, on Saturday. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: 57 Brew Pub & Bistro to offer outdoor music

Folks who complain there’s nothing fun to do on weekends in Greenville are going to have to find something else to gripe about beginning at precisely 7 p.m. May 31. That’s when 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, 1310 West Washington St., debuts its new outdoor live music and dining venue.

Tri County High School graduated 133 seniors during Thursday evening’s commencement exercises. Here, seniors wait for their turn to cross the stage and receive diplomas. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

133 Tri County High School grads advised to ‘shoot high’

One-hundred-thirty-three Tri County seniors said their goodbyes to the school that for the last four years has been their home away from home. Some were glad to be leaving, others mourned the passing of friendships that have endured since grade school.

Seiter Center students Chris Munner, 15, left, Jason Coggins, 14, center, and Ayden Hayes create homemade cards Tuesday to include in each of the backpacks to be presented to the Montcalm County Department of Human Services later this month. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Seiter Center students provide comfort for displaced kids

Imagine a knock on your door late one evening. You’re not expecting company. Men in uniform enter your home, along with official looking people in severe suits holding clipboards and asking questions you don’t really understand. You’re taken away by strangers, separated from your family. You don’t really know what’s going on, but people are yelling, crying, angry.