Vestaburg’s Austin Myers, right, is chased out of the pocket by Muskegon Catholic Central’s Ian Taylor during the second quarter of the teams’ Division 8 playoff game Friday night.

Turnovers lead to loss for Vestaburg against ‘bigger, faster, Muskegon CC

Vestaburg’s football team ran into one of the toughest opponents in Division 8 Friday night. “They’re bigger, stronger, faster,” Wolverine coach Dan Ryckman said. “They” were Vestaburg’s first round opponent, Muskegon Catholic Central, which dominated Vestaburg 61-8 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

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Vestaburg needs overtime to down Montabella 30-24 (Video and Gallery)

Vestaburg’s football team may have blown a lead in their game against Montabella, but they still got the win. The Wolverines got a touchdown from Christian Benavedes to beat the Mustangs 30-24 in overtime Friday night to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.

Many are confused about specific elements of the Montabella Community School’s new grading policy. A crowd of nearly 50 people viewed a PowerPoint presentation and addressed concerns to school administration. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella hosts meetings to discuss new grading policy

Nearly 50 concerned parents of Montabella Community Schools students attended a public forum at the school Thursday to address concerns about the district’s newly implemented schoolwide standards-based grading policy. “I’m actually pleased to know parents have questions about the policy,” said Superintendent Shelly Millis in her opening statement. “That means they’re concerned about their kids and what’s going on at school.”

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Montabella Community Schools update grading policy

Grading for Learning, a new grading policy using standards-based grading, was implemented at Montabella Community Schools this year. According to Junior/Senior High Principal Shane Riley, many schools across the state and country are looking at standards-based grading to better prepare students for state and national tests and, ultimately, their futures. Grading for Learning has three areas of learning: practice, formative assessment and summative assessment. Each teacher determines appropriate assignment classification, including which ones will be graded.

Lil Rasmussen, local horse enthusiast and owner of Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore, led a flag salute around the arena to kick off the Super Kicker Rodeo at the Edmore Potato Festival. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Rodeo highlights 2012 Edmore Potato Festival (Photo Gallery)

Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages in Western shirts, boots and belt buckles as big as the Edmore water tower showcased their rodeo skills at the Super Kicker Rodeo at this weekend’s annual Potato Festival. Presented by main title sponsor Randall’s Old Mill, the rodeo stands were filled to capacity at Webb Field, formerly Montabella Community School’s football field.

Garrett Lumbert has organized a Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bike tour on Saturday to support the Leukemia Foundation. He works part time at Main Street Pizza in downtown Edmore to help earn money for his education. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella senior organizes bike tour to fight leukemia

After a 10-year battle with leukemia with several bouts of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and a bone marrow transplant, Deanna “Dee” Moore of Edmore lost the fight on Feb. 8, 2011.

After a collaborative effort, Montcalm Community College received $200,000 from the state to go toward the completion of Yellow Jacket Drive. Pictured, from left, are  MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston, MCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Sen. Judy Emmons, Rep. Rick Outman, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Community College receives $200,000 from state for new road

State Rep. Rick Outman held a press conference Tuesday to discuss funding of Yellow Jack Drive in Greenville — and to present the college with a $200,000 check. When Montcalm Community College (MCC) started the process for construction on its new Greenville campus, ideas arose on how to utilize the partial road of Yellow Jacket Drive.

Marilyn Totzkay of Crystal, wearing the shirt with the American flag and the words of the U.S. Constitution, listens along with fellow supporters as her husband, Robert Gilman, addresses the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners regarding the Michigan De Jure concept. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

A new day in Michigan? Group delivers history lesson at board meeting

About 20 people attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to make a statement about “the original Constitutional jurisdiction of Michigan, a free and independent state.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, Robert Gilman and his wife, Marilyn Totzkay, both of Crystal, read portions of a lengthy statement, as did Randy Esch of Stanton. The group did not make any formal request of the commissioners.

Ron Farrell retired June 30 after serving Montabella Community Schools for a total of 41 years. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella says goodbye to longtime leader, welcomes new superintendent

Montabella Community Schools is bidding farewell to longtime Superintendent Ron Farrell as two new faces fill administrative vacancies. Shelly Millis is leaving her position as Montabella Elementary School principal to assume the superintendent vacancy, while Brad Reyburn is taking over as elementary principal.

Edmore's Deb Boerma has been pretty handle working under the hood of her vehicles since she was 12, when her stepfather taught her auto maintenance on the family's tractor.

REVVED UP: Edmore’s Boerma knows the ‘mechanics’ of saving a buck

Deb Boerma has been working on cars so long she can usually identify the size of a bolt simply by looking at it. Boerma grew up on a farm and has always loved being outside. Rather than being in the confines of the house, she learned at age 11 to drive a tractor. By age 12, she was handy with tools and could always be found tinkering under the hood of the tractor, taking to heart the advice her stepfather gave her that if she was going to learn to drive, she was also going to learn to fix the vehicles she drove.