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Campers glide over the open water in canoes as part of their activities at Optimist Camp. — Courtesy photo

It was the summer of 1964 and for the first time Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See opened its doors to the special education students of the Greenville area. It offered them the experience of camping, the chance to meet new people, and most importantly it gave them a chance to have fun in the great outdoors. The brainchild of Jerry Hansen, a then special education teacher in Greenville, Wah-Wah-Tay-See, now known as Optimist Camp, brought in eight students the first summer.

UPDATE: Trio on the run after stabbing, carjacking, assault and robbery

Posted in: Local, Local Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A trio with local ties are on the run after their alleged involvement in a stabbing in Wyoming, a carjacking in Greenville and another stabbing in Mount Clemens.

A nationwide manhunt is underway for Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, July 19th, 2014

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

Posted in: News Top Story, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, S.Slider Friday, July 18th, 2014

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

Sports
Greenville’s Eric Plate leaps over the goal line to score for the Yellow Jackets during their 7-on-7 matchup against Ludington on Tuesday night at Legacy Field in Greenville.

It definitely felt like football season. It’s just mid-July, but with temperatures in the mid-60s, a bout of rain and constant changing between overcast and sunny skies, it felt more like mid-September.

Whitecap makes good with second chance

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As the name of Wynton Bernard echoes through the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark, his purposeful jog out to take his position in the outfield is something that is sure to not lose its significance to him or the fans any time soon. As the youngest of three sons to Walter and Janet Bernard, the Poway, Calif. native’s journey to pursue the game of baseball became a family affair from the beginning.

Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Mahorn visits Grand Rapids to promote Drive

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, July 18th, 2014

Rick Mahorn has seen a lot of NBA basketball in his time. First as a member of the Detroit Pistons, then as the Pistons’ radio analyst alongside Mark Champion, Mahorn has spent a long time in basketball.

West Michigan Whitecaps keep clicking at Fifth Third Ballpark

Posted in: Sports Thursday, July 17th, 2014

COMSTOCK PARK — The West Michigan Whitecaps picked up right where they left off at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday night, continuing their stellar play at home with a 4-2 win over the Peoria Chiefs in front of an excited crowd of 7,249 to kick-off a six-game homestand. After nearly two weeks on the road, [...]

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  • Greenville schools renew admin contracts

    Thursday, July 17th, 2014
    Posted in: Local

    Annual housekeeping was the main agenda at Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night. The six board members in attendance voted to renew two-year administrative contracts to Korie Crawford, John Gilchrist, Mary Beth Taylor, Brian Zdanowski, Leigh Acker, Jack Gilbert, Todd Boyer, Susan Ayres, Gretchen Baarman, Michelle Blaszczynski, Mike Walsh, Linda Van Houten, Ken Poor, Ron Hofmann, Kathy Bresnahan and Leanne Eyer.

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  • City of Greenville agrees to language change in residency regulations

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Posted in: Greenville

    This city’s council approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which will make it easier for upstairs rental units.

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  • Greenville continues football preparation

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Posted in: High School, Sports Top News

    It definitely felt like football season. It’s just mid-July, but with temperatures in the mid-60s, a bout of rain and constant changing between overcast and sunny skies, it felt more like mid-September.

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  • CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Apparently there were too many NHL games that went into shootouts, and they wanted to do something about it. Enter the American Hockey League, which contains teams that are the No. 1 affiliate of the NHL teams.

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