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A total of 324 runners participated in last year’s Yellow Jacket Challenge. This year’s run is slated for April 27 in Greenville. — File photo

Yellow Jacket Challenge to be even bigger and better this year

Only 174 runners took part in the first Yellow Jacket Challenge, held in 2008. Last year’s event saw 324 runners — 158 women and 166 men — with the youngest runner being only 7 and the oldest 71.

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Montcalm Township prepares for spring by setting tasks

Spring is here and that means a bevy of tidying up to do for municipalities. The Montcalm Township Board knocked out one spring task after the other at Wednesday’s meeting as they addressed lawn care, road work and an overall township cleanup.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.

Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

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Abused Greenville girl remains in the care of court

A Greenville child remains under court jurisdiction as her mother continues to work toward regaining custody. Brooklyn Weimer, now 3, was hospitalized on March 24, 2013, with severe abdominal and brain injuries after being in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

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JUST IN: Elderly woman located after going missing overnight

An 81-year-old female with dementia went missing from her home in this township for more than 14 hours before she was found walking in Kent County over the weekend.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the woman’s family that she was missing after last being seen around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while picking up sticks near her home.

A group of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District special education adults pose after completing a work project at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

MAISD helps special education adults plan for life after school

Have you heard the term “transition”?

Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.

Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.

After 35 years in education — the last 23 with Greenville Public Schools  — Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissett is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Longtime educator steps down from Greenville Public Schools

Although she was more than 1,000 miles from where she grew up, Diane Brissett felt at home.

“Within 20 minutes I felt like I had come home and I belonged here,” said Brisset in her assistant superintendent office in Greenville on Friday. “That never changed. This is a great community and a great district with great kids.”

The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant earned high honors from the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was named system of the year following its large expansion. Pictured, from left, are facility operator Tim Foster, plant supervisor Shawn Wheat, Mayor John Hoppough, project engineer Steve Williams and Michigan Rural Water Association Vice President Bob Masters. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville honored for its wastewater treatment

The city was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was given the Wastewater Treatment Utility of the Year award. The city was acknowledged by the water association Tuesday for its large upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant which expanded its processing capabilities, added a bio oxidation tower and installed a ground-mounted solar system to offset electrical costs at the plant.