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Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.

Judge Donald Hemingsen

GUEST VIEW: Montcalm County commissioners are playing politics

This letter is prompted by my receipt of letters from the Montcalm County controller(-administrator Robert Clingenpeel) to court employees who have been terminated or had their hours reduced.

The letters claim that these terminations are “absolutely the final option available to the board.” I believe this to be false.

The Stanton City Commission has been attempting to update the city’s website to include more pictures and be more personalized. Stanton originally contracted with Revize to make the changes, but they canceled the contract during Tuesday night’s meeting due to a lack of progress.

Stanton cancels contract for website due to no progress

The Stanton City Commission has been attempting to update the city’s website, but after months of getting nowhere, the commission decided cancel the contract. Stanton contracted with Revize in Troy in May for $1,850.

Firefighters from the Stanton Community, Sheridan Community and Crystal Township fire departments were able to successfully contain a structure fire in Evergreen Township to one bedroom Wednesday, saving the home. No one was injured on scene. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly knock down fire and save Stanton-area home

Thanks to a quick response from firefighters, a Stanton-area home remains standing with damage limited to one room. At approximately 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, Sheryl Stewart had just returned to her home at 2851 Evergreen Road when she noticed smoke coming from the east end of her home. She called 911, and soon firefighters from the Stanton Community Fire Department were on scene.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 29, 2016

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Ally Carew, 12, and Devin Toman, right, 13, work on making cards for a child at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital during a service learning class at Belding Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School adds newspaper writing, service learning classes

Belding Middle School students have been given the chance to try out some different classes this academic year.

In an effort to expose students to a variety of options, some new classes have been added to the curriculum. Two of these classes are newspaper writing and service learning, which are both taught by Jennifer Dispirito.

Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach, right, leads a group of runners, including teammate Astrid Aarestrup (623), during the O-K Silver jamboree Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding’s boys, girls finish in third place at own cross country conference jamboree

Belding’s boys cross country team moved up the O-K Silver standings with their latest performance at home Tuesday.

The Redskin boys finished third at the conference jamboree they hosted at Lightning Bend Park. Belding scored 73 points, which trailed Grandville Calvin Christian (26) and Hopkins (68).

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Bob Naumann and Trustee Jason Anderson, discuss the current status of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority during the board’s Sept. 14 meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal DDA re-evaluating after 3 members resign

Only this past May, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) were beaming with enthusiasm over local plans and improvements.

Now the organization finds itself preparing to restructure.

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PERSONALLY SPEAKING: A legacy of local news

Today would have been my dad’s 79th birthday. And while he’s not here to enjoy all the things like cards and presents and my mom’s homemade cheesecake to mark his special day, he is still very much celebrated.

Often I find myself sitting in front of my computer at the paper trying to channel him, looking for guidance on a particular decision or wondering what he would do if he was walking in my shoes on any given day. Mostly I wonder what he would think about the way the world has changed today — particularly the world of news. And what he would want me to do in response to those changes.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 28, 2016

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