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Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

Work continues to proceed on schedule at Bright Start Elementary School in Lakeview. When the school opens for classes this fall, the school will be renamed Lakeview Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Bright Start renamed Lakeview Elementary School

When school begins again next fall, elementary students will again be attending Lakeview Elementary School, but in a new building. The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to rename Bright Start Elementary School in order to reflect the building’s new purpose as the district’s only elementary school.

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Saturday benefit planned for Greenville couple after house fire

When Leroy and Betty Jones watched their Fairplain Township home of 41 years burn to the ground the evening of March 5, they lost not only their home and contents inside, but a lifetime of memories they had built in the community together.

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Funeral Notices – March 21, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, March 21, 2014.

Guest View | Lou Kitchenmaster

GUEST VIEW: Support auto insurance reform; end ‘unlimited’

In 1978, as part of no-fault insurance reform, the Michigan Legislature formed and instituted the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, and has direct responsibility. The rationale was to establish a fund which would pay for serious medical injuries which exceeded a certain dollar amount. To properly finance it, a $3 fee (tax) was assessed per vehicle, with ”unlimited” personal-injury benefits for qualified claimants.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Vote to assure all students the necessary education

Almost 25 years ago a group of educators, parents and other community members spent considerable time developing a mission statement for Greenville Public Schools. The six most important words in the final document, in my opinion, are “assure all students the education necessary.” Those words continue to challenge our school staff every day.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

Army Sgt. Phillip Michmerhuizen of Saranac, a Michigan National Guardsman assigned to the 1073rd Maintenance Company in Greenville, unlocks the M-4 weapon rack at the armory while Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) inspector Chief Warrant Officer Jason Goddard (holding folder) prepares to “grade” Private 1st Class Dustin Fisher of Fennville and Private 1st Class Joshua Radzwion of North Branch as they perform preventive maintenance checks and service on weapons. — Courtesy photo/Master Sgt. Denice Rankin

Greenville’s 1073rd a finalist for Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

The Michigan Army National Guard’s 1073rd Maintenance Company based in Greenville has been selected by the Department of the Army as one of three finalists in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence — the most prestigious award in the military maintenance community.