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In lieu of throwing their caps in the air, graduates from Success Virtual Learning Centers & Berrien Springs Public Schools released balloons to signify their graduation Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

36 local graduates receive diplomas from Success Virtual Learning Centers

The sounds of applause and cheering rang through the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening when 36 graduates walked in, accompanied by the traditional music of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

From left, Judson and Jalen Kilchermann, 17, Marisol and Joel Bucao, 18, and Kimberly and Katrina Buskirk, 17, represent three sets of paternal twins that will be graduating from Montabella High School this Sunday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

3 sets of twins graduating together in Montabella High School class of 2016

After a long and sometimes educationally turbulent four years at Montabella High School, senior Jalen Kilchermann, a funny, caring 17-year-old, appeared to be derailed from the tracks that led to graduating with her fellow classmates this upcoming Sunday. With just a few short months in her final year of high school, she held a failing 11 percent in her chemistry class, a grade that would hold her back from earning a high school diploma.

Michigan Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Kyle Guerrant inspects “zombie retention facilities” that Montabella Elementary School students are building as part of a cross-curricular assignment involving writing, social studies and math. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Department of Education official tours Montabella

Kyle Guerrant didn’t know what to expect as he drove the Isabella-Montcalm county line toward Montabella Community Schools. He almost certainly didn’t expect to find students working to ward off zombies amid the cornfields and gravel roads.

Brett Zuver

Belding principal leaving for Kenowa Hills

Belding High School will have a new principal come the new academic year. The current principal, Brett Zuver, has accepted a job as the principal for Kenowa Hills High School. He will finish out the current academic year in Belding and will start with Kenowa Hills at the start of the next school year.


Funeral Notices for June 1, 2016

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The U.S.S. Edsall DD-219, pictured here in the San Diego harbor in the 1920s, was laid down by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company Sept. 15, 1919 and launched on July 29, 1920, which Norman Edsall's sister, Bessie, attended. The destroyer was commissioned Nov. 26, 1920. She was sunk in February 1942, during World War II, at the hands of Japanese naval vessels, roughly 5,300 miles away from where Norman Edsall was killed in 1899.

Saginaw man’s curiosity leads to heroic war story with local ties

The more you learn about certain parts of history, the more you yearn to know more. That’s how Randy Knepper came to know Norman Edsall, his great-uncle and Greenville native who perished in a small battle in 1899. Although they are separated by 82 years, Knepper, 61, of Saginaw, probably knows more about Norman Edsall than any other living soul today. Unbeknownst to perhaps many Greenville residents, Edsall is a famous name in the U.S. Navy.

Miss Sheridan Springfest 2016 and her court were one of several festival queen entries in Monday's Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Memorial Day parade keeps honor alive (PHOTOS)

In 1942, following the bombing of the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, the United States joined World War II. Hundreds of young men felt the pull of their patriotic duty and went to enlist in the armed forces. John Hansen, then age 23, was one of those.


UPDATE: Lockdown at Belding Area Schools lifted

Schools in the Belding district are currently on external lockdown while the Belding police department searches for a person of interest.


Funeral Notices for May 31, 2016

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Belding community hears parks update

Representatives from the architectural firm SmithGroupJJR of Ann Arbor presented four different plans for revamping parks to Belding community members at a recent meeting. Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell returned to town after gathering information from the public about what they would most like to see during a meeting of Belding’s recreation advisory board in April.