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CC-C grad keeps family’s tradition of military service going

While other students were making the decision of where to attend college or submitting resumes for summer jobs, Shania Stearns had already set herself on specific career path.

Balloons float across the farm fields outside Carson City during the 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out during Carson City’s Frontier Days festival on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Balloonists take to the air in 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out (Photos)

There are few people in this world who can say they got high on the job and get away with it. However, when it comes to getting high while working, no one gets higher than hot air balloon pilots … quite literally thousands of feet high.

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Superintendent Pete Haines leaving Greenville

Sometimes “goodbye” is the most difficult phrase in the English language. Especially when saying goodbye to a trusted and valued leader. Greenville must say goodbye to one of its leaders in the upcoming weeks. Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines will be leaving the district. As of Friday, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) extended an offer to Haines to become the next superintendent of the district. Haines said he has verbally accepted the position, which is expected to begin in July.

The students of the Ombudsman class of 2015 were officially graduates following their commencement on Wednesday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Ombudsman Alternative Education celebrates commencement

For many, it was a long hard road, full of twists and turns, with an uncertain ending. But make it to the end they did. As of Wednesday night, eight students from the Ombudsman Alternative Education program can officially call themselves graduates.

After 20 years as Carson City-Crystal Middle School principal and 25 total years with the school district, Charles “Chuck” Larkins is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Middle School principal retires after 20 years

As the school year ends, everyone from students to teachers is eager for summer vacation to start. At the sound of the final bell, students will joyfully embrace their summer freedom. Teachers … well, they’ll likely do the same.

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Funeral Notices for June 5, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, June 5, 2015

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Students from the Virtual Learning Center wait patiently for their diplomas at commencement exercises Tuesday evening. This year’s graduating class included 55 students from Greenville, Central Montcalm, Ionia, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school systems. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

55 virtual learners get diplomas

If you build it they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the movie, “Field of Dreams” and it seems to be working for the Berrien Springs Public Schools & Success Virtual Learning Center, which graduated its class of 2015 on Tuesday evening at Greenville High School.

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Greenville City Council approves annual Items for Accomplishment

When it comes to dreaming big, the Greenville City Council sets its sights high. During Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved an Items for Accomplishment (IFA) list for the fiscal year of 2015-2016. The list of 30 items basically highlights various projects, initiatives and desires the city would like to accomplish during the fiscal next year.

Drivers commute along S. Bridge Street on Wednesday afternoon through downtown Belding. The entirety of the street will go through a complete reconstruction beginning in 2016. The project will cost more than $1 million, with $750,000 in funding provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding plans to reconstruct Bridge Street in 2016-2017

This community’s busiest city street is now on the path to receive a complete overhaul. Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to accept a resolution to support the city’s submission of an application for the reconstruction of S. Bridge Street for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Seven vehicles at County Line Auto were struck after a van left the road way on Thursday.

JUST IN: Van leaves roadway, strikes seven parked vehicles

It was a rough afternoon at County Line Auto. Around 1:30 p.m., a van traveling south on M-91 lost control and ran off the east side of the road. After leaving the roadway, the van struck seven vehicles parked outside of County Line Auto.