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Funeral Notices for Saturday, May 23, 2015

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Cory Smith

Smith takes 3 firsts in Associated Press awards

For the second straight year, The Daily News has been recognized as one of Michigan’s top three newspapers with a daily circulation under 10,000.
Staff Writer Cory Smith’s six awards, including three first places, led the way for The Daily News at Sunday’s Michigan Associated Press Media Editors association annual convention in Lansing.

Belding High School senior Lydia Humphreys receives her diploma and a hug from her father and Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys

Belding High School graduates 135

They were there when the walls came down, when bulldozers rumbled through, shook the halls and classrooms, and paved a new path to a bigger and better school. Like the high school they attended, which they saw transform before their eyes, the Belding High School class of 2015 has now transformed, as well.

Salutatorian Megan Ford dared her classmates to be good people during Grattan Academy Charter High School's commencement ceremony. (Daily News | Brad Klosner)

Grattan Academy High School graduates 18 seniors

After 13 years of schooling, the seniors of Grattan Academy Charter High School finally threw their hats up in the air. The 18 seniors of the Class of 2015 celebrated their graduation commencement Wednesday evening. In a lighthearted ceremony filled with laughter and a few tears, family and friends filled the stands in the gymnasium of the school to send their sons, daughters, friends and neighbors a farewell as they walk into the world as adults.

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Funeral Notices for May 22, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, May 22, 2015

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EZ Mart zoning request approved

No one ever expected so much MUD to be slung during a Greenville City Council meeting … except the Planning Commission, that is.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Council acted on a Planning Commission recommendation to approve amendments to the Mixed Use District (MUD) zoning ordinance. The amendments were made as a direct result of an expansion project at the site of the EZ Mart Mobil gas station.

Belding High School seniors and triplets, from left Danielle Rode, Harley Rode and MacKenzie Rode, will be graduating today near the top of their class after spending the past four years of high school together, bonded together by their closeness for one another. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Triplets showcase embodiment of family atmosphere at Belding High School

From fairytales to Hollywood movies, there’s a saying some writers and directors abide by called “the rule of three.” Some suggest it implies that when things are grouped together in threes, the results are bound to be more humorous, satisfying and effective. It’s also a principle that the Rode sisters, while maybe not intentionally, have been proving true since they were all born just four minutes apart. Mark and Wendy Rode welcomed their triplets into the world 18 years ago. Today, Harley, Danielle and MacKenzie will be graduating from Belding High School with a pedigree of accomplishments that would make any parent proud.

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JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

Last year's Miss Sheridan Springfest Alexis Bannister, at left, is pictured with this year's candidates Lindsey Olge, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger, front. The pageant is 7 p.m. tonight at the Sheridan VFW. — Courtesy photo

Springfest returns to Sheridan for Memorial Day weekend

This village’s annual Springfest is returning with a combination of popular favorites and new events. The Memorial Day festival will kick off with a pageant at 7 p.m. tonight at the VFW Hall. Candidates are Lindsey Olger, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger.

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Central Montcalm school board considers certificates for CI students

One day after graduating its class of 2015, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education turned its focus on to the next school year. On Monday night, the school board discussed issuance of certificates of completion and next school year’s budget. Rather than receiving a diploma for graduating, students who have severe cognitive learning impairments often receive a certificate of completion, Superintendent Amy Meinhardt explained.