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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A more productive vision of education

Readers of this column will not be surprised to hear me say that I am not a fan of standardized testing. Of course, I believe we need to assess the work of students and of course, I believe we must hold teachers accountable for their work. But I have long believed that the obsession with testing for the purpose of punishing teachers is off the mark. And I have found someone who agrees and says it much more eloquently than I.

Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines speaks on the topic of consolidating Crystal Township’s 18 drains into one at Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting.

Plans considered to consolidate drains in Crystal

This township is one of a kind, at least when it comes to water drains. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines asked board members to assist her with her request to simplify the township’s excessive drain system.

Recently, the Greenville Recreation Department was awarded a $4,768 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for equipment for the city’s gymnastics program. Top priority for the department was a carpeted floor mat geared specifically for gymnastics. (Courtesy photos)

With help from a $4,768 grant, Greenville recreation department adds gymnastics equipment

Over the past three years, the Greenville Recreational Department’s gymnastics program has grown dramatically.
It has enrolled so many students (around 400 per year), it added a toddler tumbler program, added a kindergarten class and now offers classes year round. The program serves children from 18 months old up through middle school.

Orange flags that line M-57 outside of Greenville detail the track in which underground cables for communications company AT&T is installing new service cables. The project is part of $1.7 million invested in bettering local networks in Michigan.

AT&T installing new fiber optic in Greenville

It’s hard not to notice the streak of small orange flags lined along M-57, west of Greenville, flapping in the wind.


Belding manager’s evaluation coming Tuesday

Regular city business of the Belding City Council will occur Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding, but the topic likely to attract the attention of the public is the evaluation of City Manager Meg Mullendore.


Funeral Notices for Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon near Greenville. Officials from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident that occurred on South Greenville Road north of Colby Road around 1:06 p.m. - Courtesy photo

JUST IN: 3 injured in 2-vehicle crash near Greenville

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon near Greenville.

Belding High School freshman Dominic Francisco, 15, uses his iPad to scan a QR code square Wednesday afternoon at the Alvah N. Belding Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students make use of iPads in library quest

For visitors of the Alvah N. Belding Library on Wednesday, Dominic Francisco was a curious sight to behold. The Belding High School freshman wandered up and down the building’s many corridors, filled with books from end to end, searching diligently from A to Z.

A total of 324 runners participated in last year’s Yellow Jacket Challenge. This year’s run is slated for April 27 in Greenville. — File photo

Yellow Jacket Challenge to be even bigger and better this year

Only 174 runners took part in the first Yellow Jacket Challenge, held in 2008. Last year’s event saw 324 runners — 158 women and 166 men — with the youngest runner being only 7 and the oldest 71.


Funeral Notices for April 11, 2014

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