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Mike Kamps, owner of H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, fills up one of his business vehicles with natural gas. His plumbing business is the only privately owned business in the state that operates its vehicles on natural gas, according to him. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: H&H Plumbing owner is proponent of natural gas use for vehicles

When one of Mike Kamps’ vehicles leave the lot of his business, H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, they’re leaving behind a lot less than most trucks, vans or cars; less fumes, less expense, less wear and tear on the vehicles themselves.


Funeral Notices for April 5, 2014

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2 Tri County teachers resign amid computer investigation

Two Tri County High School teachers resigned in the midst of a school investigation regarding alleged inappropriate computer usage.

Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings confirmed Maureen Baker and Jeff Ells resigned in January. School officials had been investigating Baker and Ells since last October.

The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant earned high honors from the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was named system of the year following its large expansion. Pictured, from left, are facility operator Tim Foster, plant supervisor Shawn Wheat, Mayor John Hoppough, project engineer Steve Williams and Michigan Rural Water Association Vice President Bob Masters. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville honored for its wastewater treatment

The city was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was given the Wastewater Treatment Utility of the Year award. The city was acknowledged by the water association Tuesday for its large upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant which expanded its processing capabilities, added a bio oxidation tower and installed a ground-mounted solar system to offset electrical costs at the plant.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas checks levels related to the city’s water system. Thomas was selected as the 2014 Michigan Rural Water Association “Man of the Year.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding DPW director named Rural Water Association Man of the Year

Ernie Thomas has always been one to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s patching a pothole on a hot summer evening or driving a snowplow in the early hours of a winter morning, his personal engine is always running with a goal to finish the job. A lifelong Belding resident, he’s worked for the Belding Department of Public Works (DPW) for 39 years, having started in August of 1974, and has served as the department director since April of 1996.

Brandon Hubbard

Vestaburg picks interim superintendent

This district’s high school principal has been named interim superintendent for the coming school year. Jeff Beal resigned as superintendent last month, effective June 30, to take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools.


Funeral Notices for April 4, 2014

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Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy forced to shut its doors at end of school year

Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, will shut its doors at the end of this school year as its overseer decided not to renew its contract. Central Michigan University’s Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools notified the academy Monday it will no longer authorize the school after June 30, citing low Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores and declining enrollment. Threshold, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Collaboration is more powerful than competition

On March 28, I had the privilege of attending an event to roll out the Reading Now Network. This is an initiative in which more than 90 school districts and Intermediate School Districts in Region 3 of Michigan, including all districts in our Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, have joined to address the concern that too many of our students do not learn how to read by third grade.

After the recent credit card hack at Carson Village Market in Bloomer Township, people took notes to help prevent themselves of future attacks on their identity during Wednesday evening’s identity theft seminar at Carson City Public Library.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Seminar informs local residents on dangers of identity theft

A lost wallet, a false credit card purchase or a fraudulent bank transaction. The list of examples of identity theft is long and serious, and the consequences of it can be devastating if the right steps aren’t taken to be protected. That’s why Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, chose to host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at Carson City Public Library to inform residents of the dangers of identity theft.