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Greenville native receives military honors

When Greenville native Tim Ritter is called to serve his country, he will always step up to the plate.

So when Ritter, a Naval contracting officer division chief, was asked by a friend to join a Department of Defense for the United States Army mission to Afghanistan with a goal of dwindling down the number of private contractors in the area so more troops could come home, he didn’t hesitate to sign up.

Vestaburg’s Janelle Rons delivers a pitch during a game last season. The Wolverines are 25-8 and ranked sixth in Division 4.

Vestaburg focusing on one thing for regionals

Vestaburg’s softball team is going into somewhat uncharted territory on Saturday. The Wolverines will go to Holton for the Division 4 regionals. That’s not so important.

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42nd annual Frontier Days festivities underway in Carson City (Photo Gallery)

The 42nd annual Frontier Days festival is underway this weekend in Carson City.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during a round last year as a freshman. Balhorn qualified as a sophomore for the Division 4 state finals.

Montabella’s Balhorn reaches state finals

Josh Balhorn is just a sophomore. Regardless of his age, the Montabella golfer has displayed enough skill this year to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state golf finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek today and Saturday.

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Central Montcalm names interim superintendent

Amy Meinhardt may be starting a fashion trend for the Central Montcalm Public School district. Meinhardt currently wears three hats in her roles as special education coordinator, technology coordinator and half-time Central Montcalm Elementary School principal.

A fourth hat was added at a special meeting Wednesday night as the school board voted unanimously to name Meinhardt as interim superintendent.

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Central Montcalm Public School votes against privatizing noninstructional services

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted against outsourcing noninstructional services at their May 28 meeting.

In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Mike Barnwell absent, the board voted against privatization and discussed other options for the delivery of non-instructional services.

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Funeral Notices for June 5, 2014

Read funeral notices for Friday, June 5, 2014.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A happy, sad time

May and June are emotional times for graduates and their families. Students are anxious to graduate and move on to an uncertain future. But this is also the time when they face separation from not only their families but from classmates and friends and the familiar routine of school.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

Lakeview’s Jon Wandel hits a shot during his junior season last year. Wandel is competing Friday and Saturday in the Division 3 golf state finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.

Lakeview’s Wandel ready for golf state finals

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.