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MAKING THE GRADE: Some facts to help explain the Common Core state standards

The education community has a habit of using terms or phrases with the assumption that everyone understands them as well as they do. One example is Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Educators across the country have been working hard to implement CCSS and there appears to be general consensus of support for them. However, there have also been myths about what they are and how they impact students. I am using information published by the Michigan Department of Education and provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards to dispel some of those myths and help parents and citizens understand CCSS.


OUR VIEW: Is it time for tolls on some roads?

Who’s gonna get the money? It’s expected that the state of Michigan might well have a few hundred million in surplus revenue in this year’s budget … and the competitors for a share of the bonus are already lining up.


Sumner house complete loss after Wednesday blaze

A Crystal-area home is a complete loss after an early morning blaze burned for hours before 911 was called. The Crystal Township Fire Department was dispatched at 3:31 a.m. Wednesday to 11859 E. Spencer Road, Sumner, located in Crystal Township.


Boyer Road mobile home fire contained to room

A mobile home in Fairplain Township sustained damage Wednesday after a morning fire. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 10:21 a.m. to 1736 Boyer Road on the report of a structure fire.

A sign listing the price of unleaded gasoline in Belding is listed at $4.29 on Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Region’s underperforming refineries cause of rising gas prices

As Belding resident Steve Hunt watched the numbers climb while he filled his truck with gasoline Wednesday afternoon, he had but one thing to say. “It’s ridiculous!” he exclaimed. “I haven’t seen prices this high before, and I drive every day.”

Duane Lyons

CC-C High School has new principal

Carson City-Crystal High School has a new principal. The school board voted Tuesday, May 28, to hire Duane Lyons to replace Devin Pringle, who is taking over the district’s alternative and adult education program. Lyons is currently the principal of Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch. He is expected to start working for CC-C on July 1, pending background checks according to Superintendent Kevin Murphy.


Funeral Notices for June 7, 2013

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Lakeview senior Katie Johnson moves the ball away from a defender and looks to make a pass during a game this year. Johnson was one of four Wildcats to earn first team CSAA honors.

Lakeview soccer has four earn first team honors

The Lakeview Wildcats soccer team featured just four seniors and three juniors this season. Despite the youth, and the fact one of their seniors (Megan Leach) was out all season because of injury, the Wildcats managed to finish the year 11-5-1. Lakeview finished second in the CSAA behind Newyago and lost to regional finalist Grand Rapids Catholic Central (plays Muskegon Oakridge in regional final tonight at Big Rapids) in the district tournament.


Greenville golfers 11th at regional

Greenville’s boys golf team had to shoot some pretty low scores to be one of the three teams to qualify for the state Division 2 finals. The scores weren’t low enough, as the Yellow Jackets shot 350 to finish 11th out of 12 teams at Diamond Springs Golf Course. The Yellow Jackets finished ahead of Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s 353.


Funeral Notices for June 8, 2013

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