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Washington Club preparing for 150th annual gathering

The Washington Club began in 1866, when John and Eliza Ashley of Grattan Township invited several other couples to celebrate the birth of America’s premiere founding father.

The Ashleys would likely be surprised and pleased to learn the club is going strong 150 years later.

From left, Deputy Dave Fenby, Officer David Osborne, Warden Cathy Stoddard and Deputy Laura Krick stand together to recognize Osborne for being recognized as the Carson City Correctional Facility Officer of the Year. — Courtesy photo

Carson City prison names Corrections Officer of the Year

Growing up in Hubbardston and working on a dairy farm, David Osborne never imagined his career would veer too far away from the life on the pasture he had known since birth.

Twenty-seven years later of service in work as a corrections officer, Osborne has received the distinguished honor of Carson City Correctional Facility Officer of the Year.


OUR VIEW: FOIA reform, health department merger and state roads

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley stepped in as pinch-hitter to deliver the annual Michigan Press Association convention speech Friday on behalf of Gov. Rick Snyder, who is recovering from a blood clot.

In a tone that sounded more like he was explaining things to a room full of friends than one that sounded like a rehearsed and repeated speech, Calley outlined some of the top priorities for the governor’s office this year.

On Wednesday, the Greenville Public Schools administration was informed by the Mid-Michigan District Health Department of a confirmed case of whooping cough at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Whooping cough cases identified at two Greenville schools

A contagious and debilitating disease was confirmed at two schools in the Greenville area this week.


Lakeview High School educator is Teacher of the Year finalist

Katharine Andersen wants to be a voice for rural school districts. If the Lakeview High School teacher wins this year’s Teacher of the Year award, she’ll have her platform.

She intends to make the most of it.


Lakeview schools could get new surveillance cameras

It may seem like a page out of Orwell’s “1984,” but the truth is new surveillance equipment being considered at Lakeview Community Schools is all about student safety.

The high school’s current video surveillance system is dated and not particularly effective in identifying suspects or vehicles, according to Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood. This has proven problematic in the past when it comes to acts of vandalism and other crimes on school property.

The Belding robotics program, which includes students at both Belding High School and Belding Middle School, will compete with seven robotics in Saturday’s Belding Robotics Tournament in Redskin Arena at the high school. — File photo

Belding robotics team to compete in home tournament Saturday

The Belding High School robotics program is witnessing another year of unparalleled success. On Saturday, that success will be on display for all to see.

Students from both Belding High School and Belding Middle School will compete in the Belding Robotics Tournament in Redskin Arena at the high school, with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. and elimination matches taking place at 1:45 p.m. after qualification matches are completed.

Carson City-Crystal’s Regan Heckman, white jersey, gets off a shot as four Coleman players converge on her Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal knocks off Coleman, maintains MSAC lead

A close game between Carson City-Crystal and Coleman turned into a big win for the Eagles. The Eagles led by one at the half, but ended up blowing out the Comets 43-21, keeping CC-Crystal at the top of the Mid-State Activities Conference on Thursday night.

From left, Greenville’s Eric Plate, Chase Harrington and Steve Eipper signed their Letter of Intent to play college football on Wednesday. Plate will play for Grand Valley State, Harrington for Northwood University and Eipper for Central Michigan University. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville trio signs to play college football

For the second time in five years, the Greenville High School football program had three players from one class sign to play at the next level. On Wednesday, Steve Eipper (Central Michigan), Chase Harrington (Northwood) and Eric Plate (Grand Valley State) signed Letters of Intent to play football in college.

Belding’s Bryce Wilker prior to the 2014 high school football season. Wilker signed his letter of intent to play for Michigan State University on Wednesday. - Courtesy photo/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s Bryce Wilker signs letter with MSU

Bryce Wilker is a Michigan State Spartan. The Belding High School senior realized his dream of playing college football when he signed his Letter of Intent to play for Michigan State University on Wednesday.