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‘Diverse and invaluable’ Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant retires

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is saying farewell to one of its finest. Steve Russell worked his last day on the job Friday and then hung up his hat after 31 years. Sgt. Brian Waber will be promoted to lieutenant to fill Russell’s position.

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Central Montcalm Elementary School has new principal

Amy Meinhardt currently serves as special education coordinator and technology curriculum coordinator of Central Montcalm Public School. She is taking on another role after the school board unanimously voted Thursday to name her principal of Central Montcalm Elementary School in Sheridan.

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Funeral Notices – June 1, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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Dave Camp to speak at Republican dinner June 15

The Montcalm County Republican Party will be welcoming U.S. Congressman Dave Camp to the Annual Lincoln Day Event, to be held Saturday, June 15. Camp is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington D.C. He is the representative for the 4th Congressional District of Michigan, which is headquartered in Midland.

Juanita Butler, who at 98 is retiring from the Foster Grandparent Program at Lakeview Middle School, was recently honored with a party for her 14 years of service. She is seen here with middle school principal Tim Erspamer.

‘Grandma’ Butler retires from foster grandparent program

Some people see retirement as a chance to finally kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime’s labors. Then there’s Juanita Butler, who at age 98, recently “retired” from mentoring Lakeview Middle School students. She didn’t go willingly; it took a serious bout of pneumonia in December to slow her down.

Brooklyn Weimer

Greenville child abuse victim has new legal father

A Greenville toddler who suffered life-threatening abuse injuries has a new legal father — her biological father who is serving a lengthy prison term. Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins, both 26 and both of Greenville, were each charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse of Slater’s 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn Weimer, who has been hospitalized since March 24 with severe abdominal and brain injuries.

Graduating Lakeview High School senior Angela Krul, who started her academic career as a special education student, will be going on to Baker College to study for a career in veterinary medicine.

Lakeview’s Angela Krul plans career as veterinarian assistant

Angela Krul doesn’t say much. Even those who know her say they don’t know her well.

Ina Klussendorf, of Germany, who was one of the first foreign exchange students to attend Greenville Public Schools, is back in Greenville to attend the Greenville Alumni Banquet on Saturday for her 50th reunion.

First Greenville High School exchange student returns for 50th reunion

A student exchange program was developed in the 1960s to help build friendship all around the world in hopes of discouraging the younger generation from starting wars with each other in the future.

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Local girls prepare for Miss Michigan pageants

Two young women in two different organizations are preparing for two different contests, yet they each have one goal — to come away with the crown.

Belding’s Veronica Muniz, left, kicks the ball before Tri County’s Lauren Olsen can get to it during the Division 3 district semifinal Thursday.

Districts: Tri County survives Belding; Lakeview ends season with 11-5-1 record

Tri County’s girls soccer team fought off a tough opponent Thursday, as the Vikings moved on to play in the Division 3 district tournament. The Vikings survived a close game against Belding, winning 4-3.