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Multiple classes eliminated at Vestaburg Community Schools

Vestaburg Community School students will not have the option of taking technology classes this autumn after the school board voted to eliminate multiple classes to help balance the budget.

Greenville varsity football players celebrate a 43-12 victory against the Belding Redskins Friday night — Daily News/Andy Kraft

Greenville pulls away in second half, defeats Belding 43-12

The Greenville Yellow Jackets couldn’t have asked for a better start in their new home, Legacy Field. Facing longtime rival Belding, the Yellow Jackets scored just 1:20 into the game on a six-yard touchdown run by running back Miguel Nieto. The score was set up by a bad Belding snap on a punt deep in the Redskins’ zone.

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Legacy Field opens to a packed house

There were tents, grills, food, music and more. That was just before the game. Fans from both Greenville and Belding arrived early and were ready for the annual rivalry between the two longtime rivals, with the buzz as big as a college football game.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep results from Friday, Aug. 24

Saugatuck 31, Montabella 20: The Mustangs fell to the Indians in the season-opener Friday. Quarterback Brady Burggren was 13-for-21 for 181 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran six times for 45 yards…

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Defense pulls Lakeview to 24-8 win vs. Mohawks

The Lakeview Wildcats’ defense made sure the team got off on the right foot from the starting gate of the 2012 season, forcing six Morley Stanwood turnovers in a 24-8 win over the Mohawks Friday night, the Wildcat’s first game of the season. “I thought our defense did an outstanding job,” Lakeview coach Guenther Mittelstaedt said.

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Lakeview author pens fourth children’s book

The milky-white whorls of October mist holding court over the early-morning waters of Tamarack Lake are a thing of beauty and an endless fascination for those lucky enough to live there. Deep in the low-lying fog, images of mythical beasts, unicorns, maybe, are easily conjured into existence and the imagination runs free, untethered from the dull pragmatism of real life. For the geese who call the lake home during the summer months, the fog also signals the time to move on has come. The south beckons with its siren song and the long flight to warmer climes waits close at hand. It is from this annual autumnal ritual that local author Dallas Lincoln drew inspiration for his most recent children’s book, “Gladys, the Tamarack Goose (That was Left Behind).”

On Wednesday, the West Michigan Virtual School had touch-screen computers installed in its building. Teacher Dan Hodges tests one of the computers as it is being installed. — Courtesy photo

Greenville students can now dual enroll in ‘virtual school’

Greenville Public Schools is breaking boundaries by partnering with Berrien Springs Public Schools to teach outside the traditional classroom. Starting this year, Greenville will be offering a West Michigan Virtual School through the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy. The school will be located on 8153 Satterlee Road in Greenville. “It’s a true partnership,” said Superintendent Pete Haines.

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Greenville Planning Commission looks at developing hospital district

The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps to check off items on the master plan. During Thursday night’s meeting, members discussed ways to develop the hospital district in Greenville.

Ian Baese, 18, of Carson City, represented Montcalm County in dressage riding and won the Reserve Grand Championship in that discipline. He also had the highest individual riding test score out of the 40 riders entered. In addition, he placed fifth in hunt seat equitation for 18-year-olds. — Courtesy photo

Carson City teen wins at MSU horse show

Michigan State University hosted about 550 riders in the 2012 Michigan State 4-H Horse Show from Aug. 17-19 at the MSU Pavilion. Riders from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula previously qualified through their county’s 4-H horse shows.

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OUR VIEW: What is the solution for unstable gas prices?

Energy, from fossil fuels, nuclear, or wind or sun, is the unquestioned source of what keeps humans alive, and moves us to a better living. America has historically consumed an inordinate amount of the world’s energy resources, and continues to do so. But many others now want a life similar to ours, and they are quite capable of competing, in the capitalistic sense, to achieve their goals.