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Funeral Notices – Dec. 13, 2013

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Education has to be a partnership

This past week, Susan J. Demas wrote a column that came down very hard on parents. She took them to task for not keeping up on their end of the bargain when it comes to educating their children. She said, “Forget blaming teachers. Blame the parents.”


OUR VIEW: Montcalm Alliance millage needs to slow down

On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are set to decide whether to approve a request from a subcommittee of the Montcalm Alliance to enact a new millage increase to help economic development in our area — without putting it to a vote of the people.


Montcalm Alliance millage proposal in hands of county commissioners

Another word for alliance is accord, meaning to be in harmony. But not everyone is singing the same tune when it comes to an economic development millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Dec. 11

Central wins a pair: The Green Hornets went to Williamston Wednesday night and won both of their dual meets, beating Dansville 45-36 and Bath 48-33…

Belding’s Michael Hunter, top, works over Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker during the 112- pound match Wednesday.

Greenville wrestlers go 2-0, stop Redskins, Rams

While Greenville’s wrestling team continued their winning ways at the Rockford quadrangular, Belding’s team went the other way. The Yellow Jackets won both of their matches Wednesday, beating the Redskins 41-28. While they were beating Rockford 38-33, the Redskins lost to Fruitport 42-30.

A house fire Wednesday morning at 3275 Dick Road in Orleans Township was likely caused by a wood stove in the rear of the home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wood stove likely cause of Wednesday morning Orleans Township house fire

Firefighters from four departments worked together Wednesday morning in freezing conditions to extinguish a house fire after a hunter in the woods spotted smoke and flames coming from a residence on Dick Road. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to the fully involved structure fire at 3275 Dick Road, south of Peterson Road, at 8:02 a.m.


MAISD program focuses on ‘food insecure’ children

It may be hard for some to believe, but 26 percent of children living in Montcalm County are “food insecure.” According to Deborah Wagner, who develops grants and special projects for both Montcalm and Ionia counties’ Intermediate School Districts, the problem is widespread and serious.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 12, 2013

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More than 28,000 food items were distributed to 18 food pantries throughout Montcalm County during the annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Challenge Food Drive distributes 28,000 items to pantries

Years ago, the back-stock facilities at the former Meijer grocery store on North Lafayette Street housed thousands of commercial items and various goods that consumers could purchase on a day-to-day basis. Today, those back rooms sit mostly vacant and unused, with the exception of events such as the food drop-off day for the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive.