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The White Pine Trail runs north to south from Cadillac to Comstock Park with stops in multiple communities, including downtown Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

White Pine Trail project delayed due to concerns

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has agreed to temporarily delay a work project on the final 40-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park at the request of area legislators who reached out to the DNR on behalf of concerned residents.

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Funeral Notices for June 8, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 8, 2015

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Funeral Notices for June 6, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 6, 2015

Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp dribbles by a defender during summer practice on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm begins prep for basketball season

The Michigan High School Athletic Association allows basketball programs 15 team practices in the month of June. There really isn’t much time to waste if improvement is the goal. That is especially true for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After a senior dominated Central Montcalm team went to the district final in March, the Hornets will be young and inexperienced at the varsity level this coming season.

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Young Montabella golf squad improved

Montabella’s boys golf team was young, noted coach Nichole Howe. But they impressed her with how much they improved.

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CC-C grad keeps family’s tradition of military service going

While other students were making the decision of where to attend college or submitting resumes for summer jobs, Shania Stearns had already set herself on specific career path.

Balloons float across the farm fields outside Carson City during the 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out during Carson City’s Frontier Days festival on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Balloonists take to the air in 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out (Photos)

There are few people in this world who can say they got high on the job and get away with it. However, when it comes to getting high while working, no one gets higher than hot air balloon pilots … quite literally thousands of feet high.

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Superintendent Pete Haines leaving Greenville

Sometimes “goodbye” is the most difficult phrase in the English language. Especially when saying goodbye to a trusted and valued leader. Greenville must say goodbye to one of its leaders in the upcoming weeks. Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines will be leaving the district. As of Friday, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) extended an offer to Haines to become the next superintendent of the district. Haines said he has verbally accepted the position, which is expected to begin in July.

The students of the Ombudsman class of 2015 were officially graduates following their commencement on Wednesday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Ombudsman Alternative Education celebrates commencement

For many, it was a long hard road, full of twists and turns, with an uncertain ending. But make it to the end they did. As of Wednesday night, eight students from the Ombudsman Alternative Education program can officially call themselves graduates.

After 20 years as Carson City-Crystal Middle School principal and 25 total years with the school district, Charles “Chuck” Larkins is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Middle School principal retires after 20 years

As the school year ends, everyone from students to teachers is eager for summer vacation to start. At the sound of the final bell, students will joyfully embrace their summer freedom. Teachers … well, they’ll likely do the same.