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OUR VIEW: Comparitively, we have a lot going for us

The Center for Michigan’s highly acclaimed Bridge Report revealed this week that dozens of Michigan cities are facing serious to devastating financial shortages in the foreseeable future. Bridge reported financial viability scores provided by Auburn Hills data consultant Munetrix. Much of the cities’ problems result from a perfect storm: years of increasing pension and health care obligations, in many cases unfunded; coupled with consistent decreases in funding from state revenue sharing. Of course, a decade of shrinking employment exacerbates the issue.

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Greenville man pleads no contest in abuse/neglect case

A man awaiting trial on criminal child abuse charges has pleaded no contest to an abuse/neglect charge in a related civil case. 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 in intensive care since March 24 with severe abdominal and brain injuries.

Graduating Tri County High School senior Patrick Overzet plans to spend the summer working as a mechanic on a combine crew, beginning in North Dakota and working across the country. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior moving on to ‘dream job’ despite adversities

Never give up. That’s the advice Tri County High School graduating senior Patrick Overzet would like to pass along to future generations of students.

The Butternut Homeschoolers boys golf team consists of, from left, Elijah Wyman, Caleb Wyman, Isaac Crouse, David Crouse and Isaiah Wyman. Missing from the photo is Dylan Kroes.

Butternut’s home-schooled golfers compete in public circuit

Just because some students are being home-schooled doesn’t mean they can’t make up a golf team. They also can play just as well as golfers who play on public school teams.

Greenville’s Janelle Crane, left, pushes Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Jen Winkel during their game Monday.

Greenville girls soccer celebrates senior night; lose to Grand Rapids Forest Hills

Greenville’s girls soccer team celebrated senior night at their last home game of the season Monday, but Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern spoiled the party.

Catherine “Kate” Hansen has been named the 49th annual Danish Festival grand marshal for 2013. Her granddaughter Trisha Freize wrote her nomination letter to the Danish Festival board of directors. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Kate Hansen named 2013 Danish Festival grand marshal

A lifelong Montcalm County resident who has not only taken pride in her family and its heritage, but has celebrated it with the start of the Danish Festival, has been announced as the 49th Danish Festival grand marshal for 2013. Catherine “Kate” Hansen (Larsen) has been selected to represent this year’s festival.

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Funeral Notices for May 21, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On Sunday, 113 students graduated from Central Montcalm High School. As each student walked across the stage at Central Montcalm to received their diplomas, several became emotional as they celebrated the completion of one chapter and the start of another. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

113 graduate from Central Montcalm High School on Sunday

Graduates from Central Montcalm High School received well wishes and advice on how to be themselves and have a successful future. On Sunday, the high school filled with friends and family to wish 113 graduates well in their next chapter.

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Funeral Notices for May 20, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, May 20, 2013

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PHOTO GALLERY: Lakeview parade celebrates academic success

A parade in Lakeview was held on Friday afternoon to commemorate the dramatic increase in ACT scores at the school over the course of the past few years.