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MAKING THE GRADE: How can we create schools that meet the needs of all students?

Recently, I was asked where I get the ideas for this column. I responded that I read a great deal — books, journals, information from professional organizations like the Michigan Association of School Boards and material I find on my own or that is shared with me by others. I have used most of those sources to write this column.

Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The appointment is part of an ongoing trend by the Michigan Supreme Court to appoint one chief judge to oversee multiple trial courts with the goal of improved public service and more efficient courts. — Courtesy photo

‘Substantive change in direction’ for local courts as Voet is appointed chief judge

The multiple courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties are about to be consolidated underneath one chief judge. Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. His new appointment will take effect Jan. 1.

Practice manager and certified veterinary assistant Brandy Taft, above, says Sheridan Animal Hospital will be ready to accommodate both large and small animal patients within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, veterinarian Sherry Teegardin will continue operating as a mobile vet. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan Animal Hospital set to care for ‘all creatures great and small’

This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital. From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.

Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson recites the oath of office during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting as he was sworn into office. — Daily News/Cory Smith

3 Belding council members sworn into office

Three members of the Belding City Council were sworn into office Tuesday evening, pledging an oath to defend the laws and ordinances of the city and perform their duties as council members “with fidelity.” At the beginning of the meeting, Ron Gunderson and Mike Scheid were sworn into office by City Clerk Kareen Thomas as they took their oaths of office. Both men were re-elected to the council in the Nov. 5 election.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 21, 2013

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Maddie Karcher, a junior, returns a serve for the Mustangs this season.

Montabella struggles, but closes with win

Montabella’s volleyball team had only one win in the entire 2013 season, but that win came at a pretty good time. The win was in the Mid-State Activities Conference tournament, and it propelled the Mustangs to a third-place finish overall.

Supporters of fired Belding police officer Jason Cooper picket along Bridge Street in front of Belding City Hall on Tuesday with signs that read “Bring Coop Back.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community rallies for Coop (PHOTO GALLERY)

A Tuesday afternoon rally for a fired Belding police officer culminated in a single message to the Belding City Council that night. “Bring Coop back.” That was the message printed on more than 100 signs carried by supporters of Jason Cooper, who was terminated from his position after an alleged incident took place on Oct. 11 at the Grattan Irish Pub in Grattan Township.


Greenville public safety getting new police cruiser

The Greenville Department of Public Safety will add a 2014 Dodge Charger to its five-cruiser fleet after gaining unanimous approval Tuesday from the Greenville City Council.

Greenville senior Chris Jacobsen leads the early charge during a run this season.

Greenville boy runners ‘learned’ in down season

It was a tough season for Greenville’s boys cross country team. The Yellow Jackets were in the bottom of the O-K Bronze Conference for most of the season.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 20, 2013

Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013