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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Our public schools — whose schools are they?

I borrowed the question in the headline for today’s column from an article I read recently. The beginning of a new calendar year seems like an appropriate time to raise this question. For the past year this column has been dedicated to informing parents and all citizens about issues impacting the public schools. In this space today, I want to share some information that can be used as we communicate with policy makers in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

Guest View | Judy Emmons

GUEST VIEW: Ending human trafficking begins with awareness

Theresa Flores travels across the country in her effort to free all women and children from the nightmare of human trafficking. She is also a survivor. When I’m asked to put a face on the problem in Michigan, I think of Theresa. She was forced into sex trafficking in high school while living in a prominent Southeast Michigan community.

Michael Bussell

Carson City man causes drug-fueled series of car crashes in Ionia

A Carson City man was arrested after allegedly causing a series of drug-fueled car crashes Wednesday afternoon, leaving a teenage girl injured.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation during the Monday evening evening board meeting in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-Crystal contracts with new auditing firm

In an effort to be more timely with its auditing processes, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will now be operating with a new auditing firm. After a unanimous board vote at Tuesday evening’s Carson City-Crystal school board meeting, Maner Costerisan of Lansing will now handle auditing duties for the district for two years.


Greenville winter district draws announced

The high school basketball seasons for both boys and girls have yet to reach the midway point of their schedules. As for wrestlers, they are just three weeks away from the team district tournaments. On Tuesday, Greenville High School released the district tournament pairings for wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball teams.


ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Wednesday, Jan. 15

Montabella 53, Vestaburg 18: The Mustangs beat their arch rivals handily in an MSAC matchup Wednesday night that was a makeup game from before Christmas break. Taylor Smith led all scorers, canning 28 points including eight three-pointers…

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, right, has the leg of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth during the 112-pound match. Hilliker won 9-1.

Greenville hands FH Eastern first league loss

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s wrestling team may be young, but they were able to win their first two O-K Bronze matches. That winning streak ended at the hands of Greenville, who won 67-9 over the Hawks.

Lakeview High School junior Kennedy Cogswell, 16, is spearheading a project, coined “Courage 4-H Pillow Project,” which will result in more than 600 pillows for patients and residents at local hospitals and senior homes. Cogswell is hosting an event at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Township Hall and is asking anyone willing to donate time or materials to participate in putting together the final couple of hundred pillows to be donated. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Lakeview teen looking for help in sewing pillows for patients

It’s taken hours upon hours of cutting, sewing and stuffing, and there is still plenty more to do. The goal for one Lakeview teenager is to make 550 pressure pillows to be distributed to community hospitals and nursing homes.


Central Montcalm sees improving numbers

Like a wobbly gait of a toddler, Central Montcalm Public School took baby steps in the right direction. On Wednesday evening, the school board approved amendments to two different funds after hearing from Chief School Business Official Ron Simon that the district had gained revenue in both the general fund and food service fund.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 16, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014