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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A look at Common Core State Standards at the local level

In this column last week we discussed some of the myths and facts surrounding Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Since that time, the Legislature has included language in the budget of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) which would prohibit the use of state funds to implement or support the CCSS. The Legislature must now revisit the issue and pass a bill allowing the MDE to continue their efforts on the Common Core before the state budget goes into effect on October 1.

Montcalm County pawn shops, such as Fast Cash Outlet in Greenville, may face a new ordinance, which would assist police officers searching for stolen merchandise. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City police chief proposes pawn shop ordinance for Montcalm County

The act of pawning — offering a loan as collateral for personal property — is one of the oldest professions known to mankind. Dating back to Biblical times, the Mosiac Law was anti-pawnbroking as the law forbade taking interest from a poor borrower.

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Maxfield responds: ‘An embarrassment to the citizens of Edmore’

A local businessman is firing back at the Edmore Village Council, saying its members have their own “personal agenda” about his business loan. Tony Maxfield owns The Depot in Edmore and Maxfield’s Restaurant in nearby Blanchard.

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Eureka Township holds closed session for ‘personal’ reasons

The Eureka Township Board entered into a closed session Monday night for “personal” reasons. Trustee Jeremy Austin asked the board to enter into closed session at the end of Monday’s meeting.

The Eureka Township Hall was almost filled Monday night as community members came to speak to the township board about a variety of issues. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Eureka Township Board of Trustees discusses its policies

Members of the Eureka Township Board discussed changing a variety of township policies at Monday night’s regular meeting. Board members approved signing Michigan Township Association (MTA) Principles of Governance. Ruwersma said the MTA typically sends the principles to new board members as something the MTA wants township boards to be a part of it throughout Michigan.

A fire last Wednesday at 1736 Boyer Road has been ruled an arson. The fire comes about two months after the homeowner’s parents’ house caught fire and was determined an arson as well. The families live next door to each other. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Fairplain Township mobile home fire ruled arson

A second fire has been ruled an arson on Boyer Road in Fairplain Township about two months after another arson. Det. Sgt. Trever Slator, a state fire marshal, ruled a second house fire as arson on Friday.

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Greenville school board hears positive budget news

With annual budgets due at the end of this month, school boards are scrambling to balance budgets. Greenville Public School Board of Education members heard some good news Monday night from Director of Finance John Gilchrist.

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Sheriff’s deputy follows his nose to marijuana bust

A deputy with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responding to an assault complaint Monday couldn’t help notice the smell of marijuana coming from a house next door.

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Funeral Notices for June 12, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Belding senior Caitlyn Alkire delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s Division 2 quarterfinal at Davenport University against the Linden Eagles. Redskins’ freshman Greta Wilker, background, gets ready at third base.

Linden rallies, defeats Belding in Division 2 quarterfinal

With just one returning senior this year, the Belding Redskins were not expected to advance this far into the state softball playoffs. Still, the Redskins feel they let one slip away during the Division 2 quarterfinal against the Linden Eagles at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.