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Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy set to close June 30

When students at Threshold Academy wave goodbye to their teachers on the last day of school, they will also be saying goodbye forever to the school they have grown to love. Threshold serves children from kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in existence for 17 years.

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Funeral Notices May 28, 2014

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James Freed

Freed’s last meeting in Stanton a lively one

This city’s manager went out with a bang, not a whimper, at his last meeting of the Stanton City Commission on Tuesday evening. James Freed will soon be leaving for a new position as city manager of his former hometown of Port Huron.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp and Carter Stephens were named Most Outstanding Male and Female athletes during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Stephens, Kemp win top honors at Daily News Track Classic

Greenville’s Carter Stephens and Landon Kemp are on the opposite end of the athletic spectrum. Stephens is wrapping up his high school career, while Kemp is one track meet shy of completing her freshman season. Both are exceptional athletes and were voted the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete awards by coaches at Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Vestaburg High School senior Phillip Day poses in front of the entrance to Vestaburg High School. Day is cognitively impaired, but after a long journey he will be earning his high school diploma this coming Sunday. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Assisting sports teams gave Vestaburg senior sense of belonging

At just 5 pounds, 7 ounces, Phillip Day may have entered the world as a tiny baby boy, but the Vestaburg senior’s personality is anything but. Diagnosed at a very young age as cognitively impaired, Day struggled through many aspects of his childhood. Everyday activities that seemed routine to other kids were sometimes a challenge for him.

Emily Waldon

THE REPORT: West Michigan Whitecaps feature a talented squad

Let’s take a moment to clear up a giant misconception.

One popular viewpoint has embraced the belief that signing your name to the dotted line of a Major League Baseball contract is the recipe for a life of instant fame, fortune and countless organizations banging down your door with endorsement deals.

Members of Sheridan’s VFW were honored with a standing ovation as they marched the parade route down main street at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Springfest celebrates ‘peace and freedom’ of Memorial Day

Under a warm sun and beautiful blue sky, near a park where people picnicked and children played, a group gathered in a park on Monday and remembered. Members of Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 led a memorial service at Pearl Lake beach area where they paid tribute to fallen soldiers. The Central Montcalm High School band, under the direction of Matt Reed, provided patriotic music.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade enthusiastically waved flags and looked for special family members while the high school band played introductory music at the 35th annual We Love America Parade at Central Montcalm High School on Friday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Kids march in red, white and blue for 35th annual Annual We Love America Parade

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight …” Those words were penned on an envelope in Francis Scott Key’s pocket as he sat in a prison on an English warship, witnessing a battle for freedom.

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Funeral Notices May 27, 2014

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SPORTS GALORE: Donovan’s World Cup omission surprises many

For the first time since the 1998 World Cup, the United States will field a soccer team without superstar Landon Donovan. This comes as a surprise to many, not just diehard fans of soccer, but to casual fans, as well. I fall into the casual category and I use the term casual, loosely.