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JUST IN: Crystal man charged with stabbing his brother

A 26-year-old Crystal man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his brother early Saturday morning.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on the 8000 Block of East Sidney Road shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

A group of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District special education adults pose after completing a work project at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

MAISD helps special education adults plan for life after school

Have you heard the term “transition”?

Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.

Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.

Carson City-Crystal graduate and current film student Alexie Schneider was diagnosed with stage 4 fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, while recovering in a hospital after a car accident in 2013.  — Courtesy photo

Car crash leads to diagnosis of rare cancer for CC-C graduate

Two days before her 20th birthday, everything in Alexie Schneider’s world came to a shocking halt.

It was on a September evening last year when the Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was driving on I-69 during a return trip from Flint to her apartment in Grand Rapids. She was set to begin her first day of classes for her sophomore year at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.

After 35 years in education — the last 23 with Greenville Public Schools  — Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissett is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Longtime educator steps down from Greenville Public Schools

Although she was more than 1,000 miles from where she grew up, Diane Brissett felt at home.

“Within 20 minutes I felt like I had come home and I belonged here,” said Brisset in her assistant superintendent office in Greenville on Friday. “That never changed. This is a great community and a great district with great kids.”

Mike Kamps, owner of H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, fills up one of his business vehicles with natural gas. His plumbing business is the only privately owned business in the state that operates its vehicles on natural gas, according to him. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: H&H Plumbing owner is proponent of natural gas use for vehicles

When one of Mike Kamps’ vehicles leave the lot of his business, H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, they’re leaving behind a lot less than most trucks, vans or cars; less fumes, less expense, less wear and tear on the vehicles themselves.

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Funeral Notices for April 5, 2014

Read The Daily News funeral notices for Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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2 Tri County teachers resign amid computer investigation

Two Tri County High School teachers resigned in the midst of a school investigation regarding alleged inappropriate computer usage.

Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings confirmed Maureen Baker and Jeff Ells resigned in January. School officials had been investigating Baker and Ells since last October.

The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant earned high honors from the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was named system of the year following its large expansion. Pictured, from left, are facility operator Tim Foster, plant supervisor Shawn Wheat, Mayor John Hoppough, project engineer Steve Williams and Michigan Rural Water Association Vice President Bob Masters. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville honored for its wastewater treatment

The city was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was given the Wastewater Treatment Utility of the Year award. The city was acknowledged by the water association Tuesday for its large upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant which expanded its processing capabilities, added a bio oxidation tower and installed a ground-mounted solar system to offset electrical costs at the plant.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas checks levels related to the city’s water system. Thomas was selected as the 2014 Michigan Rural Water Association “Man of the Year.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding DPW director named Rural Water Association Man of the Year

Ernie Thomas has always been one to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s patching a pothole on a hot summer evening or driving a snowplow in the early hours of a winter morning, his personal engine is always running with a goal to finish the job. A lifelong Belding resident, he’s worked for the Belding Department of Public Works (DPW) for 39 years, having started in August of 1974, and has served as the department director since April of 1996.

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Vestaburg picks interim superintendent

This district’s high school principal has been named interim superintendent for the coming school year. Jeff Beal resigned as superintendent last month, effective June 30, to take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools.