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Jim Wood, of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post in Lakeview, was instrumental in getting a veteran’s memorial started at the high school there. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hough-Pontius VFW honors Lakeview veterans from past and present

Veterans of the armed services who once attended Lakeview Public Schools hold a special place in the hearts of members of the Hough-Pontius VFW post. It doesn’t matter if the service man or woman in your life passed through the schools for one semester of Kindergarten or throughout an entire academic career, the VFW wants to hear from you.

All three parties were represented in Okemos on Wednesday for the State Boundary Commission meeting, where the commission approved to recommend the Mersen USA annexation to the director. Pictured, from left, are Mersen Material Manager Jeff Sprague, Mersen Attorney William Beach, Mersen Controller Kristine Walls, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Eureka Township Planning Commission Chairman Mark Wilkin and Eureka Township Supervisor Rodney Roy. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Mersen annexation OK’d by boundary commission

The Michigan State Boundary Commission (SBC) approved the petition by Mersen USA of Greenville to be annexed from Eureka Township into the city of Greenville. The final OK is pending the approval of the Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Steven H. Hilfinger.

Benjamin Wilkins listens in the foreground as his attorney, Thomas Wilson, argues before 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger on Thursday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Deadline issued for plea deal in Greenville child abuse case

A deadline is now looming for an accused child abuser to decide whether to accept a plea deal from the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. Benjamin Wilkins, 26, of Greenville, is charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse of his girlfriend Samantha Slater’s 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn Weimer, who has been hospitalized since March 24 with severe abdominal and brain injuries.

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Sheridan Village Council addresses infrastructure issues

The village of Sheridan is going to be getting a major face-lift this summer. Some of the improvements there, such as new picnic tables at the lakeside park, have already been completed. But the lion’s share of the work lies ahead.

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Carson City woman dies from injuries in Oakfield Township 4-vehicle crash

A Carson City woman died Wednesday after sustaining injuries from a four-vehicle crash Tuesday in Oakfield Township.

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Student asks Eureka Township to adopt nondiscrimination ordinance

During Monday’s regular meeting, Justin Barr, a junior at Greenville High School, addressed the Eureka Township Board after being asked by a township board member to attend the meeting and share what he is trying to do.

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Funeral Notices for June 17, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 17, 2013

Syracuse’s Jean-Phillipe Cote, left, hones in on Grand Rapids’ Mitch Callahan during the first period of Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals Wednesday night.

Griffins one win from first-ever Calder Cup

One more win and the Grand Rapids Griffins can claim their first championship. The Griffins used a pair of third-period goals to beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 Wednesday night at Van Andel Arena and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

Lakeview’s Katie Johnson plays the ball forward during a game this year.

Lakeview kickers overcame a lot

Lakeview’s girls soccer team was hit with a lot of different roadblocks during the season. The Wildcats still finished 11-5-1, but they had to go through some adversity, noted coach Chris Smith.

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.