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Trenton Taylor and Amy Staten both received the Founder’s Scholarship, which is a 10-month academic program to live and study in Germany. — Courtesy photo

2 Montcalm County students traveling in Germany

Of five American students chosen as recipient of the Founder’s Scholarship through Council for Education Travel U.S.A. (CETUSA), two of them are from Montcalm County. CETUSA is a global exchange program designed to help people from different cultures develop compassion and understanding for others, according to cetusa.org.

Pearl Bartolo is retiring from the United State Post Office in Greenville after more than three decades of helping customers. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Longtime Greenville Post Office employee retiring

Pearl Bartolo has been a familiar face at the United States Post Office in Greenville for more than 32 years. Customers have until Friday to bid farewell to Bartolo, who is retiring as a sales and service retail associate.

Sgt. Josh McConkie gets pinned by City Manager George Bosanic during his promotion that was presented to him during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting with his wife by his side. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville police officer promoted to sergeant

A Greenville Department of Public Safety officer received an honor and promotion at the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Josh McConkie was presented with a promotion to sergeant by Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 6, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

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Greenville plans to seek clawback from Greystone

The city of Greenville will seek about $10,927.19 from a clawback clause put into place with an agreement between the city and Greystone Printing Inc. — formerly Greenville Printing Co.

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Former Tri County principal sentenced for embezzlement

The former Tri County Middle School principal has been sentenced to do time on a work crew after pleading guilty to embezzling from his school. William “Bill” Cichewicz was sentenced Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement from $200 to $1,000, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year.

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Belding adjusts front yard parking fines

As enforcement against parking in front yards continues to increase throughout the community, Belding City Council members voted Tuesday night to officially ease the fines on first-time offenders of the ordinance. City Manager Randy DeBruine said the fine for parking in the front yard between the property line and the structure, and not the driveway, will be reduced from $100 to $25.

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Greenville volleyball wins tri at Allendale

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continued their solid start to the 2012 volleyball season with a pair of nonconference wins. At Allendale, the Yellow Jackets defeated the host Falcons and then dispatched of Grand Rapids Convenant Christian in straight sets on Tuesday.

David Lorenz of Pure Michigan shared several ideas for promoting local tourism with a small but attentive group Tuesday morning at Spectrum Health’s Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Pure Michigan representative shares ideas in Lakeview

Turnout was sparse at a meeting Tuesday morning in Lakeview for area community and business leaders. Hosted by Anthony Stickler of public relations firm Stickler LLC in Edmore and featuring speaker David Lorenz of Pure Michigan, the meeting’s aim was to help business owners and community leaders come up with new ideas for promoting their areas.

Students from Baldwin Heights Elementary School board the buses after the first day of the 2012-2013 school year. The new bus drive at Baldwin Heights was ready to go on the first day to help protect the safety of the students by not having the students dart between cars to get to the buses. — Daily News/Kellie Ameling

Belding, Greenville students return to new and improved schools Tuesday

Outside Belding High School on the first day of classes, a steady rain greeted students Tuesday morning as they trudged through mud and the wet elements, entering from the side entrance of a school that is still under heavy construction both externally and internally. But inside Belding High School, in a brand new gymnasium filled with the entire student body singing the school fight song as the marching band played on, there was no evidence of the cloudy, rainy and muddy conditions that remained outside.