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MAKING THE GRADE: Some education bills being considered require our response

For several weeks we have been discussing the history and philosophy of public education. Now it is time to put that information into practice. Some bills have been introduced in Lansing that merit response from the citizens that they will impact.


Lakeview football hires Sean Rinehart as new coach

Lakeview football will be under new leadership this fall after Guenther Mittelstaedt was not brought back to coach for the 2013 season.

White Cloud’s Catie Will, middle, tries to tag out Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor, but drops the ball during the the first of a double-header between the two Central State Activities Association rivals Tuesday. Backing up Will is White Cloud’s Benzie Burt.

Lakeview girls force double-mercy vs. White Cloud in CSAA finale

Lakeview’s softball team closed out the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) part of its schedule with a bang. The Wildcats mercied the White Cloud Indians in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday, winning 12-2 in six innings in the first game and 11-1 in five innings in the nightcap.

Karen Bailey, Hair on Fire facilitator, talks with teachers Tuesday from Montcalm and Ionia counties who are participating in Hair on Fire. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Ionia and Montcalm county school districts collaborate to benefit students

Two counties are coming together to develop a student-focused system called Hair on Fire. School districts in Montcalm and Ionia counties are working on the program that focuses on the needs of students.

After struggling through middle school and early on in high school, Belding High School senior Jake Jones, 19, improved his grades dramatically and will now attend Davenport University after graduating from high school on Thursday. He threw discuss for four years on the Belding track team and played football, as well. — Daily News/Cory Smith

From failing freshman to college athlete, Belding senior turns life around

Jake Jones just didn’t care. He didn’t care about grades, he never studied and, as he admits, he assumed he could get through high school without applying himself beyond walking through the front door of the building.

Guest View | Judy Emmons

GUEST VIEW: Time to honor sacrifice of America’s heroes

We owe a great debt to the brave patriots who answered the nation’s call to defend our liberty. We enjoy the blessings of freedom today due to the selfless courage of America’s service men and women, many of whom protected our lives at the cost of their own.


Student asks city of Greenville to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance

The Greenville City Hall was more full than normal Tuesday, after many people came to support a student who asked the City Council to help him make a difference. Justin Barr, a junior at Greenville High School, spoke to council members during public comment.


Union workers want paid holiday back

Montcalm County union employees want one of their paid holidays reinstated. In December 2011, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners and Local 3067.03 approved a three-year labor contract good from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2014.


Funeral Notices for May 22, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for May 22, 2013


OUR VIEW: Comparitively, we have a lot going for us

The Center for Michigan’s highly acclaimed Bridge Report revealed this week that dozens of Michigan cities are facing serious to devastating financial shortages in the foreseeable future. Bridge reported financial viability scores provided by Auburn Hills data consultant Munetrix. Much of the cities’ problems result from a perfect storm: years of increasing pension and health care obligations, in many cases unfunded; coupled with consistent decreases in funding from state revenue sharing. Of course, a decade of shrinking employment exacerbates the issue.