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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Summer is coming, how will we use it?

It hardly seems possible that it is May already and another school year is winding down. Although parents and the community have been very understanding and supportive of the added days needed before school recesses due to the many snow days, you do hear an occasional lament about summer starting so late.

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OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ to seniors’ agency millage renewal

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to continue funding a service for some of our most worthy citizens. The Montcalm County Commission on Aging serves our local senior citizens, many of whom live below the poverty level.

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Weekend benefit set in honor of Greenville cancer patient

Inspiration can sometimes come from a complete stranger. Karen Mays had never met Bree Town, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, but Mays, who lives in Belding, couldn’t help but want to do something for the Greenville girl.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.

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OUR VIEW: Michigan needs roads scholars

Welcome to Michigan! You’ve undoubtedly seen the message on the signs welcoming highway travelers entering our state’s borders.

Greenville’s combined bands performing on Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville in 1929. — Courtesy photo

Flat River Museum showcasing Greenville history this weekend

For those searching for a unique, eye-opening look at Greenville’s history, look no further than the Flat River Museum this weekend. Celebrating the “Spring Into The Past” mentality with “America’s Pastimes” as the theme, the museum is offering new displays that dive deep into Greenville’s history, showcasing fun elements from the past that were likely otherwise forgotten.

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Funeral Notices for May 1, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 1, 2014

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JUST IN: Knife-wielding teenager arrested after holding mother hostage

A local teenager is in custody after authorities responded to a hostage situation in which the teenager was allegedly holding his mother hostage at knifepoint.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a knife-wielding 14-year-old holding his mother captive at a residence in the 400 block of East Evergreen Street in Sheridan at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Greenville High School lobby has been transformed from a hallway into an art gallery with more than 300 pieces of art, ranging from ceramic and clay figures to pastels and drawings.

Greenville Public School art exhibit shows ‘a whole lot happens in 12 years’

For the next three weeks, the Greenville High School lobby will be transformed from a school hallway into an art gallery.

Senior social gatherings and communal dinners are just two of the dozens of services provided by the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. (Courtesy photo)

Montcalm County Commission on Aging seeks millage renewal

Four years ago, the voters of Montcalm County showed their support for the efforts of the Commission on Aging by passing a .45 millage to help fund the program.

On Tuesday, the commission is hoping voters will vote to continue that funding at the same level.