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The Davis family of Greenville includes, from left, son Cory, mother Shannon, father Jim and son Ryan.

Greenville parents say MAISD services transformed the life of autistic son

One of the worst things to hear as a parent is that your child has a disability. That reality set in for us 13 years ago when a specialist diagnosed our then 2-year-old son Cory with autism.

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Belding accepts bike trail engineering agreement

City Council members voted to enter into an agreement Tuesday evening approving the engineering costs of the upcoming 2.2-mile Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail Project, but not without scrutiny from one council member.
Council members approved a revised professional services agreement with Williams and Works — a Grand Rapids-based surveying and engineering company — for $181,800, in a 4-1 vote. Council member Joe Feuerstein opposed.

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CC-C High School Band earns Division I rating

When members of the Carson City-Crystal High School Band take the stage, each musician approaches their performance with a mentality composed of complete dedication to their craft with an eye focused on perfection.

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FUNERAL NOTICES — March 22, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, March 22, 2014

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

Work continues to proceed on schedule at Bright Start Elementary School in Lakeview. When the school opens for classes this fall, the school will be renamed Lakeview Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Bright Start renamed Lakeview Elementary School

When school begins again next fall, elementary students will again be attending Lakeview Elementary School, but in a new building. The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to rename Bright Start Elementary School in order to reflect the building’s new purpose as the district’s only elementary school.

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Saturday benefit planned for Greenville couple after house fire

When Leroy and Betty Jones watched their Fairplain Township home of 41 years burn to the ground the evening of March 5, they lost not only their home and contents inside, but a lifetime of memories they had built in the community together.

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Funeral Notices – March 21, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, March 21, 2014.

Guest View | Lou Kitchenmaster

GUEST VIEW: Support auto insurance reform; end ‘unlimited’

In 1978, as part of no-fault insurance reform, the Michigan Legislature formed and instituted the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, and has direct responsibility. The rationale was to establish a fund which would pay for serious medical injuries which exceeded a certain dollar amount. To properly finance it, a $3 fee (tax) was assessed per vehicle, with ”unlimited” personal-injury benefits for qualified claimants.