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Central Montcalm school board OKs $1.5 million in cuts

Five teachers, the assistant principal/athletic director, the curriculum director and others are losing their jobs as a result of nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts at Central Montcalm Public School. School Board President Doug Bowen, Vice President Bill Simpson, Secretary Roxanne Switzer and board member Mike Barnwell voted in favor of $1,491,148 in budget cuts. Board members Bill Collins, Todd Giles and Mark Grossbauer voted against the cuts.

Taylor Amos, a student from the core development team, looks at some of the bowls for sale during the Empty Bowl Dinner on Monday.  — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville’s first Empty Bowl Dinner a success

A dinner designated to helping the hungry had a good turnout for its first in what is planned to be an annual event. Monday’s Empty Bowl Dinner is a project where elementary through high school students teamed up to help raise money for the local Ecumenical Food Pantry located at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville.


Funeral Notices for April 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Organizers of the Mom Prom and owners of Tiny Toes Boutique in Stanton are Jesica Scott, at left, and Milessa Scott.

S.H.E.: April 28 Mom Prom raises money to help juvenile diabetes

Ladies from the area are getting together and donning their prom, bridesmaid and wedding duds to raise money for a great cause.
The inaugural Mom Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Brickyard Bar & Grill in Stanton Saturday, April 28. The event benefits juvenile diabetes.

Book Review, Adult Bringing-up-Bebe

S.H.E.: Do American parents ‘care’ too much?

I recently read the book, “Bringing up Bèbè,” by Pamela Druckerman. The book is the latest in the genre of multicultural parenting. This seems to be the answer to everyone’s parenting problems: Find a culture, glean the good and move on to the next part of the world.

Zach Perrin

Greenville native OK after military aircraft crashes in Morocco

On March 28, Lora Hodges watched the tail lights of the bus carrying her son fade into the distance. Zachary Perrin was headed for Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and from there to Morocco to serve with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS New York, sister ship to the USS Iwo Jima. The two ships are deployed in tandem. Fast forward two weeks to April 11.

Derrick Shaver

18-year-old man arrested after trying to start fight at Reno Bar

An 18-year-old Greenville man was arrested early Monday morning after being denied access to the Reno Bar. A Greenville Department of Public Safety officer was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. when he observed two people engaged in a verbal altercation while standing in front of the Reno Bar at 201 S. Lafayette St.

Carl Paepke

Carl Paepke honored by colleagues at Montcalm County Commission

Montcalm County commissioners are honoring one of their own. Carl Paepke died last Wednesday at his Pierson home after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.

State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, update those who attended the monthly legislative luncheon Monday afternoon at Montcalm Community College on state legislative issues. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons and Outman discuss Michigan’s helmet law repeal

A Michigan law that had been in effect since 1977 was officially repealed earlier this month, directly impacting motorcyclists across the state. On April 12, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially signed a bill that removed the requirement of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Michigan becomes the 31st state to adapt such a law, and that law came with much bi-partisan support from the house and senate floors, including the vote of State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes.

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Cut fiber line turns Belding-Greenville area into a no call zone

Information regarding the cause of Monday’s cell and landline phone outages in Ionia and Montcalm counties was still somewhat sketchy Tuesday morning, though representatives from Verizon say the problem was caused by a severed fiber optic cable in Grattan Township. Phone service for hundreds of customers in the Greenville and Belding areas went down around 4 p.m. Monday and was not restored until approximately 11 p.m. The disruption affected Central Dispatch services in Montcalm and Ionia counties. According to Nancy Rodriguez, administrative assistant at Ionia Central Dispatch, the outages hampered the organization’s ability to respond to emergency situations.