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The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

Lakeview’s Jon Wandel hits a shot during his junior season last year. Wandel is competing Friday and Saturday in the Division 3 golf state finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.

Lakeview’s Wandel ready for golf state finals

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.


OUR VIEW: Tri promotes health, shows town at its best

The 2014 Tri Greenville was a huge success all the way around. Great for the seasoned athletes and beginners alike, a boost to the local economy, fun for those who came out to watch and volunteer, and fortunately, the weather was perfect.


OUR VIEW: Borden and Freed will be missed

Last weekend, three local communities are left with big shoes to fill after two longtime leaders resigned to move on to other jobs. Friday was the last day for Mark Borden, administrator for Carson City since 2008. And Friday also marked the last day for James Freed, who has worked as manager for the village of Lakeview since 2008 and for the city of Stanton since 2011.

Guest View | James Hoisington

GUEST VIEW: Citizens won’t benefit from insurance reform

Recently, we have been hearing about insurance reform from Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger and area resident Lou Kitchenmaster regarding placing caps on what currently are unlimited benefits for those involved in serious accidents resulting in long term or even permanent care.

Two residential structures in Belding, which have been condemned for several years, will now be demolished after council members voted 4-0 to approve a contract bid to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pair of blighted homes to be demolished in Belding

Two homes in violation of the city of Belding’s blight ordinance will be coming down after members of City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to have the homes demolished. In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Tom Jones absent, council members awarded a demolition to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. for two homes located at 316 Hanover St. and 914 S. Bridge St.

Belding Councilman Joe Feuerstein challenges verbiage laid out in a recall petition against him Tuesday during a clarity/factual review session at the Ionia County Courthouse. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Feuerstein alleges conflict of interest at recall hearing

Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein made the claim at Tuesday’s clarity/factual review session that Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich should have recused herself from the review session due to a conflict of interest.

Hot air balloons are pictured from a previous Frontier Days festival in Carson City.

42nd annual Frontier Days returns to Carson City this weekend

The 42nd annual Frontier Days will return to town this weekend in downtown Carson City.

Here’s a schedule of events.


Oakfield Township fire chief fired, but remains as volunteer

This township’s fire chief has been fired. The Oakfield Township Board unanimously voted to fire Don Riker at the May 13 township board meeting. He will be allowed to remain on the fire department as a volunteer firefighter.

Rebecca McCafferty

Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.