Funeral notices for Saturday, February 8, 2014
In life there are highs and lows, ups and downs — and strikes and gutters. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Montcalm County are trying to brighten the days of some of the county’s children in need by offering a mentor, and on March 8, the group will be hosting a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser at Greenville Lanes to raise money for programs in the county.
Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study
In February, the Greenville Yellow Jackets winning a district wrestling title is as common as the cold and snowy weather. On Thursday at home, the Yellow Jackets put together two easy wins for their ninth consecutive Division 2 district title. The streak started in 2006 and continued this season with wins over Fremont (66-9) and Cedar Springs (56-18).
Belding’s wrestling team knew they had a tough opponent to face in the finals of the Division 3 district they were hosting Thursday night. They also went into the meet with a big component missing.
Lakeview 49, Reed City 43: The Wildcats extended their winning streak to 14 games with a CSAA win on Thurdsay. Lauren Jaquays led the Wildcats with 15 points and 16 rebounds…
It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.
Read the funeral notices for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
Recently I read an article in The Grand Rapids Press regarding the Michigan laws on expulsion of students more commonly known as the “zero tolerance” discipline policies. These are well intended laws originally passed in the hope that they would make schools safer and more orderly for students and staff. However, after years of use, there are concerns about some unintended consequences. As a board of education member for many years, I can tell you that expelling students is one of the most difficult responsibilities that I fulfill. I rarely sleep well after we have expelled a student, even when I agree that expulsion is the only option we had.
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of our state’s most beneficial, common sense laws. For almost four decades now, citizens and journalists alike have been able to stand on near equal footing with public bodies by having the law behind them when requesting public documents.