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Crystal Township Fire Department officials concerned with well

A troublesome situation with collecting water to battle a recent house fire has the Crystal Township Fire Department concerned for the safety of homeowners as well as firefighters. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage said action needs to be taken with the township’s de-watering well on W. Park Street, which the department uses to fill its water tankers.

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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.

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Vestaburg school superintendent takes job at Jackson Public Schools

Jeff Beal is returning to his alma mater as its new leader.

The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School resigned Monday effective June 30. He will take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools starting July 1.

The village of Hubbardston will host "the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade" at noon Monday. — File photo

Village of Hubbardston preparing for St. Patrick’s Day

This tiny Irish village will once again shine as it plays host to annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Funeral Notices – March 15, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, March 15, 2014.

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Greenville High School principal a finalist for Hastings superintendent job

Greenville High School Principal Jeff Wright has been named one of three finalist for the superintendent opening at Hastings Area Schools and will have a second interview Tuesday.

Lakeview’s Maddie Shurlow looks to take a shot while being double teamed during a game this season. Shurlow was voted to the CSAA first team.

3 Lakeview girls on CSAA 1st team

The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a tremendous season. The Wildcats finished the regular season with an 18 game winning streak following two losses and won the Central State Activities Association league title.

Guest View | Charles Hill

GUEST VIEW: Access to info should be a common goal

If you’ve been watching what goes on in Washington and some statehouses across the country, you might wonder if there’s any issue that everyone should be able to agree on whether they are conservative or liberal or libertarian, Democrat or Republican, pro-this or anti-that.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

Spring surely must be on its way

I love winter. Seriously, I do. I love the white snow when it blankets the ground. I just wish it would stay off the sidewalks and streets. I love the crisp air — at least until I get my heating bill. I am sincerely happy for those who make their living operating ski lifts and other outside venue. They have had some lean years recently.

Puzzles with 100 pieces occupied students during Central Montcalm Elementary School’s 100 Days celebration on Monday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm kindergarten — where 100 is a big deal

How high can you count? A million, a billion? For kindergarten and first grade students at Central Montcalm Elementary School, getting from 1 to 100 is a pretty big deal.