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On Wednesday, the West Michigan Virtual School had touch-screen computers installed in its building. Teacher Dan Hodges tests one of the computers as it is being installed. — Courtesy photo

Greenville students can now dual enroll in ‘virtual school’

Greenville Public Schools is breaking boundaries by partnering with Berrien Springs Public Schools to teach outside the traditional classroom. Starting this year, Greenville will be offering a West Michigan Virtual School through the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy. The school will be located on 8153 Satterlee Road in Greenville. “It’s a true partnership,” said Superintendent Pete Haines.

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Greenville Planning Commission looks at developing hospital district

The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps to check off items on the master plan. During Thursday night’s meeting, members discussed ways to develop the hospital district in Greenville.

Ian Baese, 18, of Carson City, represented Montcalm County in dressage riding and won the Reserve Grand Championship in that discipline. He also had the highest individual riding test score out of the 40 riders entered. In addition, he placed fifth in hunt seat equitation for 18-year-olds. — Courtesy photo

Carson City teen wins at MSU horse show

Michigan State University hosted about 550 riders in the 2012 Michigan State 4-H Horse Show from Aug. 17-19 at the MSU Pavilion. Riders from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula previously qualified through their county’s 4-H horse shows.

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OUR VIEW: What is the solution for unstable gas prices?

Energy, from fossil fuels, nuclear, or wind or sun, is the unquestioned source of what keeps humans alive, and moves us to a better living. America has historically consumed an inordinate amount of the world’s energy resources, and continues to do so. But many others now want a life similar to ours, and they are quite capable of competing, in the capitalistic sense, to achieve their goals.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep results from Thursday, Aug. 23

The Eagles took top honors at the Fulton Invitational on Thursday. The Eagles finished the day 4-0-3…

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Central Montcalm Public School has new option for 4-year-olds

A new program for 4-year-olds will be on tap for children in the Central Montcalm Public School district following a 5-0 vote by the school board. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a state-funded preschool program, had a higher than expected response, leading to a need for additional staffing, according to Superintendent Kristi Teall.

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Funeral Notices for August 24, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, August 24, 2012.

Greenville quarterback Curtis Heppe delivers a throw during practice a couple of weeks ago. The senior begins his second year as starting quarterback tonight.

Greenville football ready for opener against longtime rival

The Greenville Yellow Jackets and the Belding Redskins have been playing football against each other for more than 100 years. This year presents a couple of significant changes in the rivalry, one of the best in the state.

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Montabella, Central Montcalm ready for openers

The first week of high school football is today with all of the local teams playing their first games. Montabella will be heading to Saugatuck for the first game of the season. This is coming after the Mustangs won their first playoff game last season and finished 9-2.

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Redskin runners place second at Lakewood

Both the Belding Redskins boys and girls cross country teams got off to good starts to their 2012 seasons. Each team placed second out of six at the season opening Lakewood Invitational, with the boys placing behind Ionia and the girls in a tight contest behind Hastings.