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OUR VIEW: Casinos and the Constitution

There’s a Citizens for Michigan Jobs petition campaign to get a proposal on the November ballot amending Michigan’s Constitution allowing eight new private casinos. It would be a statewide vote amending the constitution to specify new casinos to be located in designated communities. This would be in addition to the 22 Indian casinos already operating and the three private casinos in Detroit.

Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver discusses the new iPad program being implemented at Belding Area Schools, which will bring 1,300 iPads to the district for students and faculty. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools embracing technologies for students, faculty and parents

For incoming Belding High School freshman Kyle Mansfield, his experience in high school will be like nothing any student before him has had the chance to experience. The 13-year-old, an avid user of technology devices such as iPods, computers and, of course, the Internet, will enter an era of education in Belding geared toward placing the capabilities that technology offers directly into his hands in a classroom setting. Come autumn, Belding Area Schools will provide iPad devices for every student in grades 6-12 for the entirety of the school year to use in the classrooms and at home.

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Races get rained out at Crystal Motor Speedway

Saturday had a great start weather-wise, but as race time approached, what started out as a small storm over Lake Michigan began to grow and just as it approached the track, exploded into a virtual monsoon and dumped too much water for the track and pits to absorb in a timely manner and track officials called the event.

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CC-C school board welcomes new superintendent

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to approve a contract for new Superintendent Kevin Murphy. Murphy is the former superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Pine Township

A brief report from the April 11 Pine Township Board meeting.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Maple Valley Township

A brief report from the June 11 Maple Valley Township Board meeting.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Cato Township

A brief report from the June 18 Cato Township Board meeting.

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Funeral Notices for June 21, 2012

Read funeral notices for Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Greenville City Council OKs bids

The Greenville City Council was presented with a variety of bids during Tuesday night’s meeting. The bids, ranging from a backhoe loader purchase to a retaining wall for a parking lot, were all approved by the council.

After long runs of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Officer Mark Tomkinson, left, and Sgt. Gary Valentine are both retiring this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Longtime Greenville Public Safety officers hang up their hats

A pair of longtime members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety have fond memories of their combined six decades of service as they hang up their hats in retirement. Sgt. Gary Valentine has spent 28 years as a full-time officer at the department. For two years prior to becoming an employee, he served as reserve officer for the department.