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Lakeview’s Alex King, left, and Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright jump over the last hurdle in their preliminary heat in the 100-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s CSAA league meet.

Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood win CSAA track titles

The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”

Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith is set to graduate Thursday night. He will be attending East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship this fall. He plans to incorporate his career as a musician with his second love, helping special needs students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior uses music to help special needs students

When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.

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Central Montcalm lays off principal and two teachers

Following a cut of $1.5 million from its budget last month, which included losing five teaching positions, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted Monday to cut one administrator and two more teachers for an additional $238,000 in savings. The board approved layoffs for Central Montcalm Upper Elementary second grade teacher Robin Garlock and Title I teacher Kristen Kohn.

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Belding school board selects new principal for Ellis Elementary

A familiar face with a strong passion for teaching and leadership will take the helm at Ellis Elementary School as the new principal beginning this autumn. Ellis Elementary first grade teacher Tiffany Jackson, who has taught at Belding Area Schools for four years, was officially selected as the school’s new principal at Monday night’s school board meeting in a unanimous vote by board members.

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Eureka Township traffic stop nets stolen appliances

A routine traffic stop early this morning netted several air conditioner units, brake rotors and other metal objects. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark T. Bellinger, at 1:20 a.m., deputies stopped a minivan for a traffic violation on M-57 near Southwest County Line Road. Upon approaching the van, deputies notices the appliances and other metal objects in the back of the van.

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SHORT TAKES: Focus on our furry friends

Ya gotta love the guy … that would be the black bear that posed for a picture beside a tree in north Greenville, and went on to be spotted and reported in other locations in West Michigan.

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OUR VIEW: Adding teachers is refreshing news

Greenville Public Schools recently announced that they would be hiring additional teachers for early elementary classrooms. In these days of almost universal shortages in K-12 schools funding, just the idea of adding teachers to the system sounds like good news. This move points to a district that is not hunkering down and just hanging on, but one that is moving carefully but confidently forward.

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Funeral Notices for May 22, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Carson City farm honored for assuring ‘effective land stewardship practices’

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing the David Patin Farm of Carson City as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices.

Belding’s Mariah Heintzelman drives a high pitch into centerfield for a bases clearing double in the third innings of an 11-3 win at Lakeview.

Strong pitching lifts Belding softball to two wins over Lakeview

The third inning of game two was the difference for the Belding Redskins in an otherwise close matchup on the softball diamond with the Lakeview Wildcats. The Redskins exploded with six hits and eight runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the third inning and went on to defeat the Wildcats 11-3 in game two. Game one was a pitchers duel that went to the Redskins 1-0.