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SHORT TAKES: Schools step up with global skills

Here’s a big thumbs-up to Greenville Public Schools for their Chinese language programs to begin this fall. In today’s world, the ability to speak and understand languages other than our native English is imperative. While Americans still argue over whether students should be required to speak English in our public schools, we have been slow to require reciprocating foreign language skills beginning in elementary grades.

A three-dimensional 20-by-25-foot artwork constructed by Ken Crouse hangs in the narthax of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

3D mural welcomes members to Stanton church

It was at an ordinary meeting of the leaders at Trinity Evangelical Free Church when it was mentioned the church narthax could use some art work, perhaps a mural or simple painting. What transpired was neither ordinary or simple. The church at 415 N. Mill St. in Stanton, recently installed a 20-by-25-foot 3-dimensional piece of artwork designed and created by member Ken Crouse.

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Strong winds bringing down power lines, tree branches (Photo Gallery)

GREENVILLE — Strong winds brought down a live power line and large tree branch Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. on Lafayette Street in Greenville. Sounthbound traffic was temporarily halted on Lafayette Street north of Charles Street when a large branch landed on the road. Greenville Public Works Department workers removed the branch shortly after it had fallen. A down [...]

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Memory keepers

Am I the only one that gets hit by emotion? It comes out of nowhere. You are totally feeling and acting normal and doing normal things. Along comes some memory. It could be on TV or a song you hear. It could be when you see someone in a crowd that reminds you of somebody you loved. In reality, it could be anything. Once I saw a woman in the crowd at the Danish Festival parade. She looked like my Nana who had been dead a few years. Instantly I was all choked up and my eyes began to tear. Everyone knows there’s no crying in Danish Festival parades.

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OUR VIEW: Retaining janitors may not be fiscally responsible

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education is expected to vote Monday on whether to privatize the district’s janitorial staff.

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Reconnecting

One of the cool things about Facebook and then moving back to your hometown is that you get to reconnect with folks you haven’t seen or heard from in years — 26 years, to be exact.

Preschoolers do math puzzles and letter recognition on tablets in Karen Gostomski’s class at Vestaburg Community School. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Vestaburg Community School begins 3-year tablet initiative

Twelve teachers at Vestaburg Community School received Android tablets for training purposes as part of a three-year plan to provide one-to-one technology to the district’s 700 students. About 220 tablets will be purchased during each of the next three years, starting this fall with 220 Asus Transformer TF101s.

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Funeral Notices for April 16

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 16, 2012

A look at the start of the fifth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday at Greenville High School.

Rain holds off for annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

It rained early on Sunday and it rained late. The rain did hold off for the most important part of the day. The pause in the rain coincided with the running of the fifth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge in Greenville.

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Greenville competes at Clare softball Inv.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets fared well in its first softball invitational of the season on Saturday. Playing at Clare, the Yellow Jackets played three games against some good competition.