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Members of the 2012 graduating class of Montcalm Community College celebrate by tossing their  caps into the air Friday night at Central Montcalm High School after receiving their college degrees.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Graduates walk, receive diplomas from Montcalm Community College

During a night of great anticipation, with 130 students eagerly awaiting to turn their tassel and claim their college degree in front of family and friends, Montcalm Community College (MCC) President Bob Ferrentino had one last message to deliver before declaring the hard working students as official graduates of MCC. “We all know it took a lot of hard work for you to get to this point tonight,” Ferrentino said addressing the students and crowd gathered within the Central Montcalm High School gymnasium Friday night.

Greenville's Travis Groom (12) gets back to second as a throw comes to Central Montcalm's Austin Edwards during the first game of the teams' doubleheader Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville baseball team rebounds, tops Central Montcalm twice

Greenville’s baseball team was able to get back on the winning track after getting mercied Thursday. The Yellow Jackets won both ends of a doubleheader against Central Montcalm Friday, winning 12-0 in five innings and 9-3. “It was nice to see us bounce back offensively from a tough loss,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen said.

Greenville's Haley Bitner swings and misses at a pitch during the Yellow Jackets' game against Central Montcalm Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville softball team takes two from Central Montcalm

Greenville’s softball team found the perfect tonic to get into the win column. The Yellow Jackets beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets in a doubleheader Friday, winning 17-6 and 10-9. In the first game, the Hornets (6-15) tagged Greenville pitcher Lexii Canterbury for six runs in the first inning. But that was all they got the rest of the game.

Just Thinking | Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: It’s not whether you win or lose …

Yesterday I went to my second middle school track meet ever. I don’t remember track being an option when I was in seventh or eighth grade, but am so grateful it’s available for my kids today. I, of course, am my son’s biggest fan, paying close attention to his events and cheering loudly so he can hear. But it’s the last Greenville girl to cross the finish line in the 3200 meter – or two mile – that I’m silently cheering loudest for. That’s because I was that girl.

Jim Wood’s vision of a memorial honoring members of the U.S. military who attended Lakeview Community Schools is fast becoming a reality. The memorial currently carries the names of more than 635 service men and women with more being added weekly. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School veterans featured on memorial display

“All gave some — some gave all.” These words, etched deep into the polished wood of the veterans memorial at Lakeview High School, tell the story of the hundreds of young men and women who over the years have left this small, quintessentially American hometown to serve with the U.S. military at locations around the world. Among those who served during wartime, too many never made it home again.

Belding High School is partnering with Davenport University for a “Middle College” program, which will enroll students, beginning their junior year of high school, as students at Davenport. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding High School partnering with Davenport for free associate degree

A free college education? It’s not easy to believe, but at Belding High School earning an associate degree one year out of high school will soon be a reality — at no cost to the student. Belding is partnering with Davenport University for a “Middle College” program, which will enroll students, beginning their junior year of high school, as students at Davenport.

Stanley “Kempy” Saussy’s extensive collection of military memorabilia is now on display at Greenville’s Fighting Falcons Military Museum. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

Kempy collection added to Fighting Falcon Military Museum

Since the early 1970s, Stanley Saussy — “Kempy” to those who knew him well — was a fixture at Danish Festival parades. Dressed in World War I, Civil War and World War II regalia, Kempy marched proudly through the streets of Greenville in honor of the many area veterans who served in the military.

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Police Reports for May 4, 2012

Read the Police Reports for Friday, May 4, 2012.

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Funeral Notices for May 4, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, May 4, 2012.

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High winds in Greenville

After being under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the day on Thursday, Greenville was hit with more than just a threat.