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Lincoln Heights Elementary School para-professional Casey Mumby works daily with students in the school’s Autism Spectrum Disorder program. Currently, there are 45 ASD students enrolled in the program. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Funding for special needs programs a complicated business

As most public school administrators will tell you, state and federal lawmakers are terrifyingly efficient when it comes to creating mandates for schools, yet somehow manage to disappear when it comes time to fund those mandates. With each mandate comes a new set of criteria; rules with which each school system must comply. Schools must provide each special education student a certain number of hours each day with a social worker, a para-professional, a speech therapist.


Greenville City Council OKs next step toward triathlon

In preparation for the June 1 Tri Greenville triathlon, the City Council approved certain street closures and temporary no-parking areas for the day of the event. During its meeting on Tuesday, the council reviewed plans by the triathlon’s committee to ensure safety for participants and volunteers during the triathlon on June 1.

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Home of Orleans Township father, son, lost in early morning fire (Photos)

Shivering in the freezing, crisp morning air, with a blanket wrapped tightly around his body and wearing a bright green hat, the one item he was able to recover from his home, Scotty Foote closed his eyes and listened as gun shells continued to pop and echo throughout the surrounding woods as the fire that had just destroyed his home burned away at the last remaining ammunition shells from his room closet.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 6, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Lakeview’s Maddie Shurlow, right, surveys the court while being guarded by Hannah Guy of Chippewa Hills. Lakeview won 48-42 at home.

Defense leads Lakeview past Chippewa Hills

The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team did not allow a slow start to alter its game plan. The game plan, as it has been most of the season, is to play solid defense. The defense did its job, now the Wildcats just need the offense to fall in line.


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Tuesday, Feb. 6

Montabella 49, Farwell 31: The Mustangs got a triple-double from Taylor Smith, as she scored 12 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in a win over the Eagles Tuesday night…

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Ferris Township family loses everything in house fire (Photos)

Scott Brauher, with his arms weighing heavy on the side of his green Ford pickup truck, stood in disbelief Tuesday afternoon watching helplessly as firefighters continued to extinguish the blaze that had just consumed and destroyed his Vestaburg area home.

Students with autism at Lincoln Heights Elementary School are generally “mainstreamed” through most of the day in regular education classrooms. Educators say the integration helps not only the special needs students, but the school’s general education population, as well. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

No ‘round pegs’ in ‘square holes’ in Greenville’s autism program

Most special needs educators would love to be able to say, “This is how you teach a student with autism.” But they can’t. The best a teacher can do is say, “This is how I teach THIS student with autism.” And even that may vary from day to day, depending on more factors than most people would want to keep track of on a daily basis.

Amy Buckingham

GUEST VIEW: All are welcome at Drug Free Montcalm

I grew up thinking it was acceptable and maybe even expected for me to drink alcohol before it was legal to do so. “Teenagers will be teenagers.” I grew up thinking it was normal that my dad, who went to work every day, would end most of his days at the little bar down the road having drinks with his friends. I didn’t question it when my mother’s doctor suggested she relax during her pregnancies with my younger siblings by regularly having a little wine.

Representatives from government, local business and the farming community turned out Monday night for a planning meeting for this year’s Breakfast on the Farm event in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm County breakfast event will bring farm life to city folk

How many volunteers does it take to serve breakfast on a farm? When you’re planning to feed over 2,000 visitors, it turns out it takes quite a few. It also takes a great deal of advance planning, cooperation and a bit of money. All those factors began to come together Monday evening at the Douglass Township Hall in Entrican, where Michigan State Extension Officer Nancy Thelen presented the first in a series of meetings that will end with this year’s area Breakfast on the Farm event.