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Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

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SHORT TAKES: Water working well for area towns

What a time for water! We all appreciate the fact that a long winter’s snow and ice is turning to something that is undeniably life-sustaining. But here comes the hangover — the stuff that has been stored since maybe last November is melting and becoming part of your life in April and beyond.

Leader Dog for the Blind representative Tammy Bartz explains to the Vestaburg Lions Club how the Rochester program works. Bartz spoke Monday evening at the club’s regular meeting. — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Some leader dogs begin their training in prisons

A good dog can change a life. A great dog can change the lives of many. The business of the Leader Dogs for the Blind program is to create good dogs and place them where they will do the most good.

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Abused Greenville girl remains in the care of court

A Greenville child remains under court jurisdiction as her mother continues to work toward regaining custody. Brooklyn Weimer, now 3, was hospitalized on March 24, 2013, with severe abdominal and brain injuries after being in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

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Funeral Notices for April 8, 2014

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Girl Scout Troop 825 includes, from left to right, Nicole Tyler, Kali Hollinshead, Sarah McCrackin, CeCe Havens, Cera Vargas, Alanna Ross, Aiylah Carter, Anne Fitzpatrick and Alyssa Gillson. The troop is trying to raise money to purchase new playground equipment for Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Carson City Girl Scouts raising funds for new playground equipment

Some local Girl Scouts are working to give their younger counterparts an even better childhood than they had.

The members of Troop 825 have been working diligently to raise funds for some new playground equipment at Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

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GUEST VIEW: Citizens urged to prepare for flooding

As Michigan’s record-breaking winter comes to a close and the snow begins to melt away, Montcalm County Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to prepare for flood emergencies before they occur.

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Funeral Notices for April 7, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices April 7, 2014

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JUST IN: Elderly woman located after going missing overnight

An 81-year-old female with dementia went missing from her home in this township for more than 14 hours before she was found walking in Kent County over the weekend.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the woman’s family that she was missing after last being seen around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while picking up sticks near her home.