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Montcalm Community College board OKs 5 to 7 percent tuition hike

Montcalm Community College (MCC) will raise its tuition cost by 5 percent for in-district students and 7 percent for out-of-district students starting in the fall semester. During the MCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, the board approved the tuition increase but noted tuition rates will still be under the state average for Michigan community colleges. “It has taken up a lot of discussion (throughout the administration),” said MCC President Robert Ferrentino.

Corrections officers, United Auto Workers, Michigan Education Association members and Carson City community members picketed outside Haradine Park in Carson City on Tuesday afternoon. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Protesters picket over state budget cuts at Carson City prison

Corrections officers, United Auto Workers, Michigan Education Association members and Carson City community members picketed outside Haradine Park in Carson City on Tuesday afternoon. The group was picketing against recent decisions made by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to eliminate scheduled perimeter security vehicle patrols and Resident Unit Officers at correctional facilities throughout Michigan.

“Sgt. Trace” was shot earlier this year and left for dead. Thanks to the care and concern of several volunteers and agencies, the German shepherd has been given a new lease on life. — Courtesy photo

Stanton area animal lovers save life of dog that was shot and left for dead

It was sometime around last Christmas that neighbors living along Horseshoe Trail in Stanton first spotted Sgt. Trace pacing along the wood’s edge bordering their properties. The German shepherd seemed friendly but standoffish, even at first. When approached, the dog would vanish into the woods.

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Memorial service set for Tri County teen

Memorial services for a 16-year-old drowning victim will take place Thursday evening at his high school. Dalton Gustinis disappeared in the early morning hours of March 30. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies located his body the afternoon of March 31.

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Funeral Notices for April 11, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Child suffers minor injuries after bicycle strikes vehicle

A 7-year-old girl suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after coming in contact with a car at the intersection of Lafayette and Oak streets. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a pedestrian versus car accident around 4:25 p.m. where they found the girl in good condition with a minor complaint of an injured foot.

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Charges filed against man who fled police, crashed in Greenville (W/Dash-cam VIDEO)

A Marion man who led police on a high-speed chase through Greenville before crashing his car into a tree is facing multiple felony counts following his arraignment Monday.

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Valedictorian-salutatorian policy debated at Lakeview schools meeting

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education will review their current policy on valedictorians and salutatorians following an impassioned plea from Lakeview resident Paul Main. Main’s son, Dan Main, graduated from Lakeview High School in 2006 at the top of his class of 139 students. For his efforts, Paul Main said his son received nothing but a copy of his transcript.

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Chinese-language classes to be taught at Walnut Hills Elementary School

Kindergarteners at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville will have the option to start learning the Chinese language starting in the fall. Greenville Public Schools (GPS) has received a $26,000 grant from College Board in partnership with Hanban/Confucius Institute in Chine to help fund two teachers to teach Chinese language to students.

From left to right, Montcalm County commissioners Lloyd Walker, Betty Kellenberger and John Johansen study a map of the Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. Commissioners are discussing ways they can expand in the park in the future. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River Nature Park plans continue to unfold

Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss expanding the 69-acre Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. The Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee discussed the issue again Monday, led by Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.