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Several Tri County seniors sported customized mortarboards at Thursday's graduation. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

144 Tri County grads look to a hopeful future

Before looking to their new futures as high school graduates, 144 seniors at Tri County High School — including nine foreign exchange students —had one last chance to look back, back to their earliest school days, to a time when wisdom was dispensed by the doctor. Dr. Seuss.

Montabella High School's Class of 2012 graduates toss their caps high into the air to celebrate the proclamation of officially graduating. - Daily News/Robin Miller

48 Montabella graduates bid farewell

A patchwork of 13 years of unique and individual memories – ones of personal triumph and lessons learned – unfolded Thursday evening as 48 Montabella High School graduates received their high school diplomas.

Grattan Academy’s class of 2012 graduated on Thursday with 27 students. The valedictorian was Barbee Ryan, while the salutatorian was Anika Willingham. The graduates chose “I made it” by Kevin Rudolf as their class song, the red rose as their class flower and black and red as their class colors. - Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Grattan Academy graduation highlights student accomplishments

Grattan Academy’s 2012 graduating class had a lot to be proud of and celebrate during Thursday’s commencement ceremony. The class of 27 students not only received their diplomas on graduation day, but they took their last moments together to highlight one another before saying goodbye.

Central Montcalm senior Forrest Bartz plans to make a career in the U.S. military.

Central Montcalm’s Forrest Bartz is West Point-bound

Duty, honor, country; this is the motto of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a school with a long tradition of turning out leaders. Since its founding in 1802, the school has graduated the likes of Generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, President Eisenhower and a host of other luminaries. Next fall, Central Montcalm High School (CMHS) senior Forrest Bartz will join their august ranks when he enters school there as a cadet.


Police Reports for May 25, 2012

Read the Police Report for Friday, May 25, 2012.


Funeral Notices for May 25, 2012

Read Funeral Notices for Friday, May 25, 2012.

Contestants for the Sheridan Springfest queen’s pageant include, front, from left, Dana Langin and Gracey Vandenburg; back, from left, Haylee Kimball and Alexis Brown.

Sheridan Springfest promises good time for all

Memorial Day weekend is considered the official start of summer, but for the members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan it begins in January.

“I want to know why things happen, what gets manipulated to produce a certain outcome or what can be done to make something happen or change something,” said Okkema, who will attend Dordt College in Iowa to study biotechnology. “I’m very logical, a thinker and a discoverer.”

Senior project directs Montabella’s Cora Okkema’s path to education, career

A senior class project helped Cora Okkema discover a way to twine her love of farm life into her college studies.
Farming and being part of a small, rural community are important to Cora, who is graduating seventh in her class from Montabella High School.


OUR VIEW: Gov. Snyder just 
doing his job

We hired Rick Snyder to be governor of the state of Michigan. He took over a state in a horrible financial position with unfunded (meaning no money set aside) public liabilities reaching more than $60 billion.


UPDATE: Police continue to search for Morley man after hit and run

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is continuing to search for a Morley man who allegedly fled during an attempted traffic stop early this morning. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Alan Phelps, 35. He is a white male, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He weighs about 240 pounds. He has [...]