A hot topic at our state Capitol is the debate over proposed legislation that would allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in select areas. House Bill 4496 would authorize community colleges to confer baccalaureate degrees in only five applied and technical areas with demonstrated demand from employers and students: concrete technology, maritime technology, culinary arts, energy production technology and nursing. This legislation provides a new opportunity for community colleges to serve local citizens in their home communities without detracting from the excellent work being done at universities around the state.
Court security is being kept on life support for six more months. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 7-1 on Monday to retain court security until the end of this fiscal year by using the county’s entire $75,000 contingency fund — a reserve set aside for unplanned expenses.
A Greenville man was back in court Thursday for a second sex crime involving teenage sisters. Claude Knapp, 47, was previously sentenced to from five to 15 years in prison in July 2011 after sexually assaulting a teenager. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in that crime.
A man was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Thursday after breaking into the Greenville Municipal Airport and stealing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) last year. Tyler Rivera, 19, of Holt, previously pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a building with intent. The crime was Rivera’s fifth felony as an adult.
A Carson City man facing criminal charges in four different cases was arraigned Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. Brandon Devers, 28, is charged with arson of personal property and receiving and concealing stolen property (a motor vehicle) in one case, possessing meth, possessing marijuana and fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer in a second case and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle in two other cases.
Maddie’s House, the Stanton park dedicated to Maddie Trimper who died at age 7 in 2005 of metachromatic leukodystrophy disorder, was vandalized last week.
Damage was done to the bear statue, along with the treehouse. “A couple of kids skipped school and went up to Maddie’s House and did a significant amount of damage,” said Maddie’s father Jeff Trimper. “It looks like they sat in the house and kicked the walls of the house out. The bear is also damaged with an ear and arm broken off.”
As State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, began discussing legislative items from Lansing on Monday, she dug out her cell phone to use as an example on the discussion of teens using cell phones while driving. Emmons was speaking about Senate Bill 756, otherwise known as “Kelsey’s Law,” at the monthly Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College. The bill is named after Kelsey Raffaele, 17, who was killed while talking on her cell phone while driving in January 2010.
The Jacket Depot at Greenville High School was one of 137 schools nationwide to receive a Gold Level Certification. The store will be recognized during the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It took the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education only 10 minutes into its special meeting Sunday to unanimously agree to offer the superintendent position to one of two candidates. It took Kristi Teall only two minutes to accept the offer.
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