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Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What can we learn from high performing Chinese schools?

Last week I introduced a discussion about Finnish schools in this column. My reason for doing so was that Finland was once an “also ran” in international test rankings but has in recent years soared to the top. I raised the question as to why we are not studying their system to see if we can learn from them.

Scott Hammer is led from jail into the courtroom by a Kent County Sheriff’s deputy Wednesday afternoon in Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Forensic exam next for area man accused of killing girlfriend

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend will undergo a forensic examination before heading to trial. Scott Hammer, 51, is charged with open murder in the death of his girlfriend Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, during the early morning hours of Oct. 23.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 7, 2013

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Greenville closes book on lawsuit with Eureka Township

The Greenvillle City Council has finally closed the book on a year-long lawsuit with Eureka Township after receiving the documents requested in the original Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. “We need to get along better and cooperate more,” said Greenville Mayor John Hoppaugh, adding that both the city and the township have had long histories of working well with other municipalities. “We have really been pioneers in that, collaboration and cooperation. Those words are not new to us. We need to continue to do that.”


Longtime Belding supporter Charles ‘Bub’ Mahar dies

Charles “Bub” Mahar loved sports. More specifically, he loved Belding Redskins football. On Saturday, the Belding Redskins family lost a longtime supporter and friend in Mahar. He was 86.


Incumbents and newcomers alike win in area city elections

Tuesday’s election saw an assortment of newcomers and familiar faces voted into office in Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton.

The Belding High School marching band marched to an eighth place finish at the Michigan Competing Bands Association state finals Saturday. The band performed “The Bermuda Triangle” and was given one of the highest scores it has received at a state final competition. — Courtesy Photo

Belding High School marching band takes 8th at state finals

After marching its way to the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state finals held at Ford Field Saturday, the Belding High School band can now officially call itself one of the top bands in the state for the 2013-14 school year.


Belding police officer fired after alleged fight

A longtime Belding police officer has been terminated from his job after his alleged off-duty involvement in a bar fight. Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore confirmed Jason Cooper was terminated from his position as a police officer on Oct. 23. She said Cooper’s termination “revolved around policy and procedural violations.”


Funeral Notices for Nov. 6, 2013

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Pastor Paul Dickson has been collecting model cars and trains since 1945, when he received his first train set as a Christmas present from his father. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Collection of vintage and model trains and cars a labor of love

There’s a hard-edged romance that rides shotgun with drivers of the big rigs rolling across the ribbons of concrete that make up America’s highway system. The open road, the freedom, a life unchained from the desk, the cubicle, the office; it’s a dream only a few ever realize. Of course, those who actually pilot an 18-wheeler will no doubt tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, that every job has its downside.