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Funeral Notices-Sept. 21, 2012

Read funeral notices for Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

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Montabella Community Schools update grading policy

Grading for Learning, a new grading policy using standards-based grading, was implemented at Montabella Community Schools this year. According to Junior/Senior High Principal Shane Riley, many schools across the state and country are looking at standards-based grading to better prepare students for state and national tests and, ultimately, their futures. Grading for Learning has three areas of learning: practice, formative assessment and summative assessment. Each teacher determines appropriate assignment classification, including which ones will be graded.


Montcalm County no-minimum-bid auction will take place Tuesday

A total of 54 foreclosed Montcalm County properties will go to auction Tuesday, each at a starting bid of $50. The properties previously failed to sell at the annual minimum bid auction Aug. 6 and will now be offered at a much lower price at noon Tuesday in the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton. Treasurer JoAnne Vukin said participants need $1,000 in cash to be able to bid at the auction. If participants don’t spend the entire $1,000 or don’t buy anything, the money will be refunded. If participants buy something more than $1,000, the balance can be paid by check, debit card, credit card, money order or certified check.


Virtual school reaching out to local districts

After partnering with Greenville Public Schools in August to offer high school drop-outs a chance to earn their diploma via a virtual school, Berrien Springs Virtual Academy is now reaching out to neighboring school districts. Among those are Belding Area Schools, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Tri County Area Schools. During Monday night’s Belding school board meeting, Dallas Bell, executive director of partner schools, gave a 10-minute presentation informing board members of the new West Michigan Virtual School, located at 8153 Satterlee Road in Greenville.


Monthly COGG meetings under way again

On Thursday, the monthly Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meetings kicked off. Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Co-Director Candy Kerschen hosts the gatherings for members of the community to meet and discuss what they are doing in the community.

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Man sentenced to jail for Greenville stabbing

A Grand Rapids-area man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stabbing a Greenville man and attempting to stab a Greenville woman. Corey Cole, 25, of Wyoming, Mich., was originally charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. He pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak, officers responded to a fight in progress around 11 p.m. June 29 at River’s Edge Townhouses in the 700 block of Hillcrest Street in Greenville.


Walk-a-thon will benefit students at Baldwin Heights Elementary

The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a walk-a-thon fundraiser to benefit pupils at the school. “This will be the first ever walk-a-thon,” said PTO president Ann Harvey. “No other school in our district has ever done one as a school fundraiser and we have decided to be the first.”


Armed robber hits Belding convenience store

A man dressed in military style digital camouflage is being sought in connection with an armed robbery that took place at 10:04 p.m. Thursday at the Belding C Store Marathon Station, 1002 S. Bridge St. According to Chief Dale Nelson of the Belding Police Department, the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the cash register after showing the clerk a pistol. No shots were fired.

Belding’s Cesar Corona-Camacho moves the ball away from a Coopersville defender during Thursday’s “Pink Game” at Rudness Field. The Redskins won 2-1.

Belding earns first win against Coopersville

It was a goal. Then it wasn’t a goal. Regardless of the controversial finish, the Belding Redskins defeated O-K Blue rival Coopersville 2-1 on Thursday at Rudness Field as part of the week long B Foundation “Pink Week.”


SPORTS GALORE: Rooting for the Angels

Well, I will be rooting for the Los Angeles Angels beginning tonight. The AL Central leading Chicago White Sox will play their next three games against the Angels.