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Jack Russell Vrooman, 68, of Crystal, died around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on Sidney Road near Vickeryville Road in Evergreen Township.
The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”
When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.
Following a cut of $1.5 million from its budget last month, which included losing five teaching positions, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted Monday to cut one administrator and two more teachers for an additional $238,000 in savings. The board approved layoffs for Central Montcalm Upper Elementary second grade teacher Robin Garlock and Title I teacher Kristen Kohn.
A familiar face with a strong passion for teaching and leadership will take the helm at Ellis Elementary School as the new principal beginning this autumn. Ellis Elementary first grade teacher Tiffany Jackson, who has taught at Belding Area Schools for four years, was officially selected as the school’s new principal at Monday night’s school board meeting in a unanimous vote by board members.
A routine traffic stop early this morning netted several air conditioner units, brake rotors and other metal objects. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark T. Bellinger, at 1:20 a.m., deputies stopped a minivan for a traffic violation on M-57 near Southwest County Line Road. Upon approaching the van, deputies notices the appliances and other metal objects in the back of the van.
Ya gotta love the guy … that would be the black bear that posed for a picture beside a tree in north Greenville, and went on to be spotted and reported in other locations in West Michigan.
Greenville Public Schools recently announced that they would be hiring additional teachers for early elementary classrooms. In these days of almost universal shortages in K-12 schools funding, just the idea of adding teachers to the system sounds like good news. This move points to a district that is not hunkering down and just hanging on, but one that is moving carefully but confidently forward.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 22, 2012