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OUR VIEW: Retaining janitors may not be fiscally responsible

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education is expected to vote Monday on whether to privatize the district’s janitorial staff.

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Reconnecting

One of the cool things about Facebook and then moving back to your hometown is that you get to reconnect with folks you haven’t seen or heard from in years — 26 years, to be exact.

Preschoolers do math puzzles and letter recognition on tablets in Karen Gostomski’s class at Vestaburg Community School. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Vestaburg Community School begins 3-year tablet initiative

Twelve teachers at Vestaburg Community School received Android tablets for training purposes as part of a three-year plan to provide one-to-one technology to the district’s 700 students. About 220 tablets will be purchased during each of the next three years, starting this fall with 220 Asus Transformer TF101s.

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Funeral Notices for April 16

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 16, 2012

A look at the start of the fifth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday at Greenville High School.

Rain holds off for annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

It rained early on Sunday and it rained late. The rain did hold off for the most important part of the day. The pause in the rain coincided with the running of the fifth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge in Greenville.

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Greenville competes at Clare softball Inv.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets fared well in its first softball invitational of the season on Saturday. Playing at Clare, the Yellow Jackets played three games against some good competition.

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Belding softball battles at East Kentwood Inv.

The Belding Redskins held their own on Saturday against Class A schools at the East Kentwood Invitational.
East Kentwood went 3-0 for the day. Lowell was 2-1 Belding 1-2 and Traverse City West 0-3.

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Belding finishes third, second at Lakewood

Belding’s track teams made coach John Carlson very happy Saturday. The Redskins went to the Lake Odessa Lakewood Invitational and came back with the boys finishing third out of nine teams and the girls taking second.

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Man injured in motorcycle accident on M-91

A man was injured while riding his motorcycle Friday afternoon. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a personal injury accident involving a car and a motorcycle on M-91 north of Jenks Road at 5:02 p.m.

Montcalm County Commissioner Carl Paepke

Montcalm County commissioner reported dead, still alive

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The report of Carl Paepke’s death was an exaggeration.”