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Mrs. Li, who came to Greenville from China as part of the Chinese immersion program, posed with her first class that will be advancing in the program at Walnut Hills Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Chinese immersion program surpasses expectations

The outcome of the first year of the Chinese immersion program at Greenville Public School has gone beyond all expectations. On May 31, kindergarteners from the class of 2025 ended the year with a celebration of the success of the first ever Chinese immersion program at Walnut Hills Elementary School.


Funeral Notices for June 27, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Belding’s Brooke Linebaugh swings away at a pitch during the regional softball tournament this year.

Belding softball continues success in 2013

Belding’s softball team did it again in 2013. The Redskins went to the Division 2 quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row this year, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh loved it.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mackenzie Geister pitches during a game against Greenville May 17.

CC-Crystal’s Jensen: ‘Best season we had in years’

Things are turning to the good for Carson City-Crystal’s softball program. The Eagles finished 16-12 this season, which coach Samantha Jensen was ecstatic about.

Central Montcalm coach Rocky Studley (44) meets with his team on the mound during a game against Lakeview May 7.

Central Montcalm baseball team struggle with errors

When it came to figuring out why the Central Montcalm baseball team didn’t do as well as coach Rocky Studley would have liked, he boiled it down to one thing. “We had too many errors,” he said. “That was the deal. We played ball with some pretty good teams. But we had too many errors on the year.”

Montabella’s Drew Nemeth fouls a ball into the ground during a game against Carson City-Crystal April 30.

Montabella baseball got hot late

There were a few things that conspired against Montabella’s baseball team in the 2013 season. First was the weather. Then the youth of the team.

Linebaugh delivers a pitch during a game this season. She went 11-5 on the mound this year.

Belding’s Linebaugh wraps up freshman year at Davenport

For the fifth consecutive season, the Belding Redskins softball team won a district championship. They followed that win up with a fourth consecutive regional championship a week later. This year, though, they did it without three-time all-state pitcher Kyleigh Linebaugh. The former Belding star just completed her freshman season of softball for the Davenport University Panthers.

Megan Wall, 15, of Pierson, stands with her horse Tas, left, after being named the Grand Champion on Monday at the horse and pony show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Ashley Bogardus, 13, of Sand Lake, took the reserve title with her horse Cody during the competition. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

4-H’ers compete in showmanship to participate in other events

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is underway, and to kick off the week, some 4-H’ers competed in showmanship during the horse and pony show on Monday. Megan Wall, 15, of Pierson, was named the grand champion of the horse and pony show with her horse Tas.


Carson City Council rejects road repair bids

It seems timing is everything when going out for street improvement bids. “Our bids for the street improvements came in about $100,000 over what we had planned for,” Mayor Bruce Tasker told the city council Tuesday night. According to Tasker, the Spicer Group suggested some reasons for higher bids. One reason given was the cost of gasoline was more than $4 per gallon when the bid process started.


Blanket donations aim to help local animal shelters

Local people have banded together to make a difference in the world of animals that do not have a permanent place to live. On Wednesday (Kid’s Day) at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, a table will be set up to take blanket donations to make beds for animals in shelters.