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Jack Corner, left, and Marian Griffith, right, chat and entertain the students in the preschool program at First Congressional Church in Greenville during the end of the student’s snack break. Director Candy Outman said the program is very reliant on volunteers to keep it going. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Volunteers enhance learning environment in Greenville area schools

Volunteers have become a vital part of many communities around the world, including right here at home. Most local organizations rely deeply on volunteers to help their program, especially school-related programs.

Many are confused about specific elements of the Montabella Community School’s new grading policy. A crowd of nearly 50 people viewed a PowerPoint presentation and addressed concerns to school administration. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella hosts meetings to discuss new grading policy

Nearly 50 concerned parents of Montabella Community Schools students attended a public forum at the school Thursday to address concerns about the district’s newly implemented schoolwide standards-based grading policy. “I’m actually pleased to know parents have questions about the policy,” said Superintendent Shelly Millis in her opening statement. “That means they’re concerned about their kids and what’s going on at school.”


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Funeral Notices for Oct. 8, 2012

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Belding student’s condition upgraded to fair

Belding High School student Austin Gilman, 16, who was injured in an accident Thursday afternoon, is now in fair condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Kody Gard poses with with the championship trophy from Vestaburg Kart Speedway after winning the purple plate novice division.

Greenville youth wins kart championship

Kody Gard hasn’t been racing long, but he’s a race champion. Gard, of Greenville, won the purple plate novice division at Vestaburg Kart Speedway this season. He beat Carson Ron of Mount Pleasant by 847 points.

This pink ribbon quilt will be awarded as first prize at the third annual Pink Ribbon Affair on Thursday at Carson City Hospital’s Atrium in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. — Courtesy photo

Carson City Hospital to host Pink Ribbon Affair on Oct. 11

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The third annual Pink Ribbon Affair, sponsored by Blue Care Network, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Atrium at Carson City Hospital. All proceeds will go toward supporting patients. Local breast cancer survivors will be guests of honor at this event.

Nancy and Kevin Martin are ready to serve the area’s outdoorsmen at their new store, Magnum Sports, in Greenville.

New business Magnum Sports is an outdoorsman’s dream come true

If it has anything to do with outdoor sports, chances are you will find it at Magnum Sports, which opened about six weeks ago at 6227 S. Greenville Road. The complex (to call it just a “store” is to do the place a disservice) features full lines of outdoor gear, along with practice ranges for both archery and firearms. Owned by Kevin and Nancy Martin, Magnum Sports is a sprawling facility that is still expanding daily in terms of merchandise, events and instructional opportunities.

Belding students cheer at a pep rally Friday afternoon while wearing blue items of clothing and face paint to honor fellow junior classmate Austin Gilman, who was injured in an accident Thursday.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students turn assembly into rally for injured classmate (Gallery)

Homecoming can be described as a time when a school and community come together for an evening to celebrate the rich traditions of a community, welcome back alumni and enjoy an exciting game of varsity football. But at the homecoming pep assembly Friday afternoon at Belding High School, the atmosphere surrounding the homecoming festivities had a different feel from most years.

From left, Tom Learmont, Marge Waldron and Jean Brundage, all members of the Heritage Village Committee, stand on the porch of the newly renovated Sidney General Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Renovations under way at historic Heritage Village in Sidney

The general store at Heritage Village lodges the post office and, just like in days of old, is a place where children flock to buy their penny candy and homemade pickles from a crock. The store, located near Montcalm Community College, has a menagerie of historical artifacts on display and is one of 26 restored buildings in the quaint Heritage Village that aims to preserve the past.