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Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was hired on Aug 1. and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the police service. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville considered home for new GDPS director

The new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has been on the job just shy of a month and he plans to continue his career here as long as the city will keep him. Mark Reiss, 48, started his new position with the public safety department on Aug. 1 after moving back to West Michigan from Dayton, Ohio.

Justin Stephens

UPDATED: Court of Appeals remands sentence of Hubbardston murderer

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a young man who murdered an elderly Hubbardston woman should be resentenced on the conviction of first-degree murder. Justin Stephens, 24, was convicted by a jury trial in July 2011 of killing Bernita “Billie” Cunningham, 80, in her Hubbardston home in December 2006. Stephens was 17 years old at the time of the murder.

Guest View | Victoria Simon

GUEST VIEW: Preparing for a honey of a school year

Enter a public school in the fall and there is a beehive of activity with students and staff buzzing around in organized chaos working together, learning, discovering and creating knowledge. But just as a dormant honeybee hive in the winter contains worker bees huddling, shivering and rotating, what appears to be a quiet school in the summer contains staff ordering, cleaning and organizing for a new school year.

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Howard City Harvest Festival queen and court crowned

The 2013 Howard City Harvest Festival Queen and Princess pageant was held Aug. 13 at Tri County High School. Meagan Bean, 16, was crowned Harvest Festival queen.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 29, 2013

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Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Why recess? The important role of play in education

When school is in session, I love to drive by playgrounds during recess time and watch the children at play. Sadly, today the pressure to push academics has caused critics to argue that this time could be better used in the classroom. Unfortunately, there are many schools throughout the country that are doing away with this activity in an effort to increase instructional time and test scores.


OUR VIEW: Heads up! It’s a new season

The days are becoming shorter and although the current heat wave doesn’t suggest it, the nights will get crisper, the leaves will eventually turn and the autumn of the year will be upon us. For some that means apple cider, wagon rides, playing in the leaf pile and long walks in the woods. It also means the start of another school year with all that it brings and, of course, the return of high school football as our local champions carry the banner for their communities across the state.

Belding’ Stefanie Harig, far right, sends an attack over Saranac’s Brynne Harder (12) and Karlee Derosha, middle, during the second game of the teams’ match Tuesday.

Belding wins battle of Redskins in straight sets

After a win in the Daily News Invitational Saturday, Belding’s volleyball team got into some dual action Tuesday. Belding beat Saranac in the first dual of the season 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 in a battle of teams nicknamed the Redskins that lasted just 44 minutes.


Lakeview High School goes from state’s bottom 5% to county’s highest achieving

Three years ago, Lakeview High School was placed on the state’s list of lowest-achieving schools, and district residents were left reeling. Last week, the school was placed on another list. This time, everybody’s smiling.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Aug. 27

Greenville boys fifth, girls sixth: The Yellow Jackets finished last in the Red Division in both boys and girls at the Chippewa Hills Warrior Invitational Tuesday, scoring 109 points in boys competition and 140 on the girls’ side…