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Tri County High School graduates 162 seniors

Graduating seniors from Tri County High School have said goodbye to a way of life they’ve come to know well over the past four years. Some will move on to college, others to careers and families; but whatever the destination, Thursday night’s commencement ceremony represented a turning point none of them will forget. The class of 162 seniors marched into the school’s packed-to-the-walls gymnasium to the traditional strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the school band.


Crystal teen crowned Sheridan Springfest queen

It was a night of misplaced tiaras and a misprinted program, yet it was a perfect night for Riann Rohn, as she was crowned the 2013 Miss Sheridan Springfest queen. Organizers originally planned a 6 p.m. pageant, yet when the schedule came out in print, it stated a 7 p.m. start. Combined with the tiaras somehow lost en route to the event, organizers made a last-minute decision to postpone the start to 7:20 p.m., giving time for a quick run to Mount Pleasant for replacement crowns.


Funeral Notices – May 24, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, May 24, 2013.


Belding freshman Greta Wilker a state finalist

Belding High School athlete Greta Wilker is only a freshman. But she’s a state finalist. Wilker is going to the Division 2 state finals in track after winning the regionals Saturday. Wilker threw a 35-3 in the shot put and a 107-7 in the discus.

Petra Mark of Lakeview Elementary School dances to “Accidentally in Love” during the Make a Difference awards Wednesday night. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Making A Difference: Annual event honors teachers and students

The seventh annual Make a Difference Awards was held Wednesday to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in helping students with special needs. About 100 people were in attendance at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center to show their support for those who were nominated and honored for going beyond what the job description states.

Montabella’s Marisol Bucao, left, leads Carson City-Crystal’s Samantha McCrackin over the last hurdle during the MSAC track championships Wednesday.

Carson City-Crystal wins Mid-State Activities Conference meet, girls title

Carson City-Crystal’s track teams showed why they are going to be a perennial contender for the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title.

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Montcalm County Emergency Services honor late county commissioner

A rainy Wednesday gave way to a clear and pleasant evening, just in time to honor a longtime Montcalm County commissioner and emergency rescue advocate. Montcalm County Emergency Services employees gathered at the Stanton base for a dedication ceremony for the late Carl Paepke, along with Paepke’s two daughters, Priscilla Heimbecker and Jeanne Poulsen, both of Trufant.

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Carson City police train for shooter scenario in school

Loud bangs and the smell of sulfur filled the air in Carson City-Crystal Elementary School on Wednesday night, May 15, during a police training exercise. Kolton Kavanagh, 16, and Karagan Kavanagh, 14, were both student volunteers helping out Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge during active shooter scenarios. “I don’t think anyone can prepare for a real school shooter,” Kolton Kavanagh said. “But seeing the police train for what could happen is good thing for us.”

Grattan Academy seniors wait to enter a packed gymnasium during graduation prelude Wednesday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Grattan Academy marks graduation with 32 seniors

Kimberly Kleck attended Grattan Academy 13 years and Maria Heffron attended six years, while other students like Dena Campbell and numerous foreign exchange students attended only one year. But it didn’t matter Wednesday night when they started — there were 32 seniors together, wearing red and black caps and gowns, all graduating together.


Weeklong Rivertown Bike Week Expo approved for Belding in 2014

A weeklong summer event expected to bring thousands of visitors, and with them, thousands of dollars for local businesses, will be coming to downtown Belding in 2014 after Belding City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the proposal for the first ever Rivertown Bike Week Expo. The weeklong event, an educational expo convention for motorcycle enthusiast, hosted by the event management and production company, Rivertown Bike Week, will be held from July 22 to July 27 next year.