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STEM camp designed to intrigue middle school students

A program being brought to the area through a collaboration has hopes of inspiring middle-school students to stay engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) has worked with the Ionia County Intermediate School District (ICISD) to host a STEM camp for local sixth-graders.


MAISD eliminates special education supervisor position

Because of program and budget cuts, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education made the decision to eliminate a staff position. During Wednesday’s meeting, MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht told the board that because of the economy, the reduction has to take place.


Montcalm Township to improve roads

The Montcalm Township Board has been keeping a close eye on its budget to save money to improve the roads. This year, it paid off. Supervisor Michael Adams said the township has saved enough money to have $175,000 to improve the some of the roads throughout the township.


Funeral Notices – April 11, 2013

Read funeral notices for Thursday, April 11, 2013.


Newaygo County man kills wife, son and self

West Michigan authorities say a man killed his wife and adult son before fatally shooting himself. The Newaygo County sheriff’s department says the body of 59-year-old Charles Mark Hoover was found Wednesday night inside the family’s home in Lilley Township, about 55 miles north of Grand Rapids. Investigators say he shot to death his wife Marcia and their son, who also was named Charles.


Edmore water and sewer rates to increase

Residents of Edmore will soon see a slight jump in their water and sewer rates, adding about $2.59 per quarter to their water bill. The increase was set to go up automatically to keep pace with the consumer price index, which rose 1.7 percent during the past year. According to Village Manager Karl Kluwe, the incremental increases are designed to prevent sudden, larger spikes in Edmore water bills.


Montcalm County Emergency Services to sell rescue vehicle

Montcalm County Emergency Services is in the process of selling its old Rescue 21 vehicle. According to Emergency Services Deputy Director Eric Smith, two bids were received for the 1999 Ford F350.

Greenville’s Sarah Newhouse delivers a pitch during a game last year against the Belding Redskins. Newhouse will be one of the Yellow Jackets’ main pitchers this season.

Greenville ready to take the softball field

After weeks of working on fundamentals, the Greenville Yellow Jackets softball team is ready to take to the field. But, like every other area sports team, they anxiously wait for the weather to break. For the rain to stop, the fields to dry and the temperature to warm.

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‘He’s my superhero’: Greenville boy saves great-grandmother’s life

Andrew Ashley saved his great-grandmother’s life Monday morning. Andrew, 10, and his sister Alaina, 8, were dropped off at Karen Wilcox’s home around 7:30 a.m. to wait for the bus to Baldwin Heights Elementary School. Wilcox had taken a new medication about half an hour earlier and she was feeling itchy all over. She sat down in the living room with her grandchildren who were watching cartoons. She looked down at her arm and noticed she had scratched it so much it was bleeding. “I was looking at Andrew and he was looking at me and then everything went black,” Wilcox recalled.


Carson City church members to beautify Haradine Park

Spring brings hope and rejuvenation so it is no surprise that many religious observances coincide with springtime renewal and rebirth. This Easter, Carson City United Methodist Church celebrated the resurrection with Pastor Andy Croel inviting those in attendance to live out his new sermon series “Resurrection Ground” by planting trees and beautifying the northwest area of Haradine Park, where the city dumps woodchips.