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Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What are the essentials of a good education?

The approach of the holiday season is as good a time as any to ask what the essentials of a good education are. The only way we will reach our goal is to start by defining what it is that we want to achieve. janet


OUR VIEW: Parent-teacher conferences should be a priority

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and, yet, difficult jobs that exists on the planet. Rewarding because you get to help nurture and shape a soul from the most innocent and helpless infant to a truly complicated and emotional teenager to what we all hope becomes a very responsible, thoughtful and giving adult.


Funeral Notices — Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Funeral notices for Wednesday, December 4, 2013


FYI: How to contact your district’s Montcalm County commissioner

Do you have an opinion about a local issue? There are several ways to contact your local county commissioner and express your opinion about county issues.


Stanton City Commission opposed to Montcalm Alliance millage proposal

At least one local government body is against the Montcalm Alliance’s proposed countywide millage to fund joining forces with The Right Place. The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution in opposition to the Montcalm Alliance’s proposal to have the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners vote to enact a countywide millage using Public Act 88.

James Freed, center, speaks out against a millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance while the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, at left, and Montcalm Alliance members, at right, listen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Alliance millage request to bypass Montcalm County voters

The Montcalm Alliance’s request for a countywide millage to fund economic development efforts will be voted on without local voters or a ballot. Montcalm Alliance members previously presented an overview of their millage request to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. At that meeting, Montcalm Alliance members said they wanted to pursue voter approval of .1 mills to generate $162,000 to allow the Montcalm Alliance to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan business development and economic development agency which offers services to support existing and new businesses.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 3, 2013

Funeral Notices for Dec. 3, 2013

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Hours reduced at Hubbardston Post Office as part of USPS cuts

A reduction in post office hours may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a major blow to this small village. Starting on Jan. 1, hours at the Hubbardston Post Office will be reduced by half. Officer in charge Menita Merrill, who has worked at the post office for the past 10 years, will be working four hours per day instead of eight hours. “It’s not a happy story,” she said. “It’s not just me, it’s not just here, it’s a lot of places. It’s just sad.”


OUR VIEW: Belding and Greenville lend a helping hand

There’s always lots of heartwarming stories unfolding during the holiday season — and Belding and Greenville are no exception.

Greenville High School graduate Madelynne Wager is shown in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Wager was recently named Top 35 Under 35 by Young People in International Affairs for her efforts abroad. Wager is an intern at The Brenthurst Foundation, which works to improve economic stability in Africa. — Courtesy Photo

Greenville grad honored for her efforts to help economic growth in Africa

As a coveted Machel-Mandela intern at a foundation focused on economic growth in Africa, Madelynne Wager was recently honored as one of the most impactful young people on international affairs. Wager, who graduated from Greenville High School in 2009, has spent the last five months in South Africa working with policy makers to form ideas to help encourage economic growth on the continent.