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MAKING THE GRADE: Final thoughts on the Educational Achievement Authority — for now

In recent weeks, we have discussed the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). I have said that I am not interested in scaring people, but I believe there are some scary components of this program to improve student success in schools that have been identified as failing. There have been some improvements in the legislation that was passed in the House, but there are still issues that I would like to see addressed.


Autism expo set for Monday in Greenville

Only a parent, teacher or caregiver of an autistic child can truly understand the challenges presented by this condition — the incremental cognitive and physical advances, sometimes too small to even be noticeable to the casual observer; the waiting for diagnoses, for slots to become available on favored programs.

Brooklyn Weimer

UPDATE: Mom, boyfriend charged with child abuse of Greenville toddler

Brent Slater, Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins appeared in Montcalm County Juvenile Court for a pre-trial conference this afternoon to determine whether their parental rights should be terminated. Immediately after the conference, Samantha Slater, 26, and Benjamin Wilkins, 26, were charged with first and second degree child abuse involving 2-year-old Brooklyn Weimer. First degree child abuse carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while second degree child abuse carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Approximately 25 percent of audience members at the Legislative Update at Montcalm Community College in Sidney Monday indicated by raising their hands in response to a question from Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, that they would be in favor of new legislation that would lower their monthly costs but remove unlimited benefits for no-fault auto insurance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons not committed or opposed to auto insurance bill

It’s no hidden secret that Michiganians take pride in leading the nation as a beacon in the auto-production industry. However, ask almost any car-owner in the state what they are paying in insurance to keep their own vehicles on the road and instead of a specific figure you will hear simply “too much.”


Funeral Notices for April 24, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 24, 2013


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 23

CC-Crystal 16, Ashley 3 (6 Inn.): The Eagles managed to squeeze one game in on Tuesday before the rain. They defeated MSAC rival Bears with 12 stolen bases in the game. Carson scored six in the first inning to set the tone…


Central Montcalm Public School has “soft lockdown”

The Central Montcalm Public School district went into a “soft lockdown” Tuesday morning as police searched for a car thief suspect on the Heartland Trail. Central Montcalm school resource officer Sherrill Houser decided the district should go into a lockdown around 11 a.m. after she was alerted to the news that a man had attempted to break into a vehicle at Montcalm Community College in Sidney.


3 people injured, horse dies in pickup truck vs. Amish buggy accident

Three people were injured and a horse died at the scene of a pickup truck vs. Amish buggy accident on Sunday in Bloomer Township near Carson City.


4-day work week shot down for Montcalm County Drain Commission office

Employees of the Montcalm County Drain Commission office will continue to work eight hours per day, five days per week. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday not to begin the process of granting Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines’ request to change her office hours to four days per week, 10 hours per day.

Students had the chance to browse through samples of each other’s artwork Monday evening, now on display through May 10 as part of the fifth annual K-12 Spring Art Exhibit on display now through May 10 at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

K-12 Spring Art Exhibit is on display now through May 10 in Greenville

Surrounded by watercolors, pencil drawing, collages and various ceramic artwork, members of the community gathered Monday evening to view artwork created by students and take in the artistic atmosphere provided by the fifth annual K-12 Spring Art Exhibit at Greenville High School. With artwork created by a range of students, from kindergarteners completing their first year of education to high school seniors awaiting the early chapters of adulthood, this year’s exhibit features a unique gallery that will have visitors spending time browsing through a large variety of artistic craftsmanship.