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Belding Area Schools Board President Tom Humphreys, right, smiles after being recognized by Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and his fellow board members for his 14 years of service on the board during his final meeting Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 former members appointed to Belding school board

During Monday’s school board meeting, board members voted 5-0 — with Trustee Doug Lamborne absent — to appoint Terry Boni to fill the vacated seat of Robert Insley, who resigned in July.

Board members also voted 5-1 — with Boni now on the board and Trustee Shannon Hummel voting “no” — to appoint Debra Bach to the second vacant seat which was in the process of being vacated by Board President Tom Humphreys, who announced his resignation in July.

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Amy Meinhardt.

Central Montcalm superintendent is ‘highly effective’

Just as teachers give report cards to students, a school board also gives marks to its superintendent.

On Monday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education graded Superintendent Amy Meinhardt in her first partial school year on the job. Meinhardt received the highest score possible under state law — “highly effective” — which is defined as “meaningfully and consistently contributes to the growth of a professional learning community.”


Central Montcalm school board talks guns and student safety

The world is a different place since 1999, when the Columbine High School massacre occurred. School districts now have to focus on reading, writing, arithmetic … and safety.

The Central Montcalm Board of Education had a special meeting Monday to discuss school safety and security, following a study by Safety School Com 608 owner Gary Valentine.


Central Montcalm school board rules on shorts length

Shorts are always popular summer attire, but in school the appropriate length is up for debate.

However on Monday, the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education settled the debate — for that school district, at least.

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JUST IN: Edmore bag factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower today announced the village has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the old General Bag Corp. building.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 19, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

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JUST IN: Belding City Council approves contract extension for city manager

Members of Belding City Council voted Tuesday evening to grant City Manager Bruce Brown another two years on his contract with the city.


JUST IN: Greenville City Council revotes on special assessment, closes streets

GREENVILLE — It was all about streets, public safety, audits and drapes during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. The city council had to revote on the special assessment roll in connection with the Forest View Street Improvement project. Following a public hearing during the Aug. 4 meeting, the city council voted 4-0 in favor of [...]

Thomas and Christina Moore of Greenville were grateful for school supplies for their four children, including Paige, 6, Allee, 4, Zarah, 6, and Link, 9, at the fifth annual Operation School Supplies event Saturday in Greenville. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Operation School Supplies marks fifth year of helping

As beach toys and swimwear are replaced on store shelves by backpacks and notebooks, it’s a clear reminder that school is just around the corner.

Ann and Art Ward stand together in front of the fire trucks at Grattan Township Fire Department. They recently retired after a combined 81 years on the firefighting force. (Courtesy photo)

Grattan Township couple retires after combined 81 years of fire service

For 44 years there has been a vigilant team standing guard over the residents of Grattan Township. But like gunslingers riding into the sunset, the time has come for their watch to end. Ann and Art Ward of the Grattan Township Fire Department have decided to retire after a combined 81 years of first response service to the township and surrounding areas.