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State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, discuss the Highland Park School District issue at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman weigh in on Highland Park financial emergency

Throughout Montcalm and adjacent counties, it’s been evident that public school districts have been in tough times. Major cuts in the state budget, many directed toward education, have forced districts to close buildings, consolidate classrooms, cut crucial sports and education programs and lay off teachers. However, according to State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, there is one specific school district, Highland Park, just eight miles northwest of downtown Detroit, which had the state Legislature scrambling to keep afloat last week.


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Tri County’s Kaylie Caverley goes up against Central Montcalm’s Karli Clark on Wednesday during the district semifinals.

Free throws seal tight game for Tri County girls basketball

Close basketball games usually come down to free throws. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game.


Greenville’s season ends with loss to Northview

The inability to make baskets down the stretch cost Greenville’s girls basketball team. The result was a 48-42 loss to Northview in the Class A district basketball tournament Wednesday.

Lakeview’s Alex King steals the ball and has her eyes set on scoring a layup during Wednesday’s district semifinal against Sparta at Tri County.

Cnossen’s 24 leads Sparta past Wildcats

The Spartan Spartans came out of the lockerroom at halftime on fire. Karley Cnossen led the flame. Cnossen scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter as the Spartan lead went from nine points (20-11 at halftime) to 26 points (43-17 after three quarters) in a 53-29 district semifinal win on Wednesday night at Tri County. “We were in a zone and the pace was quite slow in the first quarter,” Sparta coach Matt McCallum said. “We started coming on more in the second quarter, but then in the third quarter we made a good run. That put us up enough.”


OUR VIEW: Commissioners cutting insurance a nice gesture

Our commissioners have been looking at their own compensation and health insurance since the results of a 19-county survey were released last year. Montcalm County is home to the second-highest paid commissioners compared to six neighboring counties. Our commissioners earn an annual salary of $8,331. The chairman of the board and the chairman of the Finance & Personnel Committee earn an annual salary of $9,5811.


’67 GHS grad inducted to MITCA Hall

Back in the late 1960s when Greenville High School didn’t have a track, Paul Christiansen ran track for the Yellow Jackets. “The current high school, they didn’t have a track so we ran around the parking lot,” Christiansen said.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 29, 2012

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Part-time court security deputy Bruce Schnepp checks over Greenville resident Antonio Stewart during his visit to the Montcalm County Court Complex. Schnepp, along with two other court security officers, are expected to lose their jobs with the failing of the law enforcement millage.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County law enforcement millage fails

Montcalm County sheriff’s officials were in a somber mood Tuesday night as a law enforcement millage was narrowly shot down by voters. A 1 mill property tax increase request lost 4,205 to 4,085 – a difference of only 120 votes. The millage passed in Belvidere, Cato, Eureka, Home and Sidney townships, the city of Carson City, the city of Stanton and three of four precincts in the city of Greenville. The millage failed in Bloomer, Bushnell, Crystal, Douglass, Fairplains, Ferris, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pierson, Pine, Reynolds, Richland and Winfield townships. The millage passed in one Evergreen Township precinct and failed in another. It tied in Day Township.

Colton Boehm of Greenville, left, looks for a rebound on Tuesday night at Kenowa Hills.

Greenville boys basketball finishes regular season with 19 wins

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team was looking to get back on track after their first loss of the season on Saturday. They were looking to attack, they were looking to pressure and they were looking to run. They did just that.