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Protesters and members of the community gathered at Monday night’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting against the privatization of Belding’s janitorial workers. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education votes to privatize janitorial staff

With a quiver in his voice and a tear in his eye, Belding Middle School janitor Wayne Addis thanked the Belding Area Schools (BAS) Board of Education last night for giving him the “opportunity of making my dream come true in employing me as a custodian at Belding Area Schools for a very happy period in my life.” That happy period will now come to an end after school board members voted unanimously 6-0 to approve the privatization of the school district’s janitorial staff Monday night in front of a crowd filled with protesters and concerned members of the community.

Michael Giacoletti

Greenville man arrested after falling asleep in car while drunk

A Greenville man was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Greenville Department of Public Safety officers responded to the 800 block of Clay Street around 2 a.m.

Greenville’s Allysen Neumann, middle, had a great scoring chance in the second half of the Yellow Jackets home game against Holland, but was stopped point blank by Dutch goalkeeper Morgan Ricketts on Monday night. Holland won 3-0.

Holland soccer shuts down Yellow Jackets

It felt more like late November as opposed to mid-April. With the temperatures dropping quickly and wind gusts of 30 plus mph the Holland Dutch scored three unanswered goals to shut out the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls soccer team on Monday night.


CC-C seeks to educate district about upcoming May 8 millage

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will begin a three-week promotion tonight with a community kickoff rally at 7 p.m. in the Carson City Hospital conference room. The rally is to help explain the upcoming May 8 millage renewal election to campaign workers, but the event is also open to the public.


SHORT TAKES: Schools step up with global skills

Here’s a big thumbs-up to Greenville Public Schools for their Chinese language programs to begin this fall. In today’s world, the ability to speak and understand languages other than our native English is imperative. While Americans still argue over whether students should be required to speak English in our public schools, we have been slow to require reciprocating foreign language skills beginning in elementary grades.

A three-dimensional 20-by-25-foot artwork constructed by Ken Crouse hangs in the narthax of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

3D mural welcomes members to Stanton church

It was at an ordinary meeting of the leaders at Trinity Evangelical Free Church when it was mentioned the church narthax could use some art work, perhaps a mural or simple painting. What transpired was neither ordinary or simple. The church at 415 N. Mill St. in Stanton, recently installed a 20-by-25-foot 3-dimensional piece of artwork designed and created by member Ken Crouse.

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Strong winds bringing down power lines, tree branches (Photo Gallery)

GREENVILLE — Strong winds brought down a live power line and large tree branch Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. on Lafayette Street in Greenville. Sounthbound traffic was temporarily halted on Lafayette Street north of Charles Street when a large branch landed on the road. Greenville Public Works Department workers removed the branch shortly after it had fallen. A down [...]

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Memory keepers

Am I the only one that gets hit by emotion? It comes out of nowhere. You are totally feeling and acting normal and doing normal things. Along comes some memory. It could be on TV or a song you hear. It could be when you see someone in a crowd that reminds you of somebody you loved. In reality, it could be anything. Once I saw a woman in the crowd at the Danish Festival parade. She looked like my Nana who had been dead a few years. Instantly I was all choked up and my eyes began to tear. Everyone knows there’s no crying in Danish Festival parades.


OUR VIEW: Retaining janitors may not be fiscally responsible

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education is expected to vote Monday on whether to privatize the district’s janitorial staff.

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Reconnecting

One of the cool things about Facebook and then moving back to your hometown is that you get to reconnect with folks you haven’t seen or heard from in years — 26 years, to be exact.