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Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: There are many options available to Michigan Students

For the past two weeks we have been discussing virtual schools. I have tried to explain how technology is being used locally to meet the needs of student learners. This week I want to expand the conversation to the bigger picture and talk about what is happening at the state level.

Department of Human Services workers from Ionia and Montcalm counties pose at a recent foster care event. Pictured are, front row from left, caseworker Jennifer Perry, licensing specialist Sarah Gorby, foster care supervisor Whitney Hettinga, licensing specialist Jacqueline Sutton and Ionia-Montcalm DHS licensing supervisor Linda Schrauben; back from from left, Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., caseworker Meagan Mahoney, funding specialist Tyler Armstrong and Ionia-Montcalm DHS Director Michelle Seigo. — Courtesy photo

DHS billboards aimed at raising foster parenting awareness

Raise hope and foster dreams. That’s the slogan sported on new Department of Human Services billboards on M-46 and M-91.

Little libraries, such as the one pictured here, will soon be popping up at public areas around Greenville, thanks to the efforts of a group of local volunteers. — Courtesy photo

Greenville will soon see several ‘little libraries’

If things go as planned, Greenville could soon be home to a half-dozen brand new libraries. If that seems like literary overkill, it’s only because you haven’t seen the size of each planned library; about 2-by-2 feet.

Lakeview’s Jacob Tanis puts a shot on goal during Tuesday’s game at home against Tri County.

Lakeview holds on for win over Tri County

It didn’t take long for the Lakeview Wildcats soccer team to take control. Lakeview senior David Wheeler was able to knock in a goal just five minutes into the game against the Tri County Vikings on Tuesday evening in a nonleague 2-1 victory at home.


Belding awards skate park bid to Portland, Ore., company

From pipe dream to half pipes, the two-year long journey of a potential skate park in Belding may finally be traveling from fiction to reality. The Belding City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday evening to award a bid to Evergreen Skate Parks to help design and build the future park, with Councilwoman Andrea Belding casting the lone opposing vote. Councilman Tom Jones was absent from the meeting.

Carson City-Crystal’s Hailey Gregory attacks the ball during Tuesday’s match at Montabella.

CC-Crystal volleyball sweeps Montabella 3-0

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles focused on consistency, while the Montabella Mustangs worked on team communication. In an MSAC volleyball match Tuesday night, it was the Eagles cruising to a straight set win over the Mustangs 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.


OUR VIEW: Partial government shutdown nothing new

With a partial government shutdown underway, many Americans are wondering if our representatives are comprised of the most cantankerous and contrary politicians in history. As always, some context proves helpful.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 1

Greenville 3, GR West Catholic 1: The Yellow Jackets stayed perfect in O-K Bronze Conference play with a 25-12, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22 win over the Falcons Tuesday night…


Funeral Notices for Oct. 2, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Personally Speaking | Sylvia Warner

PERSONALLY SPEAKING: Making laws always messy

During 17 years of working in the world of our state and national legislatures, I learned firsthand that while writing law can be messy, it is not necessarily a bad process. It may be unappetizing, but that does not mean it is broken and should be discarded.