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Dillon Wood makes a jump in the long jump during the CSAA championship meet in Lakeview Wednesday.

Lakeview’s Wood preps for final meets

Dillon Wood is going to have a busy week. The Lakeview track runner will be getting ready for two big meets that are happening this week.

Greenville’s Taylor Christensen finished fifth in the high jump during Saturday’s MITCA Division 1 championship at Jenison High School.

Greenville girls 7th at D-1 MITCA finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team battled some of the best competition in the state this weekend. The Yellow Jackets competed in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Division 1 state championship at Jenison High School on Saturday.

Kevin Murphy

Carson City-Crystal schools chooses new leader

After a nearly six-month search and 20 candidates, the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education has selected Kevin Murphy to lead the district. Murphy, 42, is currently the superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City. He will replace Interim Superintendent Duane Ellis, who has been serving as superintendent since Bob Swanson retired last summer. The school board was guided in the hiring process by Karl Hartman of North Pointe Group

Central Montcalm Elementary kindergartener Jade Soules, 6, sings and waves her flag during the 33rd annual "We Love America Parade" at Central Montcalm High School Friday morning.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

33rd We Love America Parade stirs emotions (Photo Gallery)

Hundreds of elementary students waved flags and sang patriotic songs during the 33rd annual “We Love America Parade” at Central Montcalm High School Friday morning.

Sandy Enness runs along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

YOUNG AT HEART: Greenville woman returns to running after 21 years

When Sandy Enness began whipping herself back into shape at age 52, a whipping is exactly what it felt like. It had been 21 years since the former marathoner had donned a pair of running shoes and, in her own words, she was “far out of shape.”

Julie Momber of Greenville (above) and her college friend, Julie Morehead of Baraga, have exchanged the same birthday card (at left) for the past 40 years. The card contains extra pages of birthday notes the two friends added over the years.

YOUNG AT HEART: Card exchange reaches 40 years

In a time when a “happy birthday” can be sent instantly, via cell phone or on Facebook, two long-standing friends continue to stick to the old fashion way by sending a card. Interestingly, it has been one card that has been sent back and forth for the past 40 years.

An emotional Monica Hull accepts her certificate from MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht Friday afternoon at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

10 graduate from Greenville’s Seiter Education Center

With tears slowly forming in his eyes on one of the proudest days he can remember, Al Guilfoyle strummed on his ukelele while singing a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as his son Bradley Guilfoyle, now a graduate of the Seiter Education Center, sat in the audience. At 26 years of age, Bradley, who is autistic, spent his final day at the school after graduating Friday from the center’s transition planning program, which is designed to guide young people with disabilities into areas of employment, post-secondary training, adult living, and community participation.


OUR VIEW: Tariff may be good news for solar factory

Last week the United States announced it is imposing tariffs of more than 31 percent on solar panels coming from China. It’s about time.

Greenville High School student, Sarah Ritz, with her Green Acres mentor, Joan Eddy.

Green Acres successful in bridging generations with new mentor program

Picturing a large Army truck rumbling down the highway from Pontiac to ports on the eastern seaboard doesn’t typically evoke the image of a petite woman as its driver, but that was the case with Joan Eddy. Eddy is a resident of Green Acres Retirement Living in Greenville where she is part of a pilot program in conjunction with Greenville High School, an opportunity for students like Sarah Ritz to enjoy and learn more of people from other generations.

Emergency crews search for a missing 16-year-old boy on Clifford Lake. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Divers recover missing teen’s body in Clifford Lake

Montcalm County Sheriff’s divers recovered the body of a missing teenager in Clifford Lake shortly before midnight last night. The 16-year-old boy is from St. Johns and was visiting his grandparents at their cottage, according to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger.