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Funeral Notices for March 3, 2012

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Greenville’s Jordan Thomas wrestles with Lowell’s Gabe Dean during the regular season this year. Thomas will face Dean today in the state finals at 189 pounds.

Thomas shooting for third straight state title

Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestler Jordan Thomas will put the finishing touches on his outstanding high school wrestling career today at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Thomas, a senior, is shooting for his third consecutive individual state championship today at 4:45 p.m. His opponent is rival Gabe Dean of Lowell.

This bald eagle sits perched high above the Okkema farm north of Six Lakes. (Courtesy/Evelyn Okkema)

Bald eagles find mild winter inviting

The unseasonably mild winter has made the Montcalm County area a suitable habitat for the bald eagle, according to fish and wildlife specialists. Several local residents — in Greenville, Stanton, Edmore, McBride, Lakeview and Six Lakes — have reported recent bald eagle sightings.

Greenville Public Schools Director of Technology Leeanne Eyer uses the new WiFi on her tablet during the WiFi testing stage at Greenville Public Schools. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

Greenville schools soon to be WiFi compatible

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) is making another advancement in the classroom to help achieve teaching and learning without boundaries. Currently, GPS is working to have WiFi devices running in all the buildings, according to Director of Technology Leeanne Eyer.

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: That little voice

Talking to a friend last week, I was reminded of how important it is to listen to your gut. Not the growly stomach, hungry kind of messages you get. Rather, the sense that something might not be right. In other words, your intuition.


Funeral Notices for March 2, 2012

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JIM STOCKTON: Promises rise; promises fade

A glorious Wednesday it was, sunny bright and calm, acclaimed by a choir of songbirds. After all, it was George Washington’s birthday, worthy of the chirping oratorio. Never before had I heard songbirds so early in the year, celebratory and jubilant in premature welcome of spring. They got it wrong. They were too darned early.


OUR VIEW: Schools right to move ahead with technology

Area K-12 school systems are moving into a brave new world of education that holds great promise for students, but undoubtedly will require considerable trial and error on the road to unqualified success. There is absolutely no reason schools should not use the latest technology as learning tools, because whether they do, students will be occupied with today’s communications devices. We’re talking here about the use of smart phones, e-readers, tablets, the Internet, and extended technologies to make education more available to students on a 24/7, student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and group-to-group basis.

Jordan Witzel,  a freshman at Belding High School, performs a squat exercise with weights during a strength and conditioning class Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board OKs purchase of new workout equipment

When Belding High School students enter their new weight room facility this fall, they’ll be doing so with a room full of brand new equipment. Last week members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved to spend $79,637.18 in bond money to purchase equipment for the new weight room, which is being built as part of the $38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010. “It’s outstanding,” Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver said. “Our strength and conditioning coach, Joel Madsen, has done an incredible job of researching the equipment; it’s the best of the best. Our kids will have excellent equipment.”

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.