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Elizabeth Wittenbach spots one of the last remaining apple blossoms on her father’s orchard while taking a stroll through the trees Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding senior is area’s only student to win National Merit Scholarship

They say an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For Belding High School senior Elizabeth Wittenbach, having grown up on an apple orchard farmed by her father, that analogy couldn’t be more appropriate.


Greenville City Council reviews 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program budget

The Greenville City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to review items on the Capital Improvement Program budget with the city manager. The 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program is a plan that identifies projects and equipment purchases and how they will be funded. The typically five-year plans area aimed to improve the city and its entities.


Funeral Notices for May 23, 2012

Read The Daily Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Crystal man dies in car crash

Jack Russell Vrooman, 68, of Crystal, died around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on Sidney Road near Vickeryville Road in Evergreen Township.

Lakeview’s Alex King, left, and Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright jump over the last hurdle in their preliminary heat in the 100-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s CSAA league meet.

Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood win CSAA track titles

The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”

Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith is set to graduate Thursday night. He will be attending East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship this fall. He plans to incorporate his career as a musician with his second love, helping special needs students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior uses music to help special needs students

When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.


Central Montcalm lays off principal and two teachers

Following a cut of $1.5 million from its budget last month, which included losing five teaching positions, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted Monday to cut one administrator and two more teachers for an additional $238,000 in savings. The board approved layoffs for Central Montcalm Upper Elementary second grade teacher Robin Garlock and Title I teacher Kristen Kohn.

Tiffany Jackson

Belding school board selects new principal for Ellis Elementary

A familiar face with a strong passion for teaching and leadership will take the helm at Ellis Elementary School as the new principal beginning this autumn. Ellis Elementary first grade teacher Tiffany Jackson, who has taught at Belding Area Schools for four years, was officially selected as the school’s new principal at Monday night’s school board meeting in a unanimous vote by board members.


Eureka Township traffic stop nets stolen appliances

A routine traffic stop early this morning netted several air conditioner units, brake rotors and other metal objects. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark T. Bellinger, at 1:20 a.m., deputies stopped a minivan for a traffic violation on M-57 near Southwest County Line Road. Upon approaching the van, deputies notices the appliances and other metal objects in the back of the van.


SHORT TAKES: Focus on our furry friends

Ya gotta love the guy … that would be the black bear that posed for a picture beside a tree in north Greenville, and went on to be spotted and reported in other locations in West Michigan.