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Juanita Butler, who at 98 is retiring from the Foster Grandparent Program at Lakeview Middle School, was recently honored with a party for her 14 years of service. She is seen here with middle school principal Tim Erspamer.

‘Grandma’ Butler retires from foster grandparent program

Some people see retirement as a chance to finally kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime’s labors. Then there’s Juanita Butler, who at age 98, recently “retired” from mentoring Lakeview Middle School students. She didn’t go willingly; it took a serious bout of pneumonia in December to slow her down.

Brooklyn Weimer

Greenville child abuse victim has new legal father

A Greenville toddler who suffered life-threatening abuse injuries has a new legal father — her biological father who is serving a lengthy prison term. Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins, both 26 and both of Greenville, were each charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse of Slater’s 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn Weimer, who has been hospitalized since March 24 with severe abdominal and brain injuries.

Graduating Lakeview High School senior Angela Krul, who started her academic career as a special education student, will be going on to Baker College to study for a career in veterinary medicine.

Lakeview’s Angela Krul plans career as veterinarian assistant

Angela Krul doesn’t say much. Even those who know her say they don’t know her well.

Ina Klussendorf, of Germany, who was one of the first foreign exchange students to attend Greenville Public Schools, is back in Greenville to attend the Greenville Alumni Banquet on Saturday for her 50th reunion.

First Greenville High School exchange student returns for 50th reunion

A student exchange program was developed in the 1960s to help build friendship all around the world in hopes of discouraging the younger generation from starting wars with each other in the future.


Local girls prepare for Miss Michigan pageants

Two young women in two different organizations are preparing for two different contests, yet they each have one goal — to come away with the crown.

Belding’s Veronica Muniz, left, kicks the ball before Tri County’s Lauren Olsen can get to it during the Division 3 district semifinal Thursday.

Districts: Tri County survives Belding; Lakeview ends season with 11-5-1 record

Tri County’s girls soccer team fought off a tough opponent Thursday, as the Vikings moved on to play in the Division 3 district tournament. The Vikings survived a close game against Belding, winning 4-3.


Funeral Notices — Friday, May 31, 2013

Funeral notices for Friday, May 31, 2013

Dakota Chesebro will graduate from Carson City-Crystal High School this Sunday, as well as reign as Frontier Days queen this weekend in Carson City. — Courtesy photo

From princess to queen, CC-Crystal grad guided by strong spirit of father

Dakota Chesebro has forever been “Daddy’s little princess,” as she recalls her father fondly calling her. It was only fitting that the 17-year-old senior at Carson City-Crystal High School was crowned queen of the upcoming Carson City Frontier Days festival.


Greenville board appoints election representative

A brief special board of education meeting was held by Greenville Public Schools Wednesday to appoint an election representative and give a quick update on the school’s budget. During the meeting, the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education appointed Treasurer James VanderLaan as its representative to cast the board’s vote to elect two candidates to the vacancies on the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education.


Greenville looks at capital projects

The Greenville City Council took a look at proposed capital improvement projects for the fiscal year 2013-2014 on Tuesday. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic proposed projects totaling $3,109,428 during the special meeting at City Hall. Of that amount, 53.4 percent ($1,640,000) would be covered by private money, which includes grants and donations.