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Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What goes on in the schools during the summer break?

No more pencils. No more books. Most of us who have been around awhile are familiar with the old saying about school that is usually attributed to students heading for a summer break. No more pencils, no more books suggest that schools close down during the months of June, July and August. It is unfortunate that impression persists, because in 2013 it is a long way from the truth.

Cast members of the Flat River Community Players’ production of “Into the Woods” perform on stage at the Greenville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening during a rehearsal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School, Flat River Community Players work together

Building a coherent community is something that requires everyone to pull together and make some sacrifices for the greater good. The Flat River Community Players’ (FRCP) upcoming production of “Into the Woods” is one of those collaborations that have come with some sacrifices. Greenville High School’s auditorium manager Chris Chapman calls this collaboration a “new experiment” between the school district and the Flat River Community Players.

Jerry Seever pushes his Allis Chalmers to the limit during Tuesday evening’s antique tractor pull at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. The event was sponsored by the Flat River Antique Tractor Club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Flat River Antique Tractor Club hosts pull at fairgrounds

The roar of straining horses could be heard throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening; the kind of horses one finds beneath the hood of a hulking John Deere tractor. At the fairground’s grandstand arena, dozens of antique tractors went fender-to-fender to compete in this year’s tractor pull, sponsored by the Flat River Antique Tractor Club. Owners of Farmall’s, Deere’s and International Harvester’s pushed their rigs to the limit in an attempt to drag a weighted sled just a little farther than the next guy.


OUR VIEW: Tense times for revenue sharing

Uncertain economic times bring added tensions to the practice of revenue sharing among and between governmental units. When money becomes short, so does the patience of the players when it comes to divvying up taxpayer dollars. Federal, state, municipal and township entities all wish to hold their ground and burnish their budgets, even as the pot shrinks.


Montcalm County EMS is now hiring

A decrease in response times, an increase in run volume and a number of unmet calls are resulting in new hires at Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services. EMS Director Dave Feldpausch recently updated the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee about the need for additional EMS staffing.


Sheridan man charged with larceny

A 21-year-old Sheridan man was arraigned Tuesday and charged with larceny in connection with an alleged robbery attempt. According to Lt. Brian Waber of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander James Johnston road a minibike to a residence on the 3000 block of East Condesery Road just before noon on Tuesday and allegedly attempted to open the side door to the home.

Mrs. Li, who came to Greenville from China as part of the Chinese immersion program, posed with her first class that will be advancing in the program at Walnut Hills Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Chinese immersion program surpasses expectations

The outcome of the first year of the Chinese immersion program at Greenville Public School has gone beyond all expectations. On May 31, kindergarteners from the class of 2025 ended the year with a celebration of the success of the first ever Chinese immersion program at Walnut Hills Elementary School.


Funeral Notices for June 27, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Belding’s Brooke Linebaugh swings away at a pitch during the regional softball tournament this year.

Belding softball continues success in 2013

Belding’s softball team did it again in 2013. The Redskins went to the Division 2 quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row this year, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh loved it.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mackenzie Geister pitches during a game against Greenville May 17.

CC-Crystal’s Jensen: ‘Best season we had in years’

Things are turning to the good for Carson City-Crystal’s softball program. The Eagles finished 16-12 this season, which coach Samantha Jensen was ecstatic about.