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On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Not taking it for granted

Last night I asked my husband if he wanted to go to the local play, “Dearly Beloved.” “It is supposed to be a hoot,” I told him. He didn’t doubt me. We have been going to local community theater since we moved here 40 years ago. I have to say I take it for granted. Good theater is a constant in our local area. I’ve been thinking about how fortunate we are to not only have good theater, but theater options. Most small communities are not as blessed.


Stanton woman injured after crash on M-66

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — A Stanton woman was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital on Friday afternoon after sustaining serious but nonlife-threatening injuries after a two-car crash on M-66, just north of Holland Lake Road. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post are investigating the accident, which occurred at 2:05 p.m. when a vehicle traveling northbound on [...]

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voters will be asked to decide two issues Tuesday — an operating millage renewal proposal of 18 mills for five years and a $995,000 bond proposal to make improvements to school buildings, including Carson City Elementary School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carson City-Crystal voters to decide 2 ballot proposals Tuesday

Voters will be asked two decide two proposals Tuesday for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district. Daniyel McAlvey and Holly Keiffer are co-chairwomen of the bond campaign, along with Nancy Seals who is assisting in raising community awareness about Tuesday’s vote. Their motto is “Strong Schools, Strong Communities.”


OUR VIEW: Reform needed, but legislation goes too far

The days of reckoning and reconciling with fiscal reality have been coming at us in Michigan for several years now. Essentially, the story begins with the Big Three: automotive titans General Motors, Ford and Chrysler and their union counterparts. In their heyday, they ruled the world in automotive production. Their seemingly invincible auto sales profits led them to set standards in health care and retirement benefit standards in 1900s America.

Karl Van Haren

Pierson president facing recall vote Tuesday

The president of the village of Pierson will find out Tuesday whether he will be recalled by his own constituents or remain in office. In the meantime, Karl Van Haren has initiated his own recall effort against three of his own council members.

Members of the 2012 graduating class of Montcalm Community College celebrate by tossing their  caps into the air Friday night at Central Montcalm High School after receiving their college degrees.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Graduates walk, receive diplomas from Montcalm Community College

During a night of great anticipation, with 130 students eagerly awaiting to turn their tassel and claim their college degree in front of family and friends, Montcalm Community College (MCC) President Bob Ferrentino had one last message to deliver before declaring the hard working students as official graduates of MCC. “We all know it took a lot of hard work for you to get to this point tonight,” Ferrentino said addressing the students and crowd gathered within the Central Montcalm High School gymnasium Friday night.

Greenville's Travis Groom (12) gets back to second as a throw comes to Central Montcalm's Austin Edwards during the first game of the teams' doubleheader Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville baseball team rebounds, tops Central Montcalm twice

Greenville’s baseball team was able to get back on the winning track after getting mercied Thursday. The Yellow Jackets won both ends of a doubleheader against Central Montcalm Friday, winning 12-0 in five innings and 9-3. “It was nice to see us bounce back offensively from a tough loss,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen said.

Greenville's Haley Bitner swings and misses at a pitch during the Yellow Jackets' game against Central Montcalm Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville softball team takes two from Central Montcalm

Greenville’s softball team found the perfect tonic to get into the win column. The Yellow Jackets beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets in a doubleheader Friday, winning 17-6 and 10-9. In the first game, the Hornets (6-15) tagged Greenville pitcher Lexii Canterbury for six runs in the first inning. But that was all they got the rest of the game.

Just Thinking | Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: It’s not whether you win or lose …

Yesterday I went to my second middle school track meet ever. I don’t remember track being an option when I was in seventh or eighth grade, but am so grateful it’s available for my kids today. I, of course, am my son’s biggest fan, paying close attention to his events and cheering loudly so he can hear. But it’s the last Greenville girl to cross the finish line in the 3200 meter – or two mile – that I’m silently cheering loudest for. That’s because I was that girl.

Jim Wood’s vision of a memorial honoring members of the U.S. military who attended Lakeview Community Schools is fast becoming a reality. The memorial currently carries the names of more than 635 service men and women with more being added weekly. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School veterans featured on memorial display

“All gave some — some gave all.” These words, etched deep into the polished wood of the veterans memorial at Lakeview High School, tell the story of the hundreds of young men and women who over the years have left this small, quintessentially American hometown to serve with the U.S. military at locations around the world. Among those who served during wartime, too many never made it home again.