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OUR VIEW: Bach, Murphy, Greene for commissioners

Several Board of Commissioners races will be on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot affecting our readers in three local districts. Debra Bach of Otisco Township and David Hodges of Belding are vying for the Republican win for the District 1 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

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OUR VIEW: Hoisington and Lyons for state rep

Two Democrats are facing off for the 70th District state representative primary election win, while two Republicans are vying for the 86th District state representative victory.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: It takes it all to create successful schools

I have just ordered the next book I will read. The title is “I Got Schooled,” and the author is M. Night Shyamalan, a noted filmmaker. I just finished reading a review of his book.

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OUR VIEW: Mr. Mogdis, we thank you

The Montcalm Alliance’s list of accomplishments with Franz Mogdis at the helm is literally so long we didn’t have space to print it in Tuesday’s Daily News alongside our story about Mogdis’ retirement.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: An important decision on the Aug. 5 ballot

In a recent column I shared my concern that the public will not understand a proposal that will be on the August 5 ballot. I do not believe that the publicity many of us are receiving provides enough information to help us make a decision.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Popular sheriff weds popular girl in Montcalm County

The Montcalm County sheriff wed a “popular” young woman from Stanton one century ago, as was reported on the front page of the Greenville Independent in a rather breathless article.

“Society circles at the County Seat were given a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning when Miss Ella L. Palmer, daughter of attorney and Mrs. L.C. Palmer, was united in marriage to William E. Rasmussen, Montcalm County’s sheriff,” stated the article from the week of June 30.

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MAKING THE GRADE: Important changes and studies deserve our attention

Although summer is finally in full swing, there are developments in education that deserve our attention.
I want to call your attention to two of them.

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OUR VIEW: What is going on in Edmore?

What were they thinking? That’s the thought on everyone’s minds after four Edmore Village Council members voted to not renew Village Manager Neil Rankin’s contract.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Helping children keep up with their learning during the summer

Another school year has ended. For too long we have associated the summer break with the old saying, “No more pencils, no more books …” But recently we have acknowledged that this so called carefree time can be a detriment to children’s learning particularly if they are struggling in school.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What is Prop 1?

I am assuming that sometime recently many of you have received a mailing about Prop 1. This proposal will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Primary Election.