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OUR VIEW: Greenville aims to be ‘The Right Place’

Boosting our area’s economic development efforts has been a heated topic of conversation in Montcalm County on and off since the fall of last year. Who should spearhead the drive? How should it funded? What entities should be involved?

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A happy, sad time

May and June are emotional times for graduates and their families. Students are anxious to graduate and move on to an uncertain future. But this is also the time when they face separation from not only their families but from classmates and friends and the familiar routine of school.

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OUR VIEW: Tri promotes health, shows town at its best

The 2014 Tri Greenville was a huge success all the way around. Great for the seasoned athletes and beginners alike, a boost to the local economy, fun for those who came out to watch and volunteer, and fortunately, the weather was perfect.

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OUR VIEW: Borden and Freed will be missed

Last weekend, three local communities are left with big shoes to fill after two longtime leaders resigned to move on to other jobs. Friday was the last day for Mark Borden, administrator for Carson City since 2008. And Friday also marked the last day for James Freed, who has worked as manager for the village of Lakeview since 2008 and for the city of Stanton since 2011.

Guest View | James Hoisington

GUEST VIEW: Citizens won’t benefit from insurance reform

Recently, we have been hearing about insurance reform from Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger and area resident Lou Kitchenmaster regarding placing caps on what currently are unlimited benefits for those involved in serious accidents resulting in long term or even permanent care.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination in education

All school districts recently received a memo from the U.S. Department of Education. The following quote includes most of the content of that memo.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination in education

All school districts recently received a memo from the U.S. Department of Education. The following quote includes most of the content of that memo.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The way schools used to be?

This past week, I had the opportunity to hear Jamie Vollmer speak. He is the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.” Readers may remember him better for “The Blueberry Story” that appeared in this column about a year ago.

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OUR VIEW: Area benefits from altruistic voters

A philanthropic culture of voting Tuesday saw the approval of all four proposals on the ballot.

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OUR VIEW: Votes ‘yes’ for 911 surcharge

Three years ago, Montcalm County voters approved increasing a 911 surcharge fee from $1.89 per line to up to $2.85 per line per month to fund emergency calls.