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The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

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Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses how to fund economic development in Montcalm County at community forum Monday night at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

PA 88 discussed again as economic development solution

Local officials are still trying to figure out how to make Montcalm County “the right place” for progressive marketing. An economic development discussion took place Monday evening at Montcalm Community College, hosted by MCC President Bob Ferrentino and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. About three dozen local business and government officials attended the gathering to talk about the growth and advancement of commerce in Montcalm County.

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

Tri County High School graduated 133 seniors during Thursday evening’s commencement exercises. Here, seniors wait for their turn to cross the stage and receive diplomas. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

133 Tri County High School grads advised to ‘shoot high’

One-hundred-thirty-three Tri County seniors said their goodbyes to the school that for the last four years has been their home away from home. Some were glad to be leaving, others mourned the passing of friendships that have endured since grade school.

Tri County High School graduating senior Codey Minard hopes to one day land his dream job of being the first wheelchair-bound minor league baseball team manager. His advice to fellow students: keep trying. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior hopes to be first wheelchair bound baseball manager

Codey Minard was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The boy who had loved nothing more than playing sports, particularly baseball, suddenly had to come to terms with the fact he would be spending his life in a wheelchair.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.

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Sand Lake man injured in Pierson Township crash

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Wednesday afternoon crash on Waterwheel Road near West County Line Road, in which one person was injured.

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5th annual Breylon Senn 5K is Saturday at Tri County High School

Breylon Senn may have lost his battle, but his friends and family continue to wage a war against a rare genetic disease.

Senn died from a neurodegenerative form of mitochondrial disease in February 2013. He was only 4 years old.

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JUST IN: Bomb threat made at Sand Lake Elementary School

Police will be roaming the halls of Sand Lake Elementary School today after a written bomb threat was found there Wednesday night.

According to Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings, a school employee found the threatening message written on a wall in the boys’ restroom around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.