2022-03-22

Greenville inducts 13 into Performing Arts Hall Fame

After establishing a Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2019 at Greenville Public Schools, a new way to honor those who have found success in or contributed to the performing arts was hailed as a new tradition to be celebrated annually.

Each new inductee into the Hall of Fame was to be featured at the annual Greenville High School Collage Concert, however, when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, plans to honor the next classes were delayed as the annual concert event was canceled for two consecutive years.

Pierson Township moves forward with community park project

A township park project years in the making took another big step forward last week.

The Pierson Township Board last Wednesday voted 4-0 (with Treasurer Kathy Hyrns absent) to adopt a parks and rec amendment, which updated verbiage in the township’s ordinance to include language about the future park, which will be located behind the township hall on township land as well as land donated by Jay and Diane Bassett.

MAISD hires new associate superintendent of instruction

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has found its new associate superintendent of instruction with the hire of Adele DiOrio. 

During the March 17 meeting of the MAISD, members of the board approved the hiring of DiOrio in a unanimous vote, filling the vacancy left by former associate superintendent of instruction Stephanie O’Dea, who left the district to take on the role of K-12 education advisor to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

Rolling down a dream

CC-Crystal’s Doug Billings set to accomplish goal of bowling in college at Mid Michigan

Doug Billings believes in hard work. He works hard with school, he works hard with athletics, he works hard with … well, work.

Billings rolls up to the weight room at Carson City-Crystal High School before school with his buddies and they get a workout in. Billings’ buddy Cole Stone, a teammate on the football team and a wrestler for the Eagles, got Billings into fitness and has been a motivator.

GRACE FOWLER: The happiest place on earth

No, I am not talking about Disney.

I came across an article on CNN about the world’s happiest country, which happens to be Finland … for the fifth year in a row. The factors that play into this title are healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support in times of trouble, low corruption, high social trust, generosity, and freedom to make key life decisions. Ranked second is Denmark, followed by Iceland in third, and then Sweden and Norway taking seventh and eighth place. They must be doing a few things right in these countries. The United States came in 16th place, with Canada taking the 15th spot. I was surprised to find out that the U.K. was ranked below the U.S. at number 17. 

Daily News named Michigan’s best small daily newspaper for 7th straight year

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For the seventh straight year, the Daily News has been named Michigan’s best small daily newspaper through the Michigan Press Associations Better Newspaper Contest.

Members of the Arkansas Press Association reviewed 2,909 entries submitted by 96 Michigan newspapers/individual members this year. The competition inspires all journalists to produce their best work, which in turn, nurtures stronger communities. The 2021 awards were announced on March 17 via a virtual ceremony in Lansing.

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JUST IN: Howard City man dies in Montcalm County Jail in apparent suicide

A Howard City man is dead after an apparent suicide in the Montcalm County Jail on Thursday.