MIKE TAYLOR: Falling into a career

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“How do you get from there to here?” the woman asked me.

It happened last weekend at a club I was playing with my little bar band, The Guinness Brothers. We were going on a break after the first set when she approached the stage, accompanied by a fella who turned out to be her husband.

Greenville High School senior earns diploma not only for herself but as inspiration for her daughter

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The moment Alyson Dryer walks across the stage to receive her high school diploma this evening, she’ll be doing so with one special member of the audience kept at the forefront of her heart and mind.

Like the rest of her peers, the Greenville High School senior will be relishing in the accomplishment of graduating high school school, ready to embrace adulthood while placing a focus on working toward a bright future.

Ionia County commissioners approve $11 million worth of ARPA-funded projects

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An estimated $2.5 million worth of upgrades to the Sheriff’s Office/Jail, $1 million worth of new equipment for the Road Department, a $1 million courthouse facade project, a $600,000 upgrade to communication towers to support the use of 800 megahertz radios by county fire departments …

These are just a few of the $11 million worth of planned projects to be funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars as approved by the Ionia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The vote was 6-0 with Commissioner Scott Wirtz absent.

Ionia school board OKs $2 million for new tennis courts, parking lot renovations

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In preparation for next fall, the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education approved three projects on Monday: new tennis courts and two fresh parking lots.

Board members voted unanimously, with Trustee Roger Hull absent, to allocate $2,220,101 from the district’s sinking fund and capital projects fund for the projects.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ a top-notch HCAT production

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The Hans Christian Andersen Theater (HCAT) started decades ago as a way to introduce children to theater. The theater group has now, for the second time, taken on the task of giving those grown children another opportunity to perform on stage.

 HCAT, along with the Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center, will present the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend. The cast and crew are comprised of those 16 years old and older, with many of the actors coming from outside the Greenville area.

CC-C girls soccer earns second win with mercy over Genesee on senior day

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Hugs and tears mixed into a profound sadness washed over the Carson City-Crystal girls soccer team — but they snapped out of it in an instant. 

Head coach Nathan Walker recognized the feelings his team was experiencing. Wednesday marked senior day for the Eagles and there is such a deep connection with this team — the tears were imminent, no matter what, during the halftime ceremony recognizing three seniors and two foreign exchange students.

FACULTY FOCUS: Greta Skogseth is a language arts instructor at MCC

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Greta Skogseth has been a Language Arts Instructor at Montcalm Community College (MCC) for more than 20 years and feels that MCC is the perfect fit for her.

Kirsti Dickinson finds her passion while a student at MCC

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Kirsti Dickinson got an unexpected education at Montcalm Community College.  

While she planned to take her general education courses at the college where her mom works, she didn’t expect that general classroom interactions with two of her instructors would help her find a career she is passionate about. 

Flat River Community Library celebrates the addition of a new StoryWalk

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Flat River Community Library has installed a new StoryWalk around the library for families to enjoy.

A StoryWalk is a permanent installation with a regularly updated series of deconstructed picture books placed around a walking route. Readers follow the path and read the story as they walk between the signs.

One Book One County Montcalm kickoff is May 24

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Find out what everyone is reading during the 2022 One Book One County Montcalm (OBOC) Kickoff Celebration at 1 p.m. on May 24 in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus.

Through the program, a committee selects a significant piece of literature to promote in the county’s book clubs, schools, libraries, organizations, neighborhoods and homes to create interaction in the community.