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Author: Adam Droscha

Interim Superintendent selected for Potterville Schools

In early July the Potterville school board appointed an interim superintendent for the school district. Tom Pillar, a retired superintendent from Waverly schools, is set to fill the interim role until the summer of 2018, by which point the Potterville school board hopes to have a candidate to fill the position permanently. The need for an interim superintendent follows after former superintendent Tim Donahue resigned from his position in May of 2017. Donahue resigned from his position due to a new employment opportunity with Buchanan Public Schools. According to school board president, Stacey Sipes, Donahue had been open to the possibility of a new superintendent position for a couple of years. Donahue started as an interim superintendent at Potterville schools in 2006, before moving into the permanent role. Because the Potterville school board had not done a thorough search, interview, and hiring process for a superintendent for over ten years, the current board decided to appoint someone temporarily to the role so there would be ample time to find a suitable candidate. Upon deciding to take more time and care in selecting a new superintendent, the board next decided to seek the aid of an executive search service, which is a common standard according to Sipes. The Michigan Association of School Boards is providing the search service for Potterville schools, which is an organization interim superintendent Pillar has worked...

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Former Bellevue Township building to be purchased by Fruin Pharmacy

What constitutes a building as historic? This is a question on the mind of some Bellevue locals as Bellevue Township prepares to sell the former Bellevue Township building to Fruin Pharmacy. The township building, donated by Hastings City Bank, was built in the 1920s. Age isn’t the only thing the township is considering in its decision to move the location of its offices, however. Township clerk, Linda Franks, commented that there are many factors to consider in their decision. At the top of their list of growing concerns about the building is its ability to weather the climate. The...

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Cooper Rush visits home after first round of pro training

In May Cooper Rush started his initial NFL training after being drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. The draft was a big step for the recent graduate of Central Michigan University. Rush knew the Cowboys were going to be the best-fit team for him, and after his first weeks of initial training in Dallas, the merit of his decision was affirmed. “It’s been good so far,” said Rush. “It’s a lot of fun being part of that organization.” Rush was pleased by the welcome he and the other rookies received from the coaches, and other players as well. He immediately...

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You Never Know Who’s Passing Through: Part 2

By: Adam Droscha Staff Writer   A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about James Leitner, a man in his mid 20’s who is walking east to west across the United States pulling 10 gallons of water behind him in a small cart. (If you haven’t read the first article, “You Never Know Who’s Passing Through,” I would recommend reading it to have a better idea of who James is, what he’s doing, and why I am writing about him.) James was on day 29 of his journey when I spoke to him at brewery in Kalamazoo....

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Olivet trap shooting team celebrates successful first season

For the first time in the history of Olivet Community Schools, students have the opportunity to join a trap shooting team. Saturday, June 17 the 27-student strong team attended the state trap shooting tournament. Part of the USA High School Clay Target League, Olivet competed against 22 other Michigan teams and placed fifth. With a handful of other notable placements in the tournament, Jamie Bartley is proud of the team’s accomplishments in its first season. Bartley was one of a few Olivet Eagle dads who saw the potential for an Olivet Community Schools Trap shooting team. They had heard...

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