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Author: Adam Droscha

Bellevue combines fire department and EMS

On July 1, the Village of Bellevue officially joined the fire department with its EMS. The combining of the two branches of emergency services had been in the works for several months. Mark Jordan, who’s been fire chief since January and a member of the department for 13 years, knew this was a task he wanted to accomplish quickly upon being named fire chief. It took the span of Jordan’s first few months as fire chief for the fire department to get approval from the townships, counties, and state. The reasoning behind the change is simple, according to Jordan....

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Burkhead-Green new owners, same commitment to relationships

For more than 100 years Burkhead-Green Funeral Home has served the greater Charlotte area. Charles and LeAnn Green have owned and operated the business since 1980, and in June of 2017 Scott and Charla Kilgo purchased the funeral home from the Greens. Charles, who had worked with Scott in the past, felt the Kilgos would be a good fit for the business and the Charlotte community. Scott has worked in the funeral planning business since he was 16 years old. Most recently he worked with Lux Funeral Homes, based out of Alma, Mich. Based on his previous experiences with...

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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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