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Area athletes named to all-state team

June 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three area athletes have been named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association First Team all-state team.

Pitcher Chance Stewart, a Sturgis High School three-star athlete who has committed to Western Michigan University as its football quarterback, was chosen as a Division 2 member for his baseball prowess.

In Division 4, Kaleb McCarroll of Mendon added the all-state honor in addition to being named St. Joe Valley league MVP for the second consecutive season. McCarroll, who graduated in June, played third base and pitched for the Hornets.

Also in Division 4, Centreville’s Michael Kool received the honor for his accomplishments during his sophomore season.

Kool played third base but saw limited action on the mound, as well. He was an integral part of the Bulldog team that won a district title in the 2014 season.

Glen Oaks partnership with Trine

June 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A press conference is scheduled later this week by Glen Oaks Community College regarding a new partnership with Trine University.

Details to be revealed during a 10:30 a.m. Thursday media event are expected to elaborate on a program wherein Glen Oaks students are offered a chance to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Trine without having to leave St. Joseph County.

The 2+2 Pathway program will allow students to earn their associate’s degree at Glen Oaks, and then continue their schooling through Trine at its satellite location also on the Glen Oaks campus.

Trine officials said a scholarship incentive will be made available for Glen Oaks students who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

Woman charged with child sexually abusive material

June 19, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Burr Oak village trustee has been arraigned on charges of possession of child sexually abusive material and use of a computer to commit a crime.

Meadow Woodman, 33, was arraigned last week in District Court. The eight-year village council member was arrested following an investigation that started in February, according to state police investigators.

Det. Sgt. Todd Petersen said Woodman allegedly sought a video of two teens involved in a consensual sex act be sent to her cell phone. Woodman allegedly requested the video after she was aware of its existence, police said.

Woodman, who also serves as high school volleyball coach and is a senior-class advisor, is expected back in court June 26 for a hearing on evidence against her, according to investigators.

Coach named to Hall of Fame

June 19, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Mendon High School volleyball coach Kathy Trenary has been selected as a member of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Trenary, who has held the position in Mendon for 19 years, is one of three in the 2014 class. The ceremony will take place July 25 at McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek.

According to the association, candidates must have at least 20 years of high school coaching experience or 500 career wins. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership and commitment to the sport.

Trenary has a career record of 902 wins and 426 losses, which includes her years as coach at Colon High School. She was named Michigan Volleyball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations for the 2013 season.

More funding for schools

June 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

State Rep. Matt Lori said the equity gap that exists between larger and smaller school districts was narrowed this week, with House approval of Bill 5314, which establishes the School-Aid Fund for the coming fiscal year.

Besides adding $50 in per-pupil funding for all students, the bill also designates another $125 per pupil for smaller schools, closing the equity gap that exists between school districts, Lori said.

Total funding for education in the next fiscal year is $13.9 billion, which is a 4.1 percent increase from last year, Lori said. Early childhood education will receive an additional $65 million, which makes Michigan the leading state in the nation in pre-K funding, he noted.

National Cover Teen named

June 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Anderson’s has named Mendon-area resident Samantha Griffith its 2014 National Cover Teen.

The 18-year-old Griffith was selected after a nationwide contest this past winter.

Troy Ethen, president of Anderson’s, said the annual Cover Teen competition recognizes teens who are leaders in their communities and an inspiration to others.

Griffith has been a member of Mendon’s student council, National Honor Society, prom committee, yearbook editor, basketball, track, equestrian and 4- H.

She also attends Glen Oaks Community College, where she will be enrolled full-time this fall on a full scholarship.

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