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Area football teams enter playoffs

Four area varsity football teams will take part in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s playoffs. Pairings for the post-season tournament were announced Sunday; dates and locations were established Monday. In Division 4, Three Rivers, with a 7-2 record after a win over league rival Vicksburg Friday, will travel to Zeeland to take on Hudsonville Unity Christian at 7 p.m. …

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White Pigeon Schools discuss sinking fund renewal

White Pigeon Community Schools hosted the first of what will be three community forums related to its plan in May 2017 to seek renewal of a five-year, 3-mill sinking fund request. Superintendent Jon Keyer said the sessions will give the district a chance to field input from residents regarding what its greatest needs are. He conceded the district has addressed …

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White Pigeon Schools seek community input

Officials from White Pigeon Community Schools are seeking input from the community regarding the state of the district’s facilities and needs. The session, taking place at 6:30 tonight at the high school library, is being staged in advance of the district’s attempted renewal of a sinking-fund millage renewal in May. Superintendent Jon Keyer said input from the public is critical …

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EEOC responds to complaints

The latest development regarding what is being alleged as unfair termination of three administrators in April 2015 centers on a recent rendering by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Three separate complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year and the district, in a media statement issued Tuesday, said all three cases have been dismissed; one in January …

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Former coach charged with embezzlement

A former Constantine girls’ basketball coach has been charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from a non-profit organization. Joseph Stacey was arrested Oct. 4 and arraigned. He was freed on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond. Stacey allegedly embezzled $11,060 between May 2012 and November 2015. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Stacey opened a checking account in May 2012 …

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Local principal honored in DC

Nicole Airgood, principal at Eastwood Elementary School in Sturgis, is among 58 elementary and middle school principals named as 2016 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The recipients were honored last week at a banquet at Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes public- and private-school principals who make superior contributions to their …

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