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October 26, 2014 by Helen Gust Selee (Register to contact)

My mother quit school in her senior year with only 3 or 4 months left to graduate. That summer she got married and started her family. After I was born (I was the 4th child)she went back to school and finished, and graduated in 1938. At that time they required it to be actual, physical attendance. Since we lived on the Muskegon/Ottawa county line, I was allowed to go to MHHS and graduated in 1954. She and I were the only ones in our family (of 8) to graduate.

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Muskegon Heights meets goals, student success still lags

Proficiency on M-STEP testing is still low, according to the most recent state data.

Muskegon Heights school academy's financial picture improves

Students are greeted by facility, alumni, and community members on the first day of school at Muskegon Heights High School on Monday, August 22, 2016 in ...

Muskegon Heights school board discusses dissolving district

The Muskegon Heights Public Schools Board of Education hold the trump card.

Muskegon County schools get good and bad news on poverty-minded report card

Muskegon High School was ranked the best in the county while Muskegon Heights was one of the worst in the state.

Just add water: Effort to reopen Muskegon Heights pool

The pool at Muskegon Heights High School closed in 2012 as part of an effort to reduce district debt.

Muskegon Heights drumline bringing beats back after years of absence

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - The band is back in town. Muskegon Heights Marching Band flatlined in recent years. Getting it back has been a long road.

$900K deficit, gift-card spending delays local control for school district

The state oversight board board delayed resolutions to dissolve because of financial issues at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System.

Charter school board fires back in gift-card dispute

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - A dispute over the Muskegon Heights superintendent's purchase of $25,000 in gift cards has escalated into a war of words between ...

Murder, other pleas entered in Muskegon Heights shootings

Keshawn Gresham pleaded no contest to shooting two innocent bystanders, one of them fatally, outside East Park Manor.

Muskegon Promise scholarship not reaching neediest students

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI -- The Muskegon Area Promise scholarship is offered to students at all 16 Muskegon County high schools, but statistics show it is ...

Accounting norms not followed in school's $25K gift card purchase

Public funds were used to purchase $25000 in gift cards during December 2017 and June 2018 at the direction of Superintendent Rane Garcia.

Muskegon Heights prom 2018 to celebrate 'Moroccan Magic'

The event was held at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor downtown Muskegon.

The 'heartbeat of Muskegon Heights' returned to the Coast Guard Festival parade

The group of 39 current and former students brought "soul" back to Grand Haven Saturday.

Killer gets 31 years for shootings that also injured 3 at housing complex

Keshawn Gresham was sentenced for the death of Cornelius "Nelly" Wallace in 2017.

4 shot outside Muskegon Heights High School

Four people were shot outside Muskegon Heights High School, one of them by a sheriff's deputy who opened fire on a shooter, police say.

Financial emergency over for Muskegon Heights schools; will continue on “autopilot”  Michigan Radio

The financial emergency in Muskegon Heights schools is over. That's according to Governor Rick Snyder and the emergency manager who's leaving the district.

Remembering Michigan's 'spinning fullback' from 1947 national-title team

Muskegon native Jack Weisenburger, who died Monday at age 92, was a high achiever in everything he did.

Affordable apartments open at former Muskegon Heights elementary school

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - For 81 years, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School served generations of school children in Muskegon Heights. But the school ...

Suspect pleads to shooting outside Muskegon Heights basketball game

MUSKEGON, MI -- The man who gunned down three people outside a Muskegon Heights basketball game a year ago pleaded no contest to all charges related ...

Defiant community rallies around Muskegon Heights students in face of potential closure  Michigan Radio

The community held a pep rally to support Muskegon Heights students Monday afternoon. The high school is on a list of 38 poorly performing schools that.

'Black Panther' cast includes Muskegon Heights alum as tribesman

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - Muskegon Heights High School students might have more than one hero on their minds when it comes to the "Black Panther.".

County prosecutor's letter seeks to help Muskegon Heights "unity game" overcome recent shooting  Michigan Radio

The scene was set for the varsity basketball team from Muskegon Heights Public School Academy to host their final game of the season. They were scheduled.

Muskegon Heights board president contends school on its way to improving

Muskegon Heights residents and officials are speaking up to stop the possible closure, but they aren't the only ones.

Muskegon's smallish point guard is 'The Answer' for Big Reds

Vernon Nash III, a 5-10 junior who idolizes Allen Iverson, has been his team's most consistent player.

More than 2000 people show up for "unity" game in Muskegon Heights  Michigan Radio

A high school basketball game in Muskegon Heights Wednesday night united two West Michigan communities dealing with violence. Shelby High School was.

"I couldn't accept that." Why Muskegon Heights teachers quit and how it impacts students  Michigan Radio

This story is the second in a four-part series about how things are going so far in Michigan's first fully privatized public school district. Find part one.

Man who shot group outside school basketball game gets prison

Clarence Jamichael McCaleb was sentenced to prison at a quiet court hearing Tuesday that stood in sharp contrast to the shooting of which he was convicted.

2 large tailgates planned for Muskegon Heights homecoming

Heights Alumni Homecoming20. Tamieko Simmons, 50, of Muskegon, right, hugs 1981 classmate Derick Thomas, 50, left, before the release of balloons during ...

Tiger Pride: Muskegon Heights schools, city share rich history  Muskegon Chronicle -

Part one of a three-part series examining the history and pride of Muskegon Heights Public Schools. MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- The black and white ...

Muskegon Heights city election 2017: Council candidate Bonnie McGlothin

On Nov. 7, Muskegon Heights residents will elect three council members to four-year terms.

Muskegon Heights marching band 'legacy' taking an intermission, school leader says

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - Muskegon Heights football fans will notice a "legacy" missing from the games this year - the high school's popular high-stepping ...

Lawmakers praise affordable apartments at old Muskegon Heights school

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School was recently converted into a new, 52-unit affordable housing complex at 525 W. Summit Ave.

Man charged with shooting three outside Muskegon Heights basketball game

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - The man accused of gunning down three people outside a Muskegon Heights basketball game last winter has been formally ...

1 in 4 teachers at Muskegon Heights schools quit during first 3 months of school year  Michigan Radio

Over the summer Muskegon Heights schools' then emergency manager laid off everybody who worked at the district and hired Mosaica Education to run.

New Orleans Saints WR among Muskegon Heights Hall of Fame honorees

The 8th annual Hall of Fame dinner will take place at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, 2441 Sanford St., on May 14.

16 year old shot, killed overnight in Muskegon Heights

Police in Muskegon Heights are investigating a fatal shooting that happened late Monday, Feb. 13, outside a home on Baker Street near East Hackley Avenue.

State begins review of Muskegon Heights schools' finances  Michigan Radio

Tomorrow the state will begin a preliminary review of the Muskegon Heights School Districts finances. This is the first step in a process that would.

Showoff, then mystery masquerade for Muskegon Heights Academy prom 2016

Muskegon Heights Academy's prom Saturday, May 21, started with an air of mystery.

Muskegon Heights High School celebrates 68 graduates in the Class of 2012  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- There was a party in the Tiger Den Wednesday night, and it had everything to do with academic achievement.Usually reserved for ...

School Shootings List in Twenty Years Since Columbine: 240 and Counting  Westword

Twenty years ago tomorrow, on April 20, 1999, two seniors at Columbine High School killed twelve students and a teacher before taking their own lives in an ...

Lookback: Muskegon Heights High first graduating class of 1922 faced much different  Muskegon Chronicle -

Muskegon Heights High's Class of 2012, its last after 90 unbroken years as a public school, faces a future far different from the rosy picture Dr. E.C. Warriner ...

Tiger Pride: Muskegon Heights has risen above challenges before  Muskegon Chronicle -

This is the final part of a three-part series examining the history and pride of Muskegon Heights Public Schools. MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- It is hard for Joe ...

Two men sought in recent shootings in Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - Arrest warrants have been issued for two men, both still at large, in connection with the Aug. 30 shootings in East Park Manor that ...

High school students describe first day as part of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Students at Muskegon Heights High School said their first day in a new charter school district wasn't very different from last year.

Uniforms won't be required at Muskegon Heights High School until next year  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- A plan to implement uniforms at Muskegon Heights High School in January has been postponed by the charter school board after ...

Muskegon Heights council candidates on the issues: water, violence and image

Muskegon Heights city hall will see a lot of new faces on Nov. 9 - the first city council meeting after the Nov. 3 election.

Kalamazoo homicide victim was 'vibrant,' had passion to help people

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Aniya Mack drove 16 hours from Michigan to Louisiana for a surprise on her mother's birthday on June 28, 2017, and brought tickets to a ...

Teen faces murder, three attempted murder charges for apartment shootings

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - A teenager has been charged with the July 2 shooting death of a man in Muskegon Heights and the attempted murder of three ...

Check out the details of Michigan's first privatized public school system  Michigan Radio

Parents in the Muskegon Heights Public School district are just starting to get an idea of what to expect for their children this fall. The district is.

Violence puts parents on edge in Muskegon Heights  The Detroit News

The toll is easily spied along the city's bleak landscape of guns, drugs and blight.

Muskegon Heights charter school budget assumes more students and state money  Michigan Radio

The school board for the new charter school system in Muskegon Heights will likely adopt a preliminary budget Monday. Muskegon Heights schools emergency.

Investigation uncovers non-certified teachers at Muskegon Heights new charter school  Michigan Radio

Update: As of February 14th, these teachers have now obtained valid Michigan teaching certificates or permits. Teachers in Michigan need some kind of.

Shootings extremely rare but safety is still an issue in Michigan schools -

In the past five years, two people have been killed or injured by a gun inside a Michigan school -- a Bay City teacher injured when police officer accidentally fired ...

Muskegon Heights school administrators silent about State Police investigation

Undercover officers with the Michigan State Police descended on the Muskegon Heights Board of Education Wednesday morning and carried off documents ...

Stateside: Argument against Prop 1; what candidates are missing; mapping upward mobility in Detroit  Michigan Radio

Today on Stateside , what are gubernatorial candidates not spending enough time discussing? Our political commentators weigh in. Plus, even in.

Muskegon athletic director Art Duren ousted, Muskegon Heights' Keith Guy may replace him  Muskegon Chronicle -

Keith Guy, who is the Muskegon Heights athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach, said he has not accepted the position as Muskegon High's athletic ...

Muskegon Heights charter board president: Schools will stay open, “That's a promise.”  Michigan Radio

Muskegon Heights' charter school board acknowledged at a meeting Monday night it doesn't know how it'll fund operations for the rest of this school year.

Teen charged with murder and nearly killing three set to face trial

MUSKEGON, MI - The man suspected of fatally shooting one man and nearly killing three others is headed to trial. Keshawn Gresham waived his preliminary ...

It's personal: Nia Merriweather has grown-up worries about Muskegon Heights schools  Muskegon Chronicle -

Plenty has been written about the financial troubles that are plaguing Muskegon Heights Public Schools and more is bound to come. This story is part of a series ...

Keith Guy's move from Muskegon Heights to Muskegon almost a done deal  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON, MI -- The hiring of Muskegon Heights High School Athletic Director Keith Guy as athletic director at Muskegon is expected to be finalized Tuesday.

Elementary principals, coaches returning to work at Muskegon Heights charter district

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- New and familiar faces have been hired by Mosaica Education Inc. to work at the Muskegon Heights charter school district next ...

Muskegon Heights mom holds event to honor slain son, bring community together against violence  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – To passersby, it simply looked like a large party. Music played through speakers outside Connection Hall, located on the corner of ...

It's personal: Nia Merriweather is Muskegon Heights fourth-grader and future US president  Muskegon Chronicle -

Nia comes from a family that is steadfastly devoted to Muskegon Heights Public Schools, in good times and in bad.

Departing Muskegon Heights High principal had mixed results as 'turnaround specialist'  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- Hired to “turn around" academic performance at Muskegon Heights High School, Kathryn Curry had mixed results in her two years ...

Lookback: Legendary Muskegon Heights football coach Okie Johnson  Muskegon Chronicle -

Muskegon Heights would not win a single football game for the legendary Okie Johnson in 1963, his final year as the Tigers' football coach. Johnson would ...

State report cards: See how your high school ranks against those statewide  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON, MI -- Mona Shores and Oakridge have Muskegon County's top-performing high schools, according to the latest "top-to-bottom" ranking of schools ...

Looking back at Muskegon Heights police officer killed in the line of duty

Muskegon Heights Patrolman Johnny O. Harris was ambushed and fatally shot in this month 40 years ago.

Muskegon Heights school board asks for an emergency manager  Michigan Radio

Update 11:36 a.m. The Muskegon Heights School Board plans to take the unusual step of asking for a state takeover. And they say they want Marios Demetriou,

Three killed in Detroit area crash identified as Muskegon residents

They died when their car struck a pole on Telegraph Road.

Muskegon Heights, Michigan residents speak on conversion of public schools to charters  World Socialist Web Site

A WSWS reporting team visited Muskegon Heights and talked with workers, students, and retirees about their reaction to the unprecedented attack on public ...

New Muskegon Heights band director uses 'Drumline' to motivate young musicians [video]  The Grand Rapids Press -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS — The standing ovation the crowd gave Muskegon Heights High School's drum line in the packed lobby of the DeVos Performance Hall ...

Muskegon County homicides hit 20-year high in 2014; law enforcement, community fight back

2014 was a tough year for homicides in Muskegon County.

Good News: Muskegon Heights student's award-winning essay addresses community violence  Muskegon Chronicle -

Cortez Watson Jr., 13, of Muskegon Heights said he had a special reason for submitting his entry last month into the 103.7-The Beat and Stan Grissom's ...

Report: Muskegon High School achievement tops in the area when socio-economic status considered  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON, MI -- Muskegon High School outperforms any other school in the area -- including North Muskegon, Mona Shores and Spring Lake -- when ...

Forging a future: Michael Griffin uses second chance to inspire teens  Muskegon Chronicle -

The first time I talked to Michael Griffin, he was on a train to Indianapolis. I could overhear the rail stations being announced as we chatted on our cell phones.

Boys and Girls Club looks toward future after 'successful' first year

After one year of operation, the club wants to expand.

Muskegon crime mysteries: Talfrieda Covington, a pregnant mom, found stabbed many times outside home  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON, MI -- Talfrieda Covington was a nice young lady. There's no other way to say it. The friendly, loving single mother had none of the lifestyle habits ...

Poverty, academic achievement intertwined, census figures show  Muskegon Chronicle -

Reasons for the connection are as complex as the devastation that poverty inflicts — only some of which includes depression, hopelessness, developmental ...

Beloved Muskegon Heights barber Lawrence Burt leaves a legacy of stories  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- Longtime Muskegon Heights barber Lawrence Burt is being remembered as the guy who always had a story, no matter what you ...

Financial emergency law's potential impact on Muskegon Heights in question

Is the city of Muskegon Heights and its financial difficulties headed for state intervention under the new municipal financial emergency law? Muskegon Heights ...

Muskegon Heights' student loss adds to district's financial woes

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS — An unexpected drop in student enrollment has contributed to a more than $2 million problem for Muskegon Heights Public Schools.

Muskegon Heights pool drownings leave two families heart-broken

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS — The families of two Edgewood Elementary School students gathered Monday to grieve the tragic loss of a doting young girl known as ...

Muskegon prosecutors seek 'gang' charge against murder suspect in Kentae Jones drive-by shooting

For the first time, authorities are openly calling the Jan. 24, 2013, shooting death of 18-year-old Kentae Jones of Muskegon Heights "gang-related" and ...

Reporter on Flint water crisis finds lead at own home  Michigan Radio

For the last year, Lindsey Smith has been at the forefront of Michigan Radio's in-depth reporting of the Flint water crisis . Now, the issue of lead.

Thousands attend Muskegon Heights Police Chief Clifton Johnson's funeral  Muskegon Chronicle -

Thousands of family and friends gathered at Muskegon Heights Senior High School on Saturday to pay their final respects and to celebrate the life of Muskegon ...

Sex partner notification key part in battling Muskegon County's STD problem

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - The process starts with a phone call, a home visit or maybe even a private message on Facebook. The routine -- contacting and ...

Muskegon County deputy named 'Officer of the Year'

The officer who shot the man accused of firing shots into a crowd outside of Muskegon Heights High School following a basketball is being honored.

Hometown News: Military, college news and more for July 2014  Muskegon Chronicle


McKinley Copeland, Muskegon Heights housing commission director, dead at 61  Muskegon Chronicle -

McKinley CopelandMUSKEGON COUNTY — His childhood nickname was “Baby Bull.”For those who knew him best, that name also aptly described the ...

Suspect faces trial for murder of Kentae Jones after eyewitness testimony  The Muskegon Chronicle

An alleged eyewitness to the shooting death of 18-year-old Kentae Jones testified Monday, April 14, that he saw two men fire from a slowly rolling minivan at the ...

In Muskegon County, 87 percent of students not considered college ready  Muskegon Chronicle -

College readiness ranges from 0 percent at Muskegon Heights High School to a high of 28 percent at North Muskegon High School.

Muskegon movie 'Up from the Bottoms' getting national attention  Muskegon Chronicle -

Photo/Clear Vision Films"Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream" tells the story of the large migration of African Americans from the rural ...

Teen gets prison for bringing sawed-off shotgun to Muskegon Hts. school  Fox17

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A 17-year-old who brought a loaded sawed-off shotgun to a Muskegon Heights High School has been sentenced to at least three years in ...

In the wake of right-to-work, Detroit charter school teachers press for union  Michigan Radio

Teachers and staff at a Detroit charter school are pressing forward with an effort to unionize. Teachers at the Cesar Chavez Academy have filed to hold an.

Everything new: First day of school brings new friends, teachers, buildings and school district  Muskegon Chronicle -

The first day of school was upbeat, even with all the change and newness that the new school year brought area students.

Eight Bells: John L. Nedeau, Sr >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News  Scuttlebutt Sailing News

major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.

Former Muskegon Heights resident grooves in LA's music scene  Muskegon Chronicle -

Doug Earley picked up his first saxophone when he was a kid in grade school growing up in Muskegon Heights.

Question of the Day: Are school uniforms a good idea? (Poll)  Muskegon Chronicle -

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Heights High School students are wearing uniforms for the first time this year – a prospect that students are both embracing and ...

Former charter school director in Muskegon charged with falsifying count records  Michigan Radio

Student Count Day just took place across Michigan earlier this week. The amount of state aid a school receives is dependent on the number of students.

Gunshot death of JaFonte DeShaun Thompson remains under investigation  Muskegon Chronicle -

ROOSEVELT PARK — Authorities investigating the death of 15-year-old JaFonte DeShaun Thompson say he likely died when a gun accidentally went off inside ...

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