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Community mourns pair killed in crashBy Ben BairdHeritage Media

Two young Belleville women were killed early Tuesday morning in a car crash in Canton Township, where they both worked. Danielle Beavers, 19, and Brooke Kennedy, 18, are both former students of Belleville High School who have been described as best friends. The Van Buren Public Schools family is deeply saddened to learn today of a tragic

automobile accident that resulted in the deaths of two former students, Brooke Kennedy and Danielle Beavers, school district Superintendent Mike Van Tassel said Tuesday in a prepared statement. Both of these wonderful young ladies were members of the Van Buren School family since elementary school. Our hearts and prayers are with their families and friends at this terrible time. They were passengers in a Chevrolet Cavalier traveling

southbound on Canton Center Road in Canton Township at about 2:10 a.m. when the accident occurred at the Michigan Avenue intersection, according to the Canton Public Safety Department. Their vehicle was reportedly struck in the passenger side by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling eastbound on Michigan Avenue. According to police, the Belleville women were pronounced dead at the scene

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Danielle Beavers, left, and Brooke Kennedy

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The names of North and South middle schools may be changed as the buildings are recongured for the new school year.

New principals discuss plans, goals for recongured schoolsBy Jerry LaVauteSpecial Writer

MIDDLE MESSAGESrates are effective retroactively to like the city manager and DPW July 1. City residents saw a rate director into the Water and Sewer increase of 23 percent in the 2008Department budget, making the 09 fiscal year, although recent General Fund share of the citys increases have been around expense appear to be more 5 percent. BELLEVILLE affordable. Residents Mike Renaud Expenses have been and George Chedraue shifted to the Water expressed concern that the city Department, and Keith doesnt appeared to be allocating more spend 50 percent of his time on time and expense for city officials water, Chedraue said, referring to

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The Van Buren Public Schools Board of Education recently conducted a work study session in which the new principals of South and North Middle Schools shared their goals for students and staff, and discussed the possi-

bility of changing the name of each school. seven and eight at North Middle. Wilkinson For some among the schools staff and the replaces Peggy Voigt, who retired. board, the name change would symbolize Moore said he met with the staff at South the schools new educational before the end of last mission, in which South will year, knowing that the District mulls idea of name educate fifth- and sixth-grade staff might change conchange for North, South middle siderably afterward. It students, and North will eduschools. See page 3-A. cate seventh- and eighth-grade did. Moore said that 50 students. percent of his current Jeff Moore, formerly the staff for the fall is new to principal of Savage Elementary School, will South. He plans to meet with the new staff in a be the new principal for grades five and six couple of weeks. at South Middle School, replacing Robert PLEASE SEE MIDDLE/3-A Wilkinson, who is the new principal for grades

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Council OKs 5% hike in water, sewer ratesBy Jerry LaVauteSpecial Writer

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At its regular meeting on July 2, the Belleville City Council approved a 5 percent increase in rates for water and sewer service in Belleville, and said that they were passing along recent increases imposed by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The new

DPW Director Keith Boc. Mayor Kerreen Conley, who abstained from the vote approving the new rates because she is employed by Wayne Countys Sewerage Department, said that the city is doing its best to properly allocate time spent by staff on specific areas, and that a more accurate way to record time spent on specific tasks is being implemented.

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