Cory Smith

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, right, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as former representative Rick Outman, of Six Lakes, filling in for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Unanimously approved by House, FOIA legislation faces uphill battle in Senate

On March 16, the 110-member House of Representatives voted 108-0 to pass a 10-bill package — House bills 4148 through 4157 — aimed at expanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and state Legislature.

The bills now head to the Senate, specifically the Senate Operations Committee, but supporters of the legislation fear it will die.

Firefighters with the Sheridan Community Fire Department exit Sheridan Community Hospital on Tuesday night after ensuring that a report of a fire at the hospital was only a false alarm. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Dust particle triggers fire alarm at Sheridan Community Hospital

A dust particle is believed to be at blame for triggering a fire alarm late Monday night at Sheridan Community Hospital.


Greenville buys equipment to video and record sewer system

In response to receiving funds from a state grant, this city is now preparing to take action by purchasing necessary asset management equipment. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, Wastewater Superintendent Shawn Wheat presented the council with a proposal to purchase cameras in connection with the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Members of Greenville City Council discuss a proposal to rezone commercial and industrial property on W. Coffren Street in Greenville to residential during the March 21 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Coffren Street property, right-of-way rezoning approved in Greenville

A commercial piece of property that has sat vacant for decades may soon find new life in the residential market. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, the council entertained two public hearings in regards to rezoning a plot of land bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln streets.

Students involved in the many arts programs at Belding High School perform together during a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for the Belding Band Follies show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies brings its annual frivolity to stage

For more than 40 years, band students at Belding High School have come together to put on yearly performance with one purpose: Make ‘em laugh. After performing Thursday evening, members of the band and arts programs will come together again at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center for the annual Band Follies variety show. Tickets are $6 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the high school band program.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.


Greenville applying for grants to fund four recreation projects

In looking ahead to future years, it’s evident that the city of Greenville has one thing clearly on its mind — recreation. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, four public hearings were held involving grant requests specific to recreation improvements.


IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts street-sweeping services

Members of Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve street-sweeping services for the next three years.


Crystal updates FOIA policies

The Crystal Township Board has updated its policies regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) due to increasing FOIA requests at the township office.

Members of the Women’s Action Network (WAN) sit together in solidarity during the March 7 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Future in jeopardy for WAN Marketplace at Veterans Park during Danish Festival

During the inaugural Danish Festival more than half a century ago, the Marketplace at Veterans Park began with a single hot dog stand and a few flea market vendors.

Today, that same marketplace, operated by the Women’s Action Network (WAN), welcomes more than 100 vendors during Greenville’s annual celebration.