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Mollie Hollar, a member of Purls of West Michigan, works on her knitting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Purls of West Michigan knit 100-plus hats and mittens (PHOTOS)

As Dan Eagles stared down at the dozens of knitted hats and mittens laid out before him Wednesday, he reached forward, picked up a small, pink hat and gave it a closer look. “This … I can see this hat going to a little girl to use out on the playground,” he said with a smile.

Attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids, who was hired by the city of Greenville on Tuesday evening, speaks to members of the City Council. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for city prosecutor

After interviewing and evaluating four candidates for city prosecution services, the Greenville City Council came to a unanimous decision Tuesday. The council voted to hire attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids to a three-year contract at an annual rate not to exceed $39,000.

Terry Hankis of Gowen takes a moment to reflect on the many medals his late father, Forrest Hankis, received upon fighting as an airborne infantryman in World War II. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville World War II veteran flew into battle on Greenville-made glider

Standing on the shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Terry Hankis bent down, reached out and collected a handful of sand.

As the grains softly poured through his fingers and returned to the beach, he made sure to collect just enough to place into a commemorative jar.

It was at that moment the Gowen man felt the closest he had been to his father since his father had died in 1971.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts city prosecution services

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to retain services for city prosecution with Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids.

Siver was one of four attorneys to submit bids for the job, also including Thomas Ginster, Michael Lyons, and Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause.

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Schuleit named Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient

On Tuesday evening, the best-kept secret in town was finally awarded to one of this community’s most caring, gracious and humble individuals. During the annual Spectrum Health Celebration of Caring Dinner at Winter Inn, the winner of the 2017 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was revealed.

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JUST IN: Ionia man dies from fall at Spectrum Industries in Belding

An employee at a Belding industrial plant is dead after falling while at work early Wednesday morning.

A bobcat was killed after it ran into a vehicle driven by Sandra Miller Keeler of Stanton in the early hours of Nov 15. — Courtesy photo

Encounter with bobcat causes confusion

Like so many others, Sandra Miller Keeler awoke early on Nov. 15 to partake in the opening day of Michigan’s firearm season.

But upon returning home after an early breakfast in Stanton to retrieve her gun, the Stanton woman felt something strike the side of her vehicle as she was traveling eastbound on Stanton Road.

She immediately turned around to find a man already on scene and — to her surprise — an animal she did not expect to see.

Country music artist John Berry will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit Have Mercy. — Courtesy photo

Country music artist John Berry returning to Greenville

Country music artist John Berry is returning to the area to perform once again, and keeping with his giving spirit, is working in coordination to benefit a local organization.

As part of his “O’ Holy Night: Celebrating 20 Years of Christmas with John Berry Tour,” Berry will make 15 stops throughout the country, including Greenville on Saturday.

Fred Gore, a senior design architect with AECOM in Grand Rapids, presents members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority with a first proposal Tuesday of a potential installation of a canopy over and reconstruction of Lafayette Park.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA mulls $1.5 million proposal for Lafayette Park

A large overhanging glass canopy?

Open spaces with movable furniture?

A stage for performances with a backdrop featuring a decorative waterfall?

Cassidy Brigham of Grand Rapids launches a disc through snowy conditions on one of the 18 holes playing in the Tower Mountain Throwdown disc golf tournament Saturday at the new Tower Park Disc Golf Course in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tower Park Disc Golf Course opens with tournament (PHOTOS)

As Greenville City Manager George Bosanic made his way along Baldwin Street on Saturday morning, he suddenly found himself at a loss for words as he approached one of the community’s city parks. On a day that featured the first snow flurries of autumn and temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the parking lot of Tower Mountain Park was completely full, with dozens of adults gathered at the base of the mountain.