Cory Smith

Auctioneer Marty Spaulding, left, points to a woman holding her bidding card high in the air during Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction at the Sheridan Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ionia and Montcalm counties recoup unpaid taxes through land auction

On the surface, a piece of vacant, foreclosed property in Edmore would attract little to no attention to anyone driving past it. But at Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction, nearly every piece of property up for grabs, including small empty parcels such as that rural roadside lot on North Cedar Lake Road, commanded attention.

The new Belding Vietnam War Michigan Prisoners of War monument was placed in front of the Vietnam Wall Memorial on Tuesday at Belding Veterans Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan POW monument placed at Belding memorial (PHOTOS)

After two tours in Vietnam, U.S. Army veteran Chuck Wright can still recall every region he once spent time in half a world away. Whether it was arriving on shore by boat in 1965, or dropping in as a paratrooper in 1969, Wright’s time with the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division is worthy of a monument for all to admire and respect.

Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native stabbed in robbery

A Greenville native now living Savannah, Ga., is recovering at home after being stabbed several times during a robbery Sunday. Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home.

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JUST IN: Four apartments destroyed in fire at Pine Manor; no one injured

Several apartments were destroyed in a structure fire early Wednesday morning at the Pine Manor apartment complex, but all residents were able to escape safely.

According to Greenville Public Safety Sgt. and Fire Lt. Darren Jones, firefighters were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. to 1201 S. Cedar St. in Greenville, where a fire had started on the exterior of the apartment complex, behind apartments numbered 19 through 22.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville purchases new firefighter turnout gear

New turnout gear is on its way for local firefighters after approval by the Greenville City Council on Tuesday evening.

Electricity is provided at portions of Noll Park in Crystal Township, but with those expenses being paid from the township’s fire department fund, some officials want a new power meter installed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township trying to restore electricity to Noll Park

With lights for ballfields and power for the picnic pavilion, energy is needed at local parks, but the question of who is paying for it has raised a few eyebrows.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members discussed that issue concerning Noll Park, which is located adjacent to the township’s fire department station on Smith Street.

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IN BRIEF: Propery owner looking to build storage unit complex in Greenville

A new storage facility has been proposed from a local business owner, who hopes to construct on vacant land.

Gary Zarkowski of Zarkowski Properties is hoping to construct a mini-storage complex at 6910 S. Greenville Rd. (M-91), located directly across from the former Meijer building.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, center, speaks on the topic of interpretive, historic signs as City Manager George Bosanic, right, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe, left, listen during Tuesday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA continues sign discussion

From the former Hotel Phelps, now a vacant lot, to the original Meijer Thrift Store, only a memory to some today, much of Greenville’s history remains locked in the past, visible only in photographs. But if an idea continues to float among the Greenville Downtown Development Authority comes to fruition, that history would be prominently displayed for any visitor of the city to observe for themselves.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township recycling site relocating to Noll Park

The recycling site within this township will be moving locations in a matter of weeks.

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to begin a consolidation effort that will close Grattan Elementary School, with all operations moving to the school district’s Eureka Township location, which will serve as a K-12 charter institution. The elementary school has been functioning since 1955. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy gets new name; elementary school building to be closed

After 20 years as a local educational institution, Grattan Academy Charter School is about to undergo two of the largest changes in its history.

During Monday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, board members voted unanimously to drop “Grattan” from the name entirely and to rename the school “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy” as part of a new branding effort to change the image of the school.