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New year, new life: Greenville residents transform their lifestyles via weight loss

GREENVILLE — With the bright lights of an auditorium shining from above, and an audience full of friends, peers and strangers seated before him, Mike Walsh had placed himself in the spotlight. Performing at Greenville High School’s annual R3 concert, the Baldwin Heights Elementary School principal is no stranger to standing before hundreds of people. [...]

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, updates members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority, including Mayor John Hoppough, right, about the status of a proposal for a brownfield grant with Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Flo’s brownfield grant hits snag with MEDC

Efforts to secure tax increment funding (TIF) through a brownfield grant involving Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria appear to have hit a snag. During this month’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic reported that a plan to create a 50-50 split on future TIF funds between the city and Flo’s, as proposed by the city, had been rejected by the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

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Greenville officer Mark Cole retires after 32 years

Standing before friends, family, members of the Greenville City Council and many of his fellow officers, Mark Cole composed himself long enough to deliver a final and emotional message in the face of retirement.

After 32 years with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Cole was celebrated Tuesday evening with thunderous applause and accolades.

Steve DeWitt, joined by his son, Fox, raises his right hand and states his oath during his swearing-in ceremony, administered by Greenville City Clerk/Treasurer Norice Rasmussen on Monday, becoming one of two new officers to join the Greenville Department of Public Safety. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers

The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.

On Monday at Greenville City Hall, Steve DeWitt and Marcus Roy were sworn onto the department by City Clerk/Treasurer Norice Rasmussen.

From left, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough and Councilwoman Frances Schuleit discuss Tuesday evening the decision by the city council to change city banking from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville nets $50,000 a year after change in banking services

In soliciting new banking services at the city level, City Clerk Norice Rasmussen had some good news to deliver Tuesday evening. Rasmussen brought forth a proposal to the Greenville City Council to switch banking services from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank, and with it, swing nearly $50,000 in the city’s favor.

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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville adopts road extension into city street system

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve an extension of Grosvenor Drive into the city’s street system.

This image showcases a photo taken in 1915, courtesy of the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, of downtown Greenville looking north on Lafayette Street at the intersection of Cass Street, merged with a photo of modern-day Greenville taken Wednesday. — Composite image/Cory Smith

Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues work on future downtown interpretive signs

One historic photo at a time, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues to move closer to bringing this city’s history front and center. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Society President Keith Hudson and Historian Kelly Warden delivered an update on the efforts being made to install historical interpretive signs along Lafayette Street.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township creates library relocation committee

In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board created a library relocation committee to assist in the eventual move of the Crystal Community Library.