Cory Smith

From left, Club Phoenix staff members Clarissa Gerwig, maintenance worker Glenn Moore, Shirley Downer, owner Jon Bunce, resident trainer Alyssa Garner, and Jenna Ferguson celebrate the opening of the gym in Belding. A ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m. at 240 Covered Village Mall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Grand opening for Phoenix fitness center in Belding is today

For two years, Jon Bunce has clung to a property at the Covered Village Mall, hoping to one day realize his dream of opening the first and only fitness center in his hometown community. Today, that dream becomes a reality.

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Flowers coming to downtown Greenville this summer

The Lafayette Street planter boxes may be barren as of now, but a plan is officially in place to spruce up Greenville’s downtown district. Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed this month a plan to put both temporary and long-term plans in place for the flower planter boxes located on each side of the street.

Home and business owners in the Greenville community will want to make sure they stay in line with the city’s weed and tall grass ordinance this year, or risk paying upwards of $50 to the city for violations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for lawn mowing services to handle weed violations

Residents take heed: With tall grass comes great — possibly expensive — responsibility. Following in fashion with a decision made last year, the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to again contract lawn moving services for code enforcement violations of the city’s weed ordinance.


IN BRIEF: The Right Place partnership paying dividends

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.


IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves relief from noise ordinance for Relay for Life

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to grant relief from the city’s noise ordinance to the American Cancer Society in connection with the upcoming Relay for Life event.

The view of Crystal Lake from Crystal Township Park will become more appealing to residents seeking to enjoy the sunset after $1,000 will be put toward trimming live trees and removing dead ones from the area. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township OKs park tree trimming, police contract

Enjoying the sunset at Crystal Lake is one of the simplest pleasures offered in Montcalm County … unless you had planned an evening picnic at a nearby park. With a line of trees and brush separating Crystal Township Park from the lake, residents have been deprived of one of the best views in the area. Until now.

Greenville Planning Commission members, from left, Dale Reyburn, David Ralph and Mike Gustin discuss two requests for special land use during a meeting Thursday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville planners look at special land use requests

The Greenville Planning Commission did not have enough members for quorum Thursday evening, but they did listen to two requests for special land use. Mike Dykstra presented a request to have the property at 504 W. Montcalm St. be used as an adult foster care home, with up to as many as 12 rooms.


IN BRIEF: Greenville Planning Commission listens to two special land use requests

The Greenville Planning Commission did not have enough members for quorum Thursday evening, but members did listen to two requests for special land use.

Grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will upgrade the facades of six downtown buildings in Greenville, such as the building owned by Jim Hopkins (Boost Mobile) at 226 S. Lafayette St., similar to the upgrades at Beamers Tanning & More (right) that occurred last year.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

6 downtown Greenville building owners to receive facade funding

One year ago, two downtown buildings on S. Lafayette Street underwent a tremendous transformation, restored to their original historic designs and colors schemes. This year, the downtown district will undergo a similar change, but on a larger scale, as six more building owners will receive funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township becomes fiduciary for lake board

In a unanimous decision Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board voted to make the township the official fiduciary for the Duck Lake Improvement Board.