Cory Smith


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.


IN BRIEF: Greenville DDA continues interpretive signs discussion

Members of the Downtown Development Authority continued discussion Tuesday morning on the idea of installing interpretive signs in the downtown district.


IN BRIEF: Grattan Academy to be renamed “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy”

Members of the Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday evening to rename the charter school.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.


JUST IN: Thomas Albert wins Republican primary for 86th District House

With 41 of 41 precincts reporting, voters have elected Thomas Albert of Grattan Township as the representative of the Republican party to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District in November.


JUST IN: Jim Lower wins Republican primary for 70th District House

With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, voters have elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as the representative of the Republican party to run for the 70th District House in November.

From left, Greenville Payroll Clerk Theresa Foster, Deputy Treasurer Erika Ward, Clerk/Treasurer Brad Hool, and Deputy Clerk Krystal Grace-Hatfield stand outside Greenville City Hall together during Hool’s last full week before retirement on Wednesday.

City clerk/treasurer retires after 20 years in Greenville

“Riding off into the sunset” may be a well known Hollywood movie cliché, but for Brad Hool, heading toward that picturesque setting sun is exactly what he intends to do.

West Michigan Regional Planning Commissioner Dave Bee reviews the results of a local manufacturing transportation survey during Wednesday evening’s Greater Greenville Transportation Committee meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

5-year forecast reveals few local state road improvements

It was less than one year ago that Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $1.2 billion road funding package into law, but don’t expect that to lead to smoother commutes in and out of Montcalm County. On Wednesday, the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee gathered for the third quarterly meeting of the year and discussed the state of local roads.


Primary election candidate forum is Monday

With Tuesday’s primary election just around the corner, undecided minds have one final opportunity to listen to this year’s candidates for three important local races. On Monday evening, a candidate forum will take place at the Ash Technology Learning Center at the Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Greenville Campus at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive in Greenville.