Cory Smith

Montcalm County Commissioner Ron Baker, right, takes a moment to speak with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, after Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend law restricting ballot communication

Facing criticism from local officials, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan are defending legislation they believe is being incorrectly interpreted. During Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen addressed Emmons about Public Act 269, a campaign finance law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 6.


IN BRIEF: Outman, Emmons defend PA 269

Facing pushback from a number of their constituents, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, are defending their votes on legislation that recently became law.

Disc golfers at Alan G. Davis Park in Greenville Saturday take a moment to launch their discs in unity at a practice basket in a ritual called “ring of fire.” (Daily News | Cory Smith)

New disc golf course planned for Greenville’s Tower Park

Surrounded by friends at Alan G. Davis Park Saturday afternoon, excitement was in the cold, crisp winter air as disc golfers united for an impromptu tournament at the park’s nine-hole course. The excitement wasn’t caused by the zaniness of playing outdoors in freezing temperatures or the prospect of hitting a hole-in-one, but was due to discussion about the future of the sport within the community.

One of the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge take the plunge into the cold depths of Turk Lake. Last year’s plungers raised more than $35,000 for Michigan Special Olympics. (File photo)

Turk Lake Polar Plunge is Feb. 13

Although not scientifically proven, Jim Dennis has a theory: Jump into the icy waters of Turk Lake and you’ll never be cold again. That’s the mentality the Turk Lake Polar Plunge coordinator shares with those who may be on the fence about participating in the annual event, scheduled for Feb. 13.

Families Against Narcotics chapter for Ionia and Montcalm counties (I/M FAN) Advisory Board member Daniel Brewer speaks about his experiences with addiction and how I/M Fan will aim to help those in need Thursday at First Congregational Church in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Local Families Against Narcotics chapter aims to eradicate drug addiction

As Charlie Powers scanned the crowd of more than 75 people seated before him, he could sense the same pain in them that he carries within himself every day.

From bottom left clockwise, Greenville residents Steve Foster, Kire Wierda, Greenville High School students Landon Kemp, Chloe Wolfe, Josie Randels and Greenville Chamber Executive Director Gae Wolfe discuss ideas during Wednesday evening’s Greenville Public Schools strategic planning meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community comes together to create plan for Greenville Public Schools

Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.

The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic outlines the terms of a settlement agreement with the owners of Zero1 during Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

City of Greenville reaches settlement with Zero1

The four-year legal battle brought forth by the city of Greenville in its case against fraudulent spending of $310,000 in grant monies against two individuals has finally come to a close.


Belding school board makes several technology purchases

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education unanimously approved four separate motions Tuesday for expenditures in technology for the district: Network equipment, wireless equipment, telephone service and Internet service.

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Beverly Brownell points to a map of Belding with every bus route throughout the school district. A new electronic routing system will replace the map, which is currently organized with color-coded thumbtacks and pushpins. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New transportation system coming to Belding schools

When plotting bus routes for Belding Area Schools, Transportation Director Beverly Brownell often feels like she’s jumping a few decades into the past. That’s because the current system in place involves a printed map that uses a color-coded system of pushpins and thumb tacks to map out the school district’s bus routes.


IN BRIEF: 18-hole disc golf course coming to Tower Park in Greenville

Disc golfers will have a new 18-hole course to play later this year in the confines of Tower Park.