Cory Smith

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at the Greenville Moose Lodge on Sunday evening, where a fire within one of the walls was quickly extinguished, saving the building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze, save Greenville Moose Lodge

Thanks to the watchful eye of a nearby camper and a quick response by firefighters, the Greenville Moose Lodge remains standing today. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, firefighters with the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to the lodge at 5449 S. Greenville Road, one mile north of Greenville.

From left, sisters Paige Purcey, 8, and Faith Purcey, 12, and parents Angela Purcey, 32, and Jeff Purcey, 34, search for wild Pokemon creatures Saturday at Water Street Park in Belding while playing the new “Pokemon Go” mobile phone game.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gamers take to the streets to play new ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile phone game

To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.

Contributors to the first annual 100+ Men Who Care event listen Tuesday evening at Montcalm Community College as Mark Bellinger of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office delivers a presentation for charity. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Men Who Care raise money for law enforcement memorial fund

Mike Williams had spent several months wondering what he could do to make a significant difference in the community, and thanks to the charitable spirit of more than 100 women, he found an answer.

On Tuesday evening, the Montcalm County Undersheriff hosted the first 100+ Men Who Care event at Montcalm Community College, following in the footsteps of the second annual 100+ Women Who Care event.

Volunteers and employees with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department work together during a preparedness exercise at Central Montcalm High School on Wednesday as officials gather in the center of the gymnasium to evaluate the exercise. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Health department hosts emergency preparedness exercise

Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.

Studio Two Twenty Two at 222 S. Lafayette St., owned by Catherine Behnke and Aaron Adams, is one of six locations packaged together in a facade grant application through the city of Greenville. Architectural renderings show what a potential facade grant restoration would look like for the building.

Downtown building renovations in Greenville could begin in August

If proposed architectural renderings are any indication of what is to come in the near future, storefronts along Lafayette Street are in for a big change.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) facade grant application with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Department of Public Safety to implement electronic ticketing

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to purchase software from Lexis Nexis for the Greenville Department of Public Safety.

Firefighters work together Tuesday morning to spray water on the roof of a burning Oakfield Township residence at 12375 14 Mile Road (M-57).

JUST IN: Oakfield Township fire total loss, 10 residents escape safely

Without warning, from the spark of an electrical charging cable, John Rood suddenly found his home filled with thick, black smoke Tuesday morning.

Jared Rittersdorf of Greenville throws a dead log onto a pile of brush that has been cleared at Tower Park in Greenville in order to clear space for a new disc golf course. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tower Park Disc Golf Course taking shape, needs volunteers

With a heavy, dead log slumped over his shoulder and beads of sweat dripping down his forehead as he trekked across a small stream and up a hill, Jared Rittersdorf could only smile as he looked upward. There, placed at the top of a steep hill, was an orange stake sticking out from the ground.

“That right there, that’s going to be a beautiful view,” the Greenville man said as he looked back behind him at the small ravine he had crossed. “You’re going to be able to stand there, and just watch your disc soar across the park.”