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Marcia Walker, 90, sits with husband, Lloyd Walker, 87, in their Greenville home on Marcia’s birthday Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marcia Walker continues to shine as she marks 90th birthday

On her 90th birthday, with just short of a century of memories to share, Marcia Walker remains as sharp, witty and caring as ever.

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The lifelong Greenville resident, who celebrated the milestone birthday Friday at home with her husband, former mayor Lloyd Walker, 87, doesn’t miss a beat.

Art Green, a manager with the Michigan Department of Transportation, right, speaks to members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee on Wednesday evening about the potential of a project submitted to expand a two-mile stretch of roadway on M-57 in Courtland Township into a section of four-lane relief passing lanes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MDOT looking at passing lanes for M-57

Traveling from Greenville to the U.S. 131 expressway, there are few who refrain from complaining about the long, sometimes arduous two-lane commute. The 16-mile stretch of state highway offers little passing relief for commuters, of which there are many who make the daily trip for work or recreation to the Grand Rapids area.

Constituents attending the first Legislative Update meeting of the year Monday at Montcalm Community College listen as Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, speak.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Emmons, Rep. Lower talk future of health care, President Trump

Just three weeks into the new year of the Michigan House and Senate legislative sessions, the first local Legislative Update meeting of 2017 proved to be one of little detail.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, beginning her sixth year as state senator, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, beginning his first year as state representative, both shared hopeful messages Monday at Montcalm Community College for the future of the state as they prepare to move forward.

Parking alongside a 160-foot stretch on the east side of Bower Street in Greenville will no longer be allowed after the Greenville City Council granted a request from Spectrum Health United Hospital, citing safety concerns, to designate the street a “no parking at any time” area.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville grants additional no parking area on Bower Street for United Hospital

When it comes to parking at Spectrum Health United Hospital, there will now be a few fewer spots available as safety has become a concern. During a Jan. 17 meeting, the Greenville City Council unanimously approved a request from the hospital to designate a portion of Bower Street a “no parking at any time” area.

Carson City-Crystal’s Paulina Schoenmeyer, left, celebrates with teammates Kaylee Reeder, middle, and Stella Klinger after scoring a goal in a game May 13, 2016. The school’s board of education recently extended the program’s varsity status another two years and the team has as many as 20 girls signed up for next season already. (File photo)

After two seasons, Carson City-Crystal’s girls varsity soccer program extended through 2018

After two successful — but convoluted — seasons of girls varsity soccer at Carson City-Crystal High School, the sport is being given another chance to build upon itself. It was two years ago that the Carson City-Crystal Area School Board of Education voted to make girls soccer a varsity sport at the school for a trial period of two years.

Greenville City Councilman Lloyd Scoby, left, expresses his desire at the Jan. 17 Greenville City Council meeting to have additional discussion about the Greenville Transit System, while City Manager George Bosanic listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville transit to be re-evaluated

In looking ahead to the upcoming year, members of Greenville City Council are preparing to place a renewed focus on the city’s public transportation system. During the Jan. 17 meeting, council members voted unanimously to pass a “resolution of intent” to apply for state formula operating assistance for 2018 for the Greenville Transit System.

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CC-C gets grant, curriculum for reproductive education

Following in the steps of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), another local school district will be taking advantage of a grant awarded to only 20 school districts in the nation. During Thursday’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant.

From left, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presents “Connected Community” certification to Casair founder Steve Meinhardt, Kathy Jo Vanderlaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance Vice President Robert Clingenpeel, and Alliance President Rob Spohr, during Wednesday’s Alliance meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

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IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal Area Schools approve city recreation plan

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve this city’s new recreation plan.

Matt Nielsen, the backup operator for the Greenville Water Department, shakes hands Tuesday with Greenville City Council member Sylvia Warner, after being recognized by the council for becoming state certified. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville water department backup operator recognized

Matt Nielsen knows the ins and outs of this city’s water system — and based on recent test scores, he may know it better than anyone. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, Nielsen was awarded a certificate of recognition from Public Services Department Superintendent Tom Pollock, based upon completing his qualifications to become the water department’s new backup operator.