Cory Smith

Purchased by Mike Huckleberry in 1992, Huckleberry’s officially closed Monday and is in the process of being sold to Davide and Dan Uccello, owners of Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After 25 years, Huckleberry’s sells, closes its doors

Twenty-five years ago, Mike Huckleberry can recall the day he purchased the Happy Go Lucky Bar, sipping his very first beer that evening as a new downtown business owner, served by bartender Tom Morrow. On Sunday, after a quarter-century of ownership in which Mike expanded the small dive-bar into a full dine-in restaurant, creating one of the staples of downtown evening entertainment in the community with “Huckleberry’s,” Morrow again served Mike a beer from his own establishment — but for the final time.

Dan Scholtens, left, has been teaching at Belding High School for the past 33 years. He was honored by state Rep. Thomas Albert, second from left, with a tribute during a special assembly Friday afternoon. Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander, second from right, announced Friday that Athletic Trainer Heidi Wilker, right is in the top five finalists for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award from Training and Conditioning magazine. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School teacher, athletic trainer recognized

  BELDING — The auditorium at Belding High School was full of surprises Friday afternoon. State Rep. Thomas Albert of the 86th District visited the school to bestow a state congressional special tribute to longtime teacher Dan Scholtens, much to Scholtens’ astonishment. The fun didn’t stop there. Longtime Athletic Trainer Heidi Wilker was called to [...]

A new portage site located beneath the Franklin Street bridge will be completed this spring, allowing kayakers and canoeists an easier time of navigating past the former dam site on the Flat River. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Portage system will be under Franklin Street bridge

Kayakers and canoeist looking to enjoy trips down the Flat River this summer will now have an easier time of doing so. A change in elevation of the river at the Franklin Street bridge may make for a popular fishing hole, but the former dam site and artificial waterfalls make it impossible to traverse the river without portaging to dry land.

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‘Very good to excellent’ for Greenville city manager’s evaluation

In receiving his annual evaluation, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic earned high praise from members of the Greenville City Council. During a closed-session meeting Tuesday, the council discussed Bosanic’s performance with him. According to a summary statement prepared by Mayor John Hoppough, Bosanic’s results were consistent and indicate that he continues to perform his duties and responsibilities “at a very good to excellent level.”

A parcel of property, 96 acres in size and located within Greenville’s Industrial Park, has received interest from an unknown company that has exercised an option agreement with the city for nearly two years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Company interested in 96-acre Greenville Industrial Park property

In the northeast corner of this community’s industrial park, adjacent to the large factories of AGA Marvel and Dicastal Inc., sits a large parcel of farmland with unknown potential.

For nearly two years, 96 acres of city-owned industrially zoned property located north of County Farm Road and east of Fitzner Road has remained tied up in an option agreement between the city and a company listed as Greenville Venture Partners LLC.

Consumers Energy, which supplies electricity to the city of Greenville, will clear power lines this spring by cutting branches that pose a threat to power lines in the community. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Consumers Energy to clear branches and trees around power lines in Greenville

Spring cleaning may sound like a chore to most, but for Consumers Energy, it’s a task that reliable electricity is dependent upon. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, representatives from the energy company delivered a presentation on upcoming plans of power line clearing. Those plans will involve tree trimming and potential tree removal on a number of city streets and private properties, where branches have begun to crowd around power line and poles.

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IN BRIEF: Consumers Energy to perform electric line clearing in Greenville

With a goal to prevent future power outages in this city, a number of trees will be trimmed and removed this year.

Representatives from Consumers Energy delivered a presentation to the Greenville City Council on Tuesday evening, updating them on plans for electric line clearing.

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Greenville E-Z Mart sells $23.6 million Lotto 47 ticket

A perfect selection going six-for-six on a locally purchased lottery ticket has made someone a millionaire overnight.

John VerPlank, a civil engineer and project manager with Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids, left, goes over detailed mapping of Greenville’s sanitary and stormwater systems Thursday as Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, and James Hegarty, a civil engineer and grants specialist with Prein & Newhof, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Work continues on city’s sanitary and wastewater asset management plan

Within this city exist an intricate and complex labyrinth of pipes, dwelling beneath the surface and invisible to the naked eye. Stretching from corner to corner, the system is comprised of clay, concrete and PVC, aging in areas from just a few months to 80 years, carrying the contents of the community’s sanitary sewer and stormwater systems largely without notice.

Members of the Montcalm County Brownfield Authority discuss Wednesday the details of a brownfield grant proposal submitted by Davide and Dan Uccello seeking $140,000 over 25 years through tax increment financing (TIF) funding for their Greenville business, Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. — Daily News/Cory Smit

Flo’s brownfield grant proposal nears completion after vote of confidence from Brownfield Authority

The saga of a long-pursued brownfield grant for Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar is nearing its conclusion. During a special meeting of the Montcalm County Brownfield Authority on Wednesday, members voted unanimously to approve a resolution to recommend approval of the plan for the property at 107 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, submitted by restaurant owners Davide and Dan Uccello, to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.