Cory Smith

Jim Lower, right, standing beside his wife, Kristen, center, is sworn in as the next state representative of Michigan’s 70th House District Monday evening by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the Montcalm County Administration building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower takes oath of office for 70th District (PHOTOS)

With his right hand raised upward and left hand placed firmly on the Bible, Jim Lower took his oath of office Monday evening to become a member of Michigan’s 99th State Legislature. Standing before family and friends, and a number of constituents who he has now grown to call friends, Lower, with his wife Kristen by his side, repeated after Lt. Gov. Brian Calley from the third floor of the Montcalm County Administration Building, keeping his hand placed on the very Bible his wife’s parents had once given to him upon converting to Catholicis

Gabe G, 8, plays with Mariah Morrow’s hair during a holiday luncheon Friday afternoon which was held at the Seiter Education Center. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Seiter Center hosts holiday luncheon for families of students

Smiles abounded during a special holiday luncheon at the Seiter Education Center on Friday afternoon. Family members of children who attend the center were invited in to enjoy a traditional holiday feast of ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and a choice of several desserts along with staff and students.

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Belding firefighter fired after Facebook comments

A Belding firefighter was fired Monday morning after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook over the weekend.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic delivers his thoughts Tuesday evening on the city’s audit report, which showed positive results for the city’s finances. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville gets positive audit

From a financial standpoint, the past decade has not been overly kind to the city of Greenville. The future, however, might finally be showing signs of some prosperity.

Jessica Wisinski, a firefighter with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, right, takes a selfie photo with Paige Raths, 12, left, and Ian Raths, 6, center, both of Greenville, during the Shop with a Hero event at the Greenville Walmart on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shop with a Hero event brings together officers, firefighters and children

Prior to entering Walmart on Thursday evening, Joni Turley of Gowen was excited, more so than most 6-year-olds would normally be with shopping on the agenda. But this time, she was under the impression that once she walked through the entrance of the store, she would be greeted by a number of superheroes.

The Greenville Lions Club, assisted by many volunteers, received a $3,000 check from the Greenville Meijer on Thursday to purchase gifts that will be available for those in need during the annual Santa Store event today at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Lions Club buy toys for children, thanks to Meijer

Walking through Meijer with an empty shopping cart Thursday, it took only a few moments for Debbie Kreitner’s cart to be filled to the brim with toys. “Anything to help the kids,” she said. “All of these gifts, for so many kids, I think it’s a worthwhile cause.”

Mollie Hollar, a member of Purls of West Michigan, works on her knitting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Purls of West Michigan knit 100-plus hats and mittens (PHOTOS)

As Dan Eagles stared down at the dozens of knitted hats and mittens laid out before him Wednesday, he reached forward, picked up a small, pink hat and gave it a closer look. “This … I can see this hat going to a little girl to use out on the playground,” he said with a smile.

Attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids, who was hired by the city of Greenville on Tuesday evening, speaks to members of the City Council. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for city prosecutor

After interviewing and evaluating four candidates for city prosecution services, the Greenville City Council came to a unanimous decision Tuesday. The council voted to hire attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids to a three-year contract at an annual rate not to exceed $39,000.

Terry Hankis of Gowen takes a moment to reflect on the many medals his late father, Forrest Hankis, received upon fighting as an airborne infantryman in World War II. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville World War II veteran flew into battle on Greenville-made glider

Standing on the shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Terry Hankis bent down, reached out and collected a handful of sand.

As the grains softly poured through his fingers and returned to the beach, he made sure to collect just enough to place into a commemorative jar.

It was at that moment the Gowen man felt the closest he had been to his father since his father had died in 1971.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts city prosecution services

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to retain services for city prosecution with Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids.

Siver was one of four attorneys to submit bids for the job, also including Thomas Ginster, Michael Lyons, and Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause.