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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College.

Outman reflects on 6 years as state representative

For six years, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has made monthly trips to Montcalm Community College to update his constituents on the happenings of Lansing.

From state budget issues and road funding concerns, to education legislation and thoughts on the Flint water crisis, Outman rarely, if ever, shied away from speaking on a topic, whether those in the audience agreed with his thoughts or not.

Greenville's Calvin Syrjala, right, steps out of bounds and stiff-arms a Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern player Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville falls to 5-4 in 27-16 defeat to Forest Hills Northern

In a hard-fought battle that came down to the final minutes of play, the Greenville Yellow Jackets fell just short of securing a berth in the postseason.

Playing against Forest Hills Northern (5-4) the Yellow Jackets (5-4) found themselves battling all Friday night in a game that saw five lead-changes, but resulted in a 27-16 defeat to the Huskies.

Lakeview running back and sophomore Addison Mitchell (10), outruns Central Montcalm defender and sophomore Jack Christensen (5) for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Lakeview shuts out Central Montcalm to clinch sixth win and spot in playoffs

With a berth in the postseason hanging in the balance, the Lakeview Wildcats needed every player focused.

Facing off against rival Central Montcalm Hornets, all records were thrown out the window Friday night, with every player from both teams motivated by pure passion.

But as it would turn out, the Wildcats (6-3) were simply too overpowering for the Hornets (1-8), dominating at the line of scrimmage, and running their way to a 35-0 shutout, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”

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New stained glass windows being installed at St. Charles Church

Nearly a quarter century ago, members of St. Charles Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of a new building of worship, rebuilt after having been struck by lighting and destroyed by fire.

But only a small portion of the original colorful, hand-crafted stained glass windows were able to be saved and installed in the cathedral as they sit today.

Teaching his students Friday, Dr. Mark Taylor, the music and band teacher at Flat River Academy, has brought back the instruction of both subjects to the school for the first time in several years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy renamed again, now Flat River Academy

Nearly two months ago, the Grattan Academy Board of Directors made the decision to change the longstanding name of the school as part of a rebranding effort.

But shortly after the decision was made on Aug. 6 to establish Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy as the school’s new name, a number of students voiced their displeasure with the decision.

Repair work will be performed this month on the bridge over the Flat River on West River Drive in Greenville, as expansion joints on the bridge have been leaking and the foundation has been eroding from the river. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hillcrest Street Bridge leaks to be repaired

Hoping to avoid future degradation, repair work on a city bridge over the Flat River will begin and end with a goal to finish by November.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved two motions related to work to be performed on the bridge on Greenville West Drive, which runs north and south over the Flat River.

A pilot taxis his airplane after landing at the Greenville Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Owing to a block grant from Federal Aviation Administration, to be administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, pilots will now have an easier time as the airfield paint markings on the runway will be rehabilitated.

Greenville Municipal Airport runway markings to be given fresh update

As planes come and go at the Greenville Municipal Airport, numbers and stripes mark the runway to help pilots as they make their trips to and from sky.

However, those markings have almost entirely faded away through years of erosion from the elements.

But thanks to a block grant from Federal Aviation Administration, to be administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, pilots will now have an easier time as the airfield paint markings on the runway will be rehabilitated.

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Inaugural Greenville Octoberfest is Saturday

Beer, food, games and music … the inaugural Greenville Octoberfest is shaping up to be a celebration for all to enjoy.

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, the festival will take place with performances from a variety of bands and lots of beverages to go around.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council votes to remove no parking signs

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to remove a large number of no parking signs throughout the community.