Cory Smith

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Transportation Committee approves survey

Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve of a survey to receive input on manufacturing transportation needs within Montcalm County.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Executive Director  Roger Thelen asks Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, to deliver their opinions Monday on the issue of third grade reading proficiency being discussed through pending legislation in Lansing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman weigh in on education legislation

As Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, toured a state prison Monday morning, she received a firsthand encounter on how a lack of early education in life can lead to time behind bars. Observing a new vocational program at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Emmons watched as prisoners took classes and received hands-on training in programs ranging from auto mechanics to computer-aided design.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the subject of the state’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators get early start on state budget

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, doesn’t find the state budget an exciting topic, but it is one that he deems important. Outman spent more than 30 minutes on the subject of the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year state budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, as two budget bills were introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

From left, Club Phoenix staff members Clarissa Gerwig, maintenance worker Glenn Moore, Shirley Downer, owner Jon Bunce, resident trainer Alyssa Garner, and Jenna Ferguson celebrate the opening of the gym in Belding. A ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m. at 240 Covered Village Mall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Grand opening for Phoenix fitness center in Belding is today

For two years, Jon Bunce has clung to a property at the Covered Village Mall, hoping to one day realize his dream of opening the first and only fitness center in his hometown community. Today, that dream becomes a reality.

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Flowers coming to downtown Greenville this summer

The Lafayette Street planter boxes may be barren as of now, but a plan is officially in place to spruce up Greenville’s downtown district. Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed this month a plan to put both temporary and long-term plans in place for the flower planter boxes located on each side of the street.

Home and business owners in the Greenville community will want to make sure they stay in line with the city’s weed and tall grass ordinance this year, or risk paying upwards of $50 to the city for violations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for lawn mowing services to handle weed violations

Residents take heed: With tall grass comes great — possibly expensive — responsibility. Following in fashion with a decision made last year, the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to again contract lawn moving services for code enforcement violations of the city’s weed ordinance.

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IN BRIEF: The Right Place partnership paying dividends

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves relief from noise ordinance for Relay for Life

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to grant relief from the city’s noise ordinance to the American Cancer Society in connection with the upcoming Relay for Life event.

The view of Crystal Lake from Crystal Township Park will become more appealing to residents seeking to enjoy the sunset after $1,000 will be put toward trimming live trees and removing dead ones from the area. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township OKs park tree trimming, police contract

Enjoying the sunset at Crystal Lake is one of the simplest pleasures offered in Montcalm County … unless you had planned an evening picnic at a nearby park. With a line of trees and brush separating Crystal Township Park from the lake, residents have been deprived of one of the best views in the area. Until now.