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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.

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Schuleit named Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient

On Tuesday evening, the best-kept secret in town was finally awarded to one of this community’s most caring, gracious and humble individuals. During the annual Spectrum Health Celebration of Caring Dinner at Winter Inn, the winner of the 2017 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was revealed.

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JUST IN: Ionia man dies from fall at Spectrum Industries in Belding

An employee at a Belding industrial plant is dead after falling while at work early Wednesday morning.

A bobcat was killed after it ran into a vehicle driven by Sandra Miller Keeler of Stanton in the early hours of Nov 15. — Courtesy photo

Encounter with bobcat causes confusion

Like so many others, Sandra Miller Keeler awoke early on Nov. 15 to partake in the opening day of Michigan’s firearm season.

But upon returning home after an early breakfast in Stanton to retrieve her gun, the Stanton woman felt something strike the side of her vehicle as she was traveling eastbound on Stanton Road.

She immediately turned around to find a man already on scene and — to her surprise — an animal she did not expect to see.