Cory Smith


IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves purchase of new police cruiser equipment

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to purchase new equipment to be used on two new police cruisers.

Carla and Jason Hill, along with their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, are now displaced and attempting to purchase a new home after their Crystal Township home was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 20. (Courtesy photo)

Crystal family dealing with loss of home

When the Hill family was informed of a storm heading their way with the potential to produce a tornado, they wisely left their trailer and sought shelter with nearby family.

Jason and Carla Hill and their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, were safe with Carla’s parents on Aug. 20 as they waited out the storm, but when they returned to their home at 9232 E. Colby Road, things quickly changed for the worse.

The pedestrian bridge spanning across Fish Creek, connecting West Park to Haradine Memorial Park in Carson City, is an example of a connecting bridge that city officials, in collaboration with officials from Bloomer Township, would like to see to connect property in the township to West Park. 
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Carson City, Bloomer Township working together on parks and rec plan

With various playgrounds and pavilions located throughout this community, city officials are seeking public input about the future of three city parks.

The Carson City Council is looking to implement a new five-year recreation plan and, in doing so, are prepared to work collaboratively with officials from Bloomer Township, which encompasses the city.

Located between the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Haan’s Bakery, Lafayette Park is being looked at by the Greenville Downtown Development Authority as a location for a potential open market structure for a farmers market, concerts and other group events. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA revives discussion of creating open market structure

Collecting dust on the agenda of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an item that was once thought to be the spark this city needed to rejuvenate its downtown district. Last discussed in detail in 2011, the idea of an open market structure that could host a number of activities — a farmers market, concerts and other group events — has long been on the back burner.

From left, retired firefighters Jim Hopkins, Gary Valentine, Tim Foster, Randy Elzinga and Dave Steffes stand outside the Greenville Department of Public Safety after being recognized for their collective service of 157 years to the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Indispensable’: 5 Greenville firefighters honored in retirement

Be it steadying a hose for a fellow firefighter attempting to extinguish a flame or making trip upon trip inside a burning home to ensure everyone has escaped safety, serving as a firefighter is a duty well worth recognition.

Five local firefighters have put in more time than most, with a combined 157 of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety. They were recognized at the Aug. 16 Greenville City Council meeting.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Police Staff Sgt. and Fire Lt. Brian Blomstrom received an award of merit for for outstanding effort in the area of ISO recertification. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville’s ISO rating improves

On the surface of public safety are many officers, firefighters, large emergency vehicles and noisy sirens.

But behind the scenes, data entry, paperwork and diligence ensures the Greenville Department of Public Safety runs smoothly.

Following the most recent inspection from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) of the city’s fire services, that commitment to excellence has now paid off in a way that will benefit city property owners.

Auctioneer Marty Spaulding, left, points to a woman holding her bidding card high in the air during Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction at the Sheridan Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ionia and Montcalm counties recoup unpaid taxes through land auction

On the surface, a piece of vacant, foreclosed property in Edmore would attract little to no attention to anyone driving past it. But at Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction, nearly every piece of property up for grabs, including small empty parcels such as that rural roadside lot on North Cedar Lake Road, commanded attention.

The new Belding Vietnam War Michigan Prisoners of War monument was placed in front of the Vietnam Wall Memorial on Tuesday at Belding Veterans Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan POW monument placed at Belding memorial (PHOTOS)

After two tours in Vietnam, U.S. Army veteran Chuck Wright can still recall every region he once spent time in half a world away. Whether it was arriving on shore by boat in 1965, or dropping in as a paratrooper in 1969, Wright’s time with the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division is worthy of a monument for all to admire and respect.

Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native stabbed in robbery

A Greenville native now living Savannah, Ga., is recovering at home after being stabbed several times during a robbery Sunday. Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home.

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JUST IN: Four apartments destroyed in fire at Pine Manor; no one injured

Several apartments were destroyed in a structure fire early Wednesday morning at the Pine Manor apartment complex, but all residents were able to escape safely.

According to Greenville Public Safety Sgt. and Fire Lt. Darren Jones, firefighters were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. to 1201 S. Cedar St. in Greenville, where a fire had started on the exterior of the apartment complex, behind apartments numbered 19 through 22.