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JUST IN: Greenville tentatively approved for facade grants

Working on behalf of downtown business owners, the city Tuesday accepted more than $200,000 in Community Development Block Grants which will be used to give two downtown buildings a facelift.

Barbara Drake

Drake was a dedicated community servant

Although Barbara Drake wasn’t born and raised in the Greenville community, you would never have guessed it by her dedication. With Drake’s passing last Thursday, the Greenville community lost a longtime supporter and public servant.

Robert Sherrick, who organized the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville’s weekly poker nights, sits in what now is a room full of empty poker tables. Regulations on charity poker rooms by the Michigan Gaming Control Board means the legion must cease hosting charity poker events, or at least profiting from them. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Sweeping regulations shut down small-scale charity poker rooms

Last July, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a bevy of new regulations on charity poker rooms as the result of an investigation that found several large-scale operations were illegally diverting money away from charities.

About two dozen runners braved chilly temperatures Thursday to make the 5K trek through downtown Greenville and along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. Funds raised from the event go to Special Olympics Area 6, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Law Enforcement Torch Run cheered on by Special Olympic athletes

With a brightly lit torch leading the way on a cold and cloudy Thursday, runners of the third Law Enforcement Community Torch Run made their way through downtown Greenville to help raise money for Special Olympics.

Law enforcement communities across the state of Michigan are organizing torch runs, which serve as one of multiple fundraisers law enforcement and Special Olympics have teamed up for.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. The township board this year set aside $25,000 in its budget for the erection of the 24-by-40-foot covered pavilion, which is located on the north side of the township hall. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

New structure for Eureka Township residents nears completion

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at the Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. “It’s been my dream for three years, said Mark Wilkin, the newly hired zoning administrator. “It’s going to be nice. It’s going to be for the residents.”

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JUST IN: Eureka Township pavilion nearing completion

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at the Eureka Township hall is nearing completion.

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JUST IN: Spencer Township man killed during home invasion

A 34-year-old man was found dead alongside the road this morning after an early morning home invasion at his home on Pine Wood St.

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Have Mercy hosts 5K and 10K on Sept. 13

For the fourth consecutive year, the non-profit organization Have Mercy will be hosting 5K and 10K races to help raise funds for emergency housing and food for the homeless in Montcalm and Ionia counties. Scheduled for Sept. 13, the event will be held at Klackle Orchards and will feature the two races, plus a Wag-n-Walk dog walk and a pancake breakfast.

After nearly two decades at the lectern, Pastor Jerry Jones of First Congregational Church in Greenville will be retiring come October. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Greenville church to bid farewell to longtime pastor

Pastor Jerry Jones of First Congregational Church in Greenville is the third longest tenured pastor in the church’s 162-year history.