Curtis Wildfong

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.

Greenville Council approved an agreement with an area farmer for the planting and harvesting of 22 acres of city-owned property. Pictured, from left, are Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and Council Member Mark Lehman. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville offers up unused land for farming

This city’s council gave the nod to a local farmer to harvest crops on 22 acres of city land that was otherwise not being utilized.

The city of Greenville has notified Eureka Township it would like to renegotiate a 1986 agreement on the Baldwin Lake sewer system. Shown is one of the more than 100 pumps around the lake. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Greenville seeks renegotiation of sewer system contract with Eureka Township

Now with all of the information and Baldwin Lake sewer agreements in hand, the city of Greenville has notified Eureka Township it would like to renegotiate the contract which governs the sewer system around the lake.

Teachers and staff spent most of Tuesday morning learning about Grenville Public Schools’ newly implemented teacher evaluation system. They will spend today working on building level procedures. The district’s new Chief Academic Officer Michelle Blaszczynski, top right, and Instructional Coach Capalene Howse presented to a cafeteria full of teachers and staff. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville teachers prep for school year

Orientations aren’t just for students. As area youngsters are shopping for supplies and picking out new clothes, teachers and staff at Greenville Public Schools are readying themselves for students’ mass arrival Tuesday.

Greenville resident Crystal Gross took home first place in the 2D category for her charcoal drawing titled “Sunshine.” — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Art @ the Green winning entries shine

Awards have been announced for the 3rd annual Art @ the Green event for both 3D and 2D art pieces. With two places for each category decided by art judges and also an award for the top vote getter from the public, the event was highly competitive among the artists, who came from throughout the area to submit 31 entries.