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Greenville City Engineer Doug Hinken discusses with the Greenville City Council a bid for the construction of a new storage building for the recreation department to replace one destroyed in a 2013 fire. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to replace rec department building with larger one

It’s been nearly a year since the Greenville Recreation Department’s storage facility was destroyed in a fire. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the go ahead for building its replacement. The council approved a $25,653 bid for the new building, which will be constructed in the A.G. Davis Park complex at Kent and Walnut streets. The bid from Butterworth Buildings of Greenville also includes electrical work.

Greenville third grader Charlie Braman tosses bean balls during practice Tuesday for the Greenville juggling club.

Greenville schools’ Z Club gathers to practice unique skill

With sharp eyes and a focused mind, Josh Januzelli blocks out all the sounds and movement around him, concentrating instead on the three colored bean balls falling back down into his open palm.

Anyone driving through Sheridan will now see a new addition to downtown, a 15-foot, 1,000-pound cast iron clock at the corner of Washington and Main streets. — Courtesy photo/Andrea Lane Photography

New clock beautifies downtown Sheridan

The beautification of downtowns is something every small town or village hopes to accomplish, and the recent downtown streetscape project of Sheridan was geared to do just that.

With the work on Sheridan’s main street (M-66), the village opted to take advantage of the torn up streets to throw in a few projects of its own, some new sidewalks, signs and street lighting.

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Greenville school bus tips over, students receive minor injuries

Five Greenville Public Schools students were transported to a hospital with minor injuries when a school bus tipped onto its side after losing control on an icy gravel road this morning. According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the injuries were mostly bumps and bruises. Some students were treated at the scene, while five students were transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.

Six Greenville High School students were given high honors for their artwork during a regional competition in Scholastic Art and Writing. Pictured, from left, in back, are Rachel Nanzer, Nathan Bower, Zach Melching and Kristyn Hendricks, in front, Rylee Korsky and Monica Vine. Bower went on to earn a silver award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing competition. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville High School art student is up for national award

Nathan Bower was so involved with high school art projects he forgot he had another due just two days later. Known by his teacher as someone who “flies by the seat of his pants,” Bower, a senior at Greenville High School, wasn’t too worried.

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Two dozen projects on Greenville City Council’s docket for fiscal year

Council members of this city gathered around the dinner table to break bread, but also to discuss a list of items they hope to address in the upcoming fiscal year.

Without delving too far into each topic and instead deciding whether it was something they hoped to consider in the 2014-15 fiscal year for the city, officials settled on more than two dozen potential projects.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College Business Professionals of America Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event. Pictured, from left, are co-adviser Bill Bishop, Rachel Jacobbson, Dustin Snoap, Elizabeth Jacobbson, Devin Covendish, Katrina Soper and co-adviser Michael Adams. Not pictured but also competing are Michael Ruggles, Carmon Bianchi and Justin Brackenbury.

MCC business club to compete at national event

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.