What started as one storm siren expanded to two, then three … and now the Montcalm Township Board has approved the purchase of a fourth (and final) siren.
As talks of an open-air structure downtown continue to progress, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority has shifted focus of potential locations from a vacant lot at the corner of M-57 and M-91 to the Lafayette Park area between Cass and Grove streets.
Despite questioning some of the theory behind it, it’s hard for Grattan Academy to ignore the recent Academic State Champs report that named it the worst school in the state. In spite of the questions, and in light of the data, there was one common theme among the Grattan Academy Board of Directors at Monday night’s school board meeting … “we must do better.”
In life there are highs and lows, ups and downs — and strikes and gutters. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Montcalm County are trying to brighten the days of some of the county’s children in need by offering a mentor, and on March 8, the group will be hosting a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser at Greenville Lanes to raise money for programs in the county.
Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study
It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.
The Greenville City Council on Monday approved transferring more than $250,000 between multiple accounts to cover some funds which were operating on a deficit. The city moved money from the balances of healthy funds to those considered deficit funds in order to balance them, something that is required by state law.
What started as an effort to get more involved in her daughter’s school has morphed into a full-time passion for Ann Harvey, president of the Baldwin Heights Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.
Illuminated by the bluish glow of a computer screen, the sharp eyes of 30-year veteran dispatcher Jan Jourdan dart from one monitor to the next, locating nearest personnel, directing services and gathering information from the caller, all while keeping an almost eery calm.
Firefighters from four area fire departments battled a Sunday fire believed to have started around 10:30 a.m. in the basement of a home at 11491 W. Carson City Road (M-57).