Curtis Wildfong

Fifth grade students at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville wrote personal letters to different authors around the world requesting the donation of one book to go to children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Pictured are Kennadi Battreall, 11, left, and Pheobe Sower, 10, reading during class Tuesday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Cedar Crest students persuade authors to donate books to children’s hospital

Inside one of the more than 80 books to be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a quote: “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” Sometimes the only way children at DeVos Hospital can escape from the confines of their hospital room is through the imagination of reading.

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Greenville High School principal a finalist for Hastings superintendent job

Greenville High School Principal Jeff Wright has been named one of three finalist for the superintendent opening at Hastings Area Schools and will have a second interview Tuesday.

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Montcalm Township will pay for sirens, use grant money for radios

Due to an issue with the timing of when grant money will be available and when the township would like to install its four severe weather sirens at full service, the township gave approval to reallocate grant funds to radios for fire department.

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority is seriously considering the city-owned parking lot behind downtown buildings between Cass and Grove streets as a location for an open-air structure designed to bring people downtown. The idea is to draw people from downtown to the potential structure through Lafayette Park, which is one of two access points to the lot from Lafayette Street on that block.

Open-air structure considered at Cass-Grove parking lot

It’s all about location, location, location. This was on the minds of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) members as they continued discussions Tuesday of what and where a potential open-air structure would be in the city.

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911 surcharge renewal key for public safety

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center will be asking voters at a special election May 6 to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county.

What began as simply walking in place turned into a vigorous daily workout routine for Tiffany Duffield, who is one of three finalist for the Governor’s Fitness Award for Conquering Obesity. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville woman’s transformation results in statewide recognition

Out of breath at the top of a flight of stairs and her lips and fingers tingling, a 363-pound Tiffany Duffield decided she had had enough. At 29 years old, she had to lose weight. “That was my breaking point. I called my husband and said I can’t do this anymore,” Duffield said. “I felt like I was going to die.”

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer speaks to a crowd of fellow Democrats and Montcalm County residents at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Greenville Friday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Governor candidate Schauer makes a visit to Greenville

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer stopped at Huckleberry’s Restaurant Friday with the message of a need for change in Lansing, taking his shots at Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Greenville library offers free digital magazine subscription

Dozens of magazines at your fingertips, wherever you go, and free of cost. That’s what the Flat River Community Library is now offering its cardholders as part of membership with the library.

Greenville Public Schools officials have put together a committee to research how to best use the time the district has with students, considering alternative calendar options like summer classes for some students, more instructional days or even year-round schooling. Shown are Greenville High School students arriving at the school before first-hour bell Monday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Public Schools taking a look at school calendar options

Greenville Public Schools officials have put together a committee to research how to best use the time the district has with students, considering alternative calendar options like summer classes for some students, more instructional days or even year-round schooling.

Greenville officials have approved a plan that will bring in septage from outside sources to be processed at the city's wastewater treatment plant for a cost. The plan could generate tens of thousands of dollars per year in revenue for the city's sewer fund. Pictured are City Manager George Bosanic, left, and Mayor John Hoppough discussing the plan. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

From tank to bank, processing septage to benefit Greenville

It might be tough to believe there is a market for septic waste, but Greenville officials have approved a plan which will bring in septage from outside sources to be processed at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.