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The Greenville Area Car show started 10 years ago as a way to attract people to and show off the city’s downtown. Since then it has quadrupled in size, bringing in car enthusiasts from all across the area. — Courtesy photo

Annual downtown Greenville car show continues to grow

When the Greenville Area Car Show held its first event 10 years ago, it was lucky if it had 50 cars line the streets. A decade later, the show has quadrupled in size and draws car enthusiasts from throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

Area organizations are teaming up to provide students in need with back-to-school supplies like the ones pictured above. Coined Operation School Supplies, the program accepts donated school supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Operation School Supplies going strong in fourth year

Believe it or not, another school year is just around the corner and area organizations are teaming up to provide local students in need with back-to-school supplies. The Operation School Supplies program accepts donated supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools.

The Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville recently underwent a $1.7 million renovation. On Monday, the armory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the 22,000-square-foot building. Assisting in the ceremony were Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and representatives from the offices of  U.S. Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville’s National Guard Armory unveils $1.7 million in improvements

Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years. The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.

Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Optimist Camp an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Bat expert sheds light on his winged friends at Greenville’s Optimist Camp

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.

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New Lincoln Heights principal ready to help students explore

In her several years in education, new Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Katy Beebe lives for that moment when it all clicks for her students. “It’s awesome to watch those light bulbs come on and kids learn,” said Beebe, who will replace Michelle Blaszczynski, who took over as the Greenville district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “I love kids and I love to spend time with kids.”

Greenville artist Judy Rogers works on her drawing titled “The Promise,” a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Rogers, who is a retired school teacher from Cedar Crest Elementary School, will enter the piece in the third annual Art @ the Green art competition. The event begins Tuesday and will run through Aug. 16. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Annual Art @ the Green event kicks off Tuesday

Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence. “We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

With 4-H supplying the building, booth and name recognition and Greenville Lions Club members offering the man hours to shop, cook and serve, the two local groups teamed up to raise $9,000 to be split 50-50. This is the first year the two organizations ran a joint food booth at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Pictured are 4-H students and advisers operating the booth. — Courtesy photo

Lions Club, 4-H Club team up for fundraiser

Both the Greenville Lions Club and the 4-H program are founded on education and life experiences for local youths. During last month’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the two organizations teamed up.

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JUST IN: Greenville approves language changes to downtown rental requirements

This city’s council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown.

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JUST IN: Eureka Township postpones zoning administrator interviews

The Board was forced to reschedule the interviews of three candidates for the township’s open zoning administrator position after two of the candidates were unable to attend Monday’s scheduled interviews.