Darrin Clark

male addict syringe and heroin in a spoon in the shape of a cross

HEROIN HITS HOME: The Daily News to begin 4-part heroin series

The 2015 Sam Quinones book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” tells the story of how the prescription painkiller epidemic of the early 2000s spawned heroin addiction in unlikely locations around the country.


Firefighters’ ‘quick and prompt’ action saves Coral mobile home

Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish a mobile home fire early Tuesday morning, effectively saving the structure. At approximately 5:46 a.m., firefighters from the Maple Valley Township Fire Department were called to the report of a structure fire at 15819 Lincoln Street.

Members of the Heether family were in attendance at the dedication. James Heether Jr. was one of the Belding residents who died in Vietnam and he has one of 12 pillars dedicated to him, which were unveiled at Friday evening’s war memorial dedication. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Vietnam War memorial one step closer to completion

The next phase of the Belding war memorial Denny Craycraft and committee members are working to bring to fruition is complete. Craycraft, along with members of the committee, hosted a dedication ceremony at the site of the memorial Friday evening. The memorial is being constructed near the Pere Marquette Depot on Bridge and Depot Streets.


Township elects board members, OKs millage requests

All but one position on the Otisco Township Board was up for grabs in Tuesday’s election and those results are now finalized. Joseph Daller was elected as supervisor, Cara Johnson was elected treasurer and Ben Oatley and Dan Zeigler were re-elected trustees.

The Greenville High School Orchestra performs at a concert in 2013. — File photo

Our3 Variety Show is set for Oct. 22

The music of the 1950s and ’60s is going to make a rip-roaring comeback next weekend at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Current and former staff and students, including Superintendent Linda Van Houten and other administrators, will take the stage to perform in the annual Our3 Campaign Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

Meghan Koglin

Daily News welcomes new reporter, sports editor

The Daily News editorial staff recently added a new reporter and made several other staffing changes.

Greenville resident Gary Zarkowski is hoping to take property he purchased at 6910 S. Greenville Road (M-91), behind AutoZone, and turn it into a min-storage complex. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville property owner looking to build new storage units

Gary Zarkowski is hoping to bring a new storage facility to the outskirts of the city limits. Proposed to the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday evening, Zarkowski, who owns real estate company Zarkowski Properties, is aiming to turn five acres of vacant land he purchased into a mini-storage complex at 6910 S. Greenville Road (M-91).

The Chosen Women, a subsidiary of The Chosen Ones motorcycle club, sort out school supplies to fill the 240 backpacks the club will distribute on Sunday at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

The Chosen Ones biker club give away backpacks

They are The Chosen Ones, a biker club of burly, bearded bears of men who roar around the streets on high-powered Harleys looking for any kind of trouble they can find. If trouble is defined as giving away school supplies to local children who need a helping hand.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas reviews a map Wednesday morning showing areas of high precipitation infiltration in the cit’s stormwater system. The results were discovered thanks to monitors utilized through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

Beneath roads, sidewalks, homes and business, lies a vast underground network of pipes and channels that go unnoticed by your average city resident. But the importance of Belding’s stormwater and wastewater systems is immeasurable, used by nearly every resident and business owner in the community.

Danish Festival Band Director Keith Hudson leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park. Cool temps and the threat of rain did little to dissuade the audience from showing up. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish Festival Band closes concert series

Cool temperatures and lowering skies did little to dull the enthusiasm of Tower Riverside Park music lovers who turned out to hear a performance by the Danish Festival Band. The final installment in the Rhythm on the River summer concert series, the performance was scheduled to coincide with this year’s Danish Festival, which kicked off Thursday evening.