Mike Taylor

Greenville Wesco employee Carina Curtis noted that sales for tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot have been on the rise since the prize officially became the highest payout in the history of the U.S. lottery. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Feeling lucky? Powerball sales high as jackpot climbs to $800 million

The lure of easy millions has lottery fans opening their wallets at party stores across the nation.

The hope of winning tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot — the largest in U.S. lottery history — is attracting even those who have never played before.

Student volunteers are responsible for keeping track of inventory at Baldwin Heights Elementary School’s little libraries. Similar boxes are available at locations throughout the city. Pictured here are, from left, Skyler Brown, Jakob Monks, Connor McColley, Emma Snyder and Keian Loper, all fourth grade students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Popularity of Greenville’s little libraries continues to grow

Literacy is arguably the most important aspect to success in the modern world. Without the ability to read, write and comprehend the written word, a young person’s chances for advancement are significantly reduced. It was in recognition of this fact that, in the autumn of 2013, several area educators, residents and administrators came up with the idea of providing easily accessible reading materials at locations throughout the city.

Thousands of used medical items wind up in landfills every month, where they create a public health hazard. Thanks to a new program at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, proper disposal is now easy and convenient. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New health department program tackles problem of medical waste

For hundreds of Montcalm County residents, daily heath maintenance comes at the end of a sharp needle. Frequently, meds to manage conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, migraines and multiple sclerosis are delivered in this manner.

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Busy year ahead for city of Stanton

It’s been a busy year for the city of Stanton, though not so busy as it’s likely to be in coming years.

According to City Manager Jake Eckholm, 2015 represented a year of planning and laying out of the groundwork for improvements yet to come.

The Pocket Park connecting Lakeview’s main street with the lake from which the village takes its name is one of many improvements completed there in recent months. — Courtesy photo

Improvements draw increased usage of Lakeview’s community parks

If there’s one municipality that seems to be growing steadily more attractive and desirable to both residents and potential business, it’s the village of Lakeview.

According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm — who also serves as Stanton’s city manager — that’s no mistake.

Brothers Remington Schaefer, 10, left, and Wyatt Meyers, 12, shovel the sidewalk in front of their Pleasant Street home in Belding Tuesday morning. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Things returning to normal after blast of ice and snow

With the season’s first real snow and ice storm winding down, thousands statewide remained without power early Tuesday morning.

The Lakeview Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry is currently running low on several important items, due to holiday-related demand. The pantry is most in need of toiletry items and gift cards for the purchase of fresh meat. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry in need of donations

The need for food pantry donations exists year-’round, but sometimes the holidays are an especially tenuous time for those tasked with providing meals to local, economically disadvantaged families.

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Personal items run out first at Montabella Ministerial Association Food Pantry

At the Montabella Ministerial Association Food Pantry, the need for food and toiletries doesn’t change much with the season. This according to Faith United Methodist Church secretary Peggy Graham, who helps in the day-to-day operations of the program.

According to George Clark, field manager for West Michigan Glass Block, a Wyoming-based company that handles a great deal of remodeling jobs locally, remodels can be a big money saver over new construction. (Courtesy photos)

HOME: Build or remodel?

Whether to build or remodel, that is the question that homeowners (and potential homeowners) have faced since mankind first moved out of the caves and began creating homes of wood, brick and stone. In all that time, much has changed and much has stayed the same. It still comes down to the individual and his or her personal needs, desires and financial wherewithal. Good cases may be made for both options.

Apprentice die makers, from left, Alex VanderHoek and Ben Crawford learn the ropes from Dave Bean, a 31-year journeyman die maker, as the three inspect a drawn panel for an inner door reinforcement ran from a draw die in a 2,000-ton press at Greenville Tool & Die. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Greenville Tool & Die

There was a time in this country — seems like long ago — when a willingness to work hard and be a team player could advance an employee from trainee to head of the company. A career was comprised of a series rational advances, earned through self-improvement efforts and an increased understanding of the company’s products and processes. Companies valued their employees and promoted from within.