Mike Taylor


JUST IN: Two-car crash results in injuries near Crystal

At least two persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash that took place at the intersection of Vickeryville and Sidney roads early Tuesday afternoon.

Since retiring a few years ago, Orleans Township resident Don Kline has been experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease, stemming from the years he served with the infantry in Vietnam. Although somewhat incapacitated due to his illnesses, he remains a passionate collector of Native American arrowheads. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding veteran Don Kline’s experience in Vietnam conflict leaves lasting scars

Don Kline, just a year out of Belding High School, did not want to go to Vietnam. Like most young men, all he really wanted was to get a job, date a girl or two, maybe start thinking about a career. But in March 1968, shortly before his 19th birthday, Don’s draft notice arrived. He was one of 44,000 young men who found their lives forever altered by a conflict — nobody official was calling it a war — half a world away.

Stanton’s new downtown clock is modeled after a similar timepiece installed last year in the village of Sheridan. — Courtesy photo

Stanton holds clock installation ceremony

The idea of an ornate, old-fashioned downtown clock struck such a chord with residents and businesses that it was installed Thursday, months ahead of schedule. When organizers began the fundraising arm of the project, they anticipated it would run through October or later. Instead, donors contributed well over $16,000, exceeding the clock’s $14,731 price tag. The extra funds are being used for landscaping improvements around the clock.

Several establishing shots for the independent film, “Project Zemph,” were filmed in Greenville. Pictured here at work on the set are, from left, K. Charles Wight, Bobby McElgunn, Nick J. Brower and Tyler Shane Seeley. — Courtesy photo

Movie filmed in Greenville to debut in Grand Rapids

What’s real and what’s only the product of imagination? How much of our experience can we trust? How much is embellished by the amber lens of time?

These are questions examined, and to some degree answered, in the upcoming film by Grand Rapids-based director Tyler Shane Seeley, “Project Zemph.”

Serena Allen’s new shop, Forever Yours Bridal, offers both traditional wedding attire as well as unusual offerings such as camouflage-themed weddings. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Forever Yours Bridal offering several lines

Serena Allen admits she’s “taking a chance” with her new store, Forever Yours Bridal, 701 S. Greenville Road. But it’s a calculated — and educated — risk.

WGLM staffers and Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds organizers spent Wednesday afternoon decorating at the fairgrounds for the upcoming Halloween Bash, set for Friday evening following downtown Greenville trick-or-treating. — Courtesy photo

Halloween activities happening at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds

It’s going to be a rocking good time this Halloween when WGLM Radio hosts its first ever Halloween Bash at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road just north of Greenville.

One of the main aisles in the Material Prep department, with second shift group leader Terry Lueder peeking out, gives an idea of the sheer size of Federal-Mogul’s Greenville plant. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Federal-Mogul offers local, global employment opportunities

Federal-Mogul may look like a small town manufacturing plant, nestled as it is along the railroad tracks on the east end of the city. Looks can be deceiving. In reality, the company is a global juggernaut with “sister plants” spanning the globe; South Africa, Poland and 21 other countries are home to Federal-Mogul, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in the Greenville location.

Representing the Padden family, Lakeview chiropractor Gary Padden, left, accepts the Lakeview Area Community Fund Quality of Life award from LACF Board member Pat Hinrichs. — Daily News/Mike Taylow

Padden family receives Quality of Life award at community fund dinner

For the past 14 years, Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) has been giving students, businesses and civic organizations in the village a financial leg up. Organizers reason what’s good for the residents is good for the entire municipality.

Gifted fingerstyle guitarist and 2001 Lakeview High School graduate David Youngman recently took first place in the prestigious International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kan. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview grad wins international guitar championship

Jim and Sharon Youngman always encouraged their son’s creativity. Even at age 5, David was fascinated with the creative process, whether that entailed drawing, painting or playing guitar, as did his father.

As the years passed, music gradually became his first passion. David followed his muse, trying to recreate the sounds of other players. When he couldn’t find others playing the music he imagined in his own mind, he attempted to play it himself. Through necessity, almost, he learned his craft.

Martha Henry brings to the stage the character Prof in “Taking Shakespeare.” Now director of the Stratford Festival, Henry got her first taste of acting as a child in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

A long, sometimes bumpy journey from nerdy kid to Stratford director

Martha Henry was only 5 years old when she found the doorway to another world. Like the magical wardrobe that transported children to Narnia, Martha’s doorway was secreted away in plain sight, not in a bedroom, but in her grandparents’ dining room.