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Charlie Mahar, at right, explains his plans for the future if he is elected Montcalm County sheriff while fellow sheriff candidates Michael Williams, center, and Charles Noll, at left, listen during a primary election forum Monday evening in Greenville. The three Republicans are facing off in today’s election. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County candidates make final bid for votes before today’s election

The three candidates in the hottest race in Montcalm County were given one last chance to earn votes. Charlie Mahar, Charles Noll and Michael Williams had their final face off during a candidate forum Monday evening at Montcalm Community College’s Ash Technology Learning Center in Gr

Tyler Nelson was given an electric scooter, shown here, by his coworkers through a collection of donations. Prior to this, Tyler was walking approximately two miles each way to go to work. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Restaurant employees help ease commute for coworker

Tyler Nelson has a job to do. He wakes up in the morning, puts on his uniform and hat, packs a backpack with lunch and other necessities and he sets out. He walks approximately two miles each way on his commute to work.

The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

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Greenville brewhouse production company boasts growth

Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.

Firefighters work together Tuesday morning to spray water on the roof of a burning Oakfield Township residence at 12375 14 Mile Road (M-57).

JUST IN: Oakfield Township fire total loss, 10 residents escape safely

Without warning, from the spark of an electrical charging cable, John Rood suddenly found his home filled with thick, black smoke Tuesday morning.

Katrina Horton delivers a surprise bouquet from Greenville Floral to Metron of Greenville resident Arlene Weeks on Monday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Floral delivers smiles

A local flower shop was bringing smiles to area residents Monday morning and afternoon. Greenville Floral participated in the “Make Someone Smile Week” put together by Teleflora, a California-based company with more than 13,000 member florists throughout the U.S.

An employee of Edward Mulholland tosses a spray line to the side Monday morning as he sprays the roof of the McCarthy Park pavilion from right to left with asphalt-based aluminum to cover the rust. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

South Carolina man paints park roof, pays it forward in Montcalm County

Edward Mulholland spent his 25th birthday painting the rusting pavilion roof of a Montcalm County park … for free. Mulholland, who lives in North Augusta, S.C., has been coming up to Michigan the past few years to do paint jobs over the summer. He painted four barns earlier this summer for Roger Betten of Trufant.