Grattan Academy boys basketball coach Robert Brown, center, breaks a huddle during a timeout with his players Friday evening, consisting of players from America, Spain and Denmark. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy basketball teams represent 14 nations

When members of the Grattan Academy basketball teams put on their jerseys, it’s clear they are one team, playing a team sport, with either “Grattan” or “Grizzlies” printed in bold lettering across the chest. But on the back of the jerseys, it’s the last names that are truly unique for these high school teams, as each name represents something far greater than the name of each player.

Beamers Tanning & More received a facade revitalization thanks to Michigan Economic Development Corp. funding that sparked interest in other downtown Greenville property owners to investigate applying for similar funding. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

7 Greenville business owners applying for facade funding

For many years, many Michigan cities, towns and villages have been speaking about “revitalizing” historic downtowns. Greenville is finished speaking about it and ready for action.

A look at the main printing floor at Quad Graphics in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Made in Our Own Backyard: Quad Graphics

Most people don’t wonder where advertising flyers or newspaper inserts come from. However, that’s all Quad Graphics Manufacturing Manager Joe Howard thinks about. Howard is the spearhead when it comes to producing the 2 billion copies of advertising flyers and newspaper inserts Quad Graphics of Greenville puts out per year.

The Montcalm Township Fire Department conducted an ultra realistic training session at a donated house on Sunday. Pictured from left to right, Capt. Matt Nielsen, firefighter Brian Christophersen, probationary firefighter Brad Zuidewind, probationary firefighter Logan Fuhrman, firefighter Bob Hyde, Safety Officer Phil Krantz, probationary firefighter Tyler Caterino, Engineer Officer Ed Hansen, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson, firefighter Eddie Christensen, Lt. Jordan Brygal, firefighter Fred Murray and cadet Adriaan Joosse. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township firefighters undergo sizzling training session

On Sunday, a tremendous fire engulfed and consumed a Montcalm Township home leaving nothing behind but blackened cinders.

The cause of the fire: The Montcalm Township Fire Department.

Daily News Publisher Julie Stafford and her son, Alec Fowler, decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby of the newspaper office in preparation for the Arts Crafts and Gift Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Daily News office. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Christmas on the Green comes to Greenville

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Greenville’s holiday season will officially kick off with the Christmas on the Green celebration. Featuring the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, the Santa Park Party plus a “shop local” day on Saturday, Christmas on the Green is sure to usher in the holiday season with style.

A look at the freshly harvested field that Jed Welder leases from the city of Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville man leasing city land to grow crops

When it comes to keeping the green in Greenville, local farmer Jed Welder takes it literally. Welder is currently harvesting his first crop of corn from land he leased from the city.

The Greenville West Shopping Center strip mall off of Washington Street in Greenville was almost empty at about 5:30 a.m. on Black Friday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville’s Black Friday morning featured a significant lack of shoppers

Rowdy shoppers, often pushing and shoving to get at what they wanted, jostled for items as they crammed the aisles of stores during the dark mayhem of Black Friday sales … is what many thought they would hear after the fact. However, the truth of the matter was vastly different. At least when it came to Greenville.

Mersen makes some of the largest graphite parts in the world. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Mersen

Pencil lead. That’s what most people think of when they hear the word “graphite.” It’s understandable, considering graphite has been used in pencils since the mid-1600s (incidentally, actual lead never was used in the manufacture of pencils — it was always graphite).

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Homeless simulation event brings struggle to the forefront

The image that enters one’s mind when thinking of a homeless person can be quite misleading.

Perhaps it is a man sitting next to a shopping cart, huddled beneath a wore-torn blanket while grasping a bottle of spirits wrapped within a brown paper bag. Or maybe it’s a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, standing on the corner of a street wearing holding a crude cardboard sign asking for help of any kind.

Michigan State Police Trooper Roger Hunt discusses the consequences of impaired driving with Greenville High School freshmen Cameron Heppe, Will Enbody and Lonnie Gibbons during the Project Save Our Children program. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville students experience impaired driving simulation

Driving is one of the fundamental rites of passage for any U.S. teenager. However, driving is a great responsibility, guided by choices behind the wheel. A wrong choice can have severe repercussions.