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What began as simply walking in place turned into a vigorous daily workout routine for Tiffany Duffield, who is one of three finalist for the Governor’s Fitness Award for Conquering Obesity. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville woman’s transformation results in statewide recognition

Out of breath at the top of a flight of stairs and her lips and fingers tingling, a 363-pound Tiffany Duffield decided she had had enough. At 29 years old, she had to lose weight. “That was my breaking point. I called my husband and said I can’t do this anymore,” Duffield said. “I felt like I was going to die.”

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Greenville library offers free digital magazine subscription

Dozens of magazines at your fingertips, wherever you go, and free of cost. That’s what the Flat River Community Library is now offering its cardholders as part of membership with the library.

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Five fire departments battle Fairplain Township house fire for six hours

A wood stove is believed to have started a house fire Wednesday evening that destroyed a home along W. Carson City Road (M-57), closing traffic on the busy stretch of highway for several hours as firefighters fought the blaze.

Greenville officials have approved a plan that will bring in septage from outside sources to be processed at the city's wastewater treatment plant for a cost. The plan could generate tens of thousands of dollars per year in revenue for the city's sewer fund. Pictured are City Manager George Bosanic, left, and Mayor John Hoppough discussing the plan. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

From tank to bank, processing septage to benefit Greenville

It might be tough to believe there is a market for septic waste, but Greenville officials have approved a plan which will bring in septage from outside sources to be processed at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Julien Shaver, 6, is shown wearing a weighted vest designed to provide comfort and calmness while he takes part in a sensory activity Monday in Kim Ramos’ class. The vests were purchased by the Greenville High School DECA group, a marketing club. DECA raised almost $500 during a “Time for Change” fundraiser at a football game this past fall. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

DECA group donates weighted vests and blankets for special education students

During football season, student members of marketing club at Greenville High School utilized a “mad minute” of fundraising to help gather money for a cause. It took a little longer than expected, but the nearly $500 raised by the DECA group purchased much needed weighted vests and blankets for special education students at Baldwin Heights Elementary School.

By giving permission to staff members to resist and delay intrusion, Greenville Public School officials say they are allowing more time for law enforcement to respond, which in Greenville is only minutes because the city has its own department. Shown are students of Tony Hoffman’s math class, just prior to the first-hour bell this morning. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Public Schools allowing staff to resist intruders

The conversation on how school officials should respond when an armed intruder gains entry to a building has continued to evolve since the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and even more so since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business services manager of Central Area Michigan Works Consortium, discusses the several goals  the Coalition of Greater Greenville reviewed and updated during it's monthly meeting Thursday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Coalition of Greater Greenville eyes three areas of focus for the future

Twenty years after the Coalition of Greater Greenville first put together some of its areas of focus, the group Thursday looked back upon those goals and revamped them to guide its actions moving forward. While the group made great progress in many of the initial goals, members said, what it set out to do in 1994 are still what it hopes to accomplish.

A group of fifth-graders examine the “organs” of an artificial human torso during the a mini medical school event at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. Surgeons from Spectrum United Health Hospital instructed students on a variety of surgeries. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville elementary school students enjoy hands-on medical experience

Scalpel, please. Donning full surgeon gear, fifth-grade students at Baldwin Heights and Lincoln Heights elementary in Greenville got a first-person point of view of what it’s like to operate on different organs within the human torso.

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Greenville firefighters, officers prepare for emergencies with ice rescue training

The majority of local lakes, rivers and streams may be safely frozen over for the time being, but in a matter of weeks, the current frozen tundra that is Michigan will began to thaw, creating dangerous situations for those who continue to venture onto the ice. That’s why members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety took time Thursday afternoon to partake in an ice rescue training session on Baldwin Lake, to remain proficient in their skills before the dangers of thawing ice occur.

The family team of, from left, Layla McKenzie, 7, Jamie McKenzie, Aidan Porta, 8, and Chris Bartosiewicz, all of Greenville, did the Turk Lake Polar Plunge on Saturday in honor of their relative, the late Bradley Rappuhn, a specialist in the U.S. Army, who died while serving in Afghanistan three years ago. (Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber)

Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises $55,000+ for Special Olympics

Of the 173 participants jumping into the cold water for the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Montcalm County Special Olympians on Saturday, there was none who epitomized the bravery and commitment more than 7-year-old Layla McKenzie of Greenville.