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Students at Grattan Academy listen as Justin Yost, director on the board for the Ionia/Montcalm Families Against Narcotics (I/M FAN) chapter, speaks about drug awareness during an assembly put on by the organization Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families Against Narcotics reaches out to students at Grattan Academy

Looking out at the audience of about 70 high school students Friday, it was as if Justin Yost was looking through a mirror to a time he wishes he could return to. Standing in the gymnasium of Grattan Academy, the 32-year-old Greenville resident recounted the days of his own youth, a time before drug addiction led to a spiraling road full of destruction and despair.

The Greenville High School jazz band performs during the Collage Concert. Three times a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m., 35 students gather with Greenville High School jazz band director Jeff Ayres, a full hour before the bell even rings to signal the start of school.

GHS jazz band traveling to St. Louis, performing in regional jazz competition

On the Mount Rushmore of jazz music legends, a space will surely be forever reserved for the master of swing, Duke Ellington. One of the most influential musicians of his time, Ellington’s impression on the culture of early 20th century jazz had no bounds, spreading from coast to coast across America.

A number of roads throughout Montcalm County were temporarily closed Thursday after branches and downed power lines blocked travel due to an overnight storm that left a layer of ice throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thousands lose power after icy winter storm

More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.

Members of Greenville High School’s Village Green Singers perform “Don’t Stop” during the 27th annual Collage Concert at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School Collage Concert (PHOTO GALLERY)

Greenville High School’s 27th annual Collage Concert at the Performing Arts Center took place Tuesday evening.

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Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Mike Walsh talked to the school board Monday about different ways the school is working to improve and how the staff is adapting to changing testing requirements, namely the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).

Greenville school board learns about peer-to-peer outreach

Middle school students in Greenville are reaching out to peers with special needs in order to offer support and to help such students conquer the barriers they face. Two students enrolled in the peer-to-peer outreach classes, Cassandra Kleck, 12, and Luke Swanson, 13, presented to the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education during Monday evening’s meeting. Kleck and Swanson have been part of the program, which pairs participating students with different students who are dealing with disabilities, since before it was officially a class.

Meijer plans to remodel its Greenville store, located at 606 S. Greenville W Dr., as part of a $400 million investment that will see 32 total stores remodeled as well as nine new stores opened. The Greenville location opened in 2001. Areas such as the pharmacy are expected to become less congested in the future with shorter lines after a remodel occurs this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Extensive renovations coming to Greenville’s Meijer store

Anyone who has ever picked up a prescription at the Meijer store pharmacy on Greenville West Drive knows there’s room for improvement. Long lines are the norm, rather than the exception.

Grattan Academy junior Noah Byrd, 16, second from left, is congratulated by senior Devon Hoard, 17, far left, and freshman Michael Taylor, 15, at right, on Thursday after being awarded a scholarship to partially fund a 10-month stay in Italy as a foreign exchange student next school year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan student gets scholarship to study abroad in Italy

Noah Byrd has long acted as an unofficial ambassador to foreign exchange students at Grattan Academy, welcoming visitors from countries across the world with open arms.

As the 16-year-old junior sat among his peers Thursday — and a number of foreign exchange students whom he now calls close friends — it didn’t take long before the attention of everyone in the high school gymnasium turned to him.

A donation box for a book drive is located at Greenville’s Chemical Bank branch at 1311 W. Washington St. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville businesses host book drive donation sites

The Michigan Education Corps, in affiliation with Americorps, has partnered with Meijer stores to help Greenville children in kindergarten through third grade become better readers.

Hopyards of Kent, located at 11908 Elkins St. about nine miles west of Greenville, will be adding an off-site commercial property to handle all of its processing needs, and is expected to open in August. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Major expansion’ in the works at Hopyards of Kent

As Michigan’s booming craft beer business continues to grow at a rapid pace, so too does the agricultural industry responsible for the ingredients that come together to create each cold, fresh beverage.

One of those in the industry witnessing a growth in land use and clientele is Hopyards of Kent, one of the largest family-owned hops farms in the state.

Greenville High School seniors Aiden Ramirez-Tatum and Katrina Thompson count ballots during Monday’s mock primary election.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School students cast mock primary election ballots

If it were up to the students at Greenville High School, the race for presidency would come down to Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump. Greenville students had the option to vote in a mock primary Monday morning to make their picks for presidential candidates. Of the approximately 1,100 students, 636 students voted.