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With a storied career in both the Greenville High School Marching Band and Genesis Percussion Ensemble, Greenville High School senior Julia Gabrysh, 17, hopes to take her drumming talents to Michigan State University this fall as she studies percussive engineering. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville senior and longtime drummer to pursue percussive engineering

As a seventh grade student, Julia Gabrysh found her passion in life early, and at the age of 12, she wasn’t shy in her efforts to perfect her craft. While other students would be finishing up their lunches, or perhaps gossiping about the day’s happenings outside of the classroom, Gabrysh would command the attention of everyone — whether they wanted to deliver it or not.

The U.S.S. Edsall DD-219, pictured here in the San Diego harbor in the 1920s, was laid down by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company Sept. 15, 1919 and launched on July 29, 1920, which Norman Edsall's sister, Bessie, attended. The destroyer was commissioned Nov. 26, 1920. She was sunk in February 1942, during World War II, at the hands of Japanese naval vessels, roughly 5,300 miles away from where Norman Edsall was killed in 1899.

Saginaw man’s curiosity leads to heroic war story with local ties

The more you learn about certain parts of history, the more you yearn to know more. That’s how Randy Knepper came to know Norman Edsall, his great-uncle and Greenville native who perished in a small battle in 1899. Although they are separated by 82 years, Knepper, 61, of Saginaw, probably knows more about Norman Edsall than any other living soul today. Unbeknownst to perhaps many Greenville residents, Edsall is a famous name in the U.S. Navy.

Greenville High School senior Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, 18, left, and fellow transgender student, freshman Alexander Rush, 15, share a conversation in the senior commons at Greenville High School during after-school hours. Top left, members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Greenville High School meet weekly to share both positive and negative experiences in relation to their daily lives, as well as to discuss issues pertaining to acceptance among their peers. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political battles over transgender issues hit close to home for local teens

High school is a difficult time in life to navigate. Teenagers are faced with a perfect storm of volatile emotions and a struggle toward self-identity that can make even getting through the day a difficult task. For transgender students, this struggle is compounded until it can seem completely out of control.

Bree Town, 12, of Greenville, laughs in excitement and to applause after one of her paintings sells for more than $200 Tuesday at the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bree is in remission after battling acute myeloid leukemia and has been recognized as the 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year

There are those who wear their strength on the surface, who look fear straight in the face without backing down and rise above whatever conflict may be at hand. There are those who battle their demons from within, overcoming obstacles that may be hidden to the outsider, overcoming tests and challenges that remain unaware to observers.

The Veterans Park water tower in Greenville will see the addition of more equipment located atop the tower after the Greenville City Council approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville to lease water tower space to Verizon Wireless

When looking for prime real estate, look no further than the top of the nearest water tower. That concept may not sound appealing to a prospective homeowner, but for phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it’s a coveted location that proves valuable for boosting area wireless signal coverage.

The owners of Flo’s Ristorante and Pizzeria are working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority on a Brownfield redevelopment project that will allow future tax revenue to be collected on behalf of the business. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brownfield agreement means DDA would forego future tax revenue

Davide and Dan Uccello have poured nearly $1.5 million in improvements into this community’s newest restaurant, and now the city is taking a step to help recoup some of those costs. As Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria prepares to open on May 30, an arrangement between the Uccellos, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Montcalm County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority aims to establish a redevelopment project at the restaurant.

Becky Butler of Coral, left, laughs as Candy the Camel nibbles on her hair while she takes a selfie photograph, as her mother-in-law, Stephanie Butler, holds her daughter, Evelynn Butler, left, 1, and niece, Harper Brand, right, 1, during the 25th annual Pet Fest at Town and Country Animal Clinic in Eureka Township on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town and Country Animal Clinic celebrates Pet Fest

With plenty of animals abound, a little bit of rain wasn’t going to damper the spirit of the 25th annual Pet Fest. Town and Country Animal Clinic hosted the event Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of visitors attended, receiving the opportunity to pet numerous animals, as well as receive a full tour of the clinic.

From left, teacher Samantha Hondorp, Jazmine Maguire, 18, Xandria Tatum, 17, Jenna Waun, 17, and Taylor Townes, 16, go over the number of classes left for each of them to complete. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Legacy Learning program showcases student progress in first year

For a traditional student at Greenville High School, days pretty much follow the same format daily. Students move from one class to another during passing time and they have lunch at the same time every day. Classes change with the semester. For Legacy Learning students, days can look a little different. Students in Legacy Learning are enrolled in online classes, but can still meet at the high school to go through those classes. Some students are enrolled entirely in the online classes through Edgenuity. Others take some of their classes online and take some traditional classes in the high school as well.

Greenville City Councilwoman Frances Schuleit asks a question in relation to the proposed 2016-2017 budget Tuesday evening, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council reviews proposed fiscal year budget

In the midst of a long road of economic recovery, the path appears to be leveling out for the foreseeable future, revealing a stable city budget in Greenville. But with that stability comes tough choices, and entering 2017, that will likely include various rate increases, raises for city employees and the return of an assistant city manager.

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Greenville DDA looking to hire grant administrator for 6 facade projects

With nearly all documentation submitted, the final steps are now being taken toward improving the face of this city’s historic downtown district. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic informed the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Tuesday that all six property owners applying for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) have submitted all necessary documentation.