Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, explains the details behind accepting a facade grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves $834,631 MEDC grant agreement

After months of ensuring that all necessary paperwork was filed, regulations met and all parties in agreement, improvements to the downtown district are now just one signature away. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved seven separate motions to move forward with six facade grant improvement projects through a grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

A graphic shows what a new overhanging structure at Lafayette could potentially look like, if the Greenville DDA decides to pursue such a redevelopment project. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Plan in motion for potential renovation of Greenville’s Lafayette Park

Roy LaMarte is well aware of the potential of downtown Greenville, and in reviving a former concept, he is hopeful he can place one of the main social hubs in the community at its very center.

During the Sept. 13 Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, DDA member LaMarte presented an outline of an action plan to begin moving forward on potential redevelopment at Lafayette Park.

Only a few questions remain unanswered in the final steps of the city of Greenville applying for a Brownfield Authority grant that would result in $140,000 in tax revenues over a period of 18 years to be collected by Davide and Dan Uccello, after they invested nearly $1.5 million in improvements in building Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Progress continues on Flo’s Brownfield Grant application

It’s been a process that has lasted several months, but a little financial assistance may finally be on its way to the owners of Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.

This entrance that’s located next to the sign for Cedar Crest Elementary School is not equipped with a buzz-in lock system and is only accessible with a keycard that staff members of the school carry. It remains locked without the keycard. It can be confusing for visitors to the school about which entrance to the school to use and thus is part of a proposed plan to improve infrastructure throughout the district. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Public Schools look at security, facilities upgrades

The infrastructure for Greenville Public Schools could be getting an upgrade. During a regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday evening, Chief Operations Officer Korie Crawford and former Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine made a presentation to the board on the proposed Strategic Plan for District Infrastructure Improvement.

Emergency officials investigate the scene of an airplane crash Sunday afternoon at the Greenville Municipal Airport. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pilot, passenger seriously injured in airplane crash (PHOTOS)

An airplane crash at the Greenville Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon resulted in serious injuries to both the pilot and passenger of the aircraft. According to the Michigan State Police, at approximately 3:50 p.m., a Piper Super Cub PA 18 was taking off from the airport, located one mile south of Greenville on M-91, when it crashed on the south side of the north/south runway.

Located between the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Haan’s Bakery, Lafayette Park is being looked at by the Greenville Downtown Development Authority as a location for a potential open market structure for a farmers market, concerts and other group events. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA revives discussion of creating open market structure

Collecting dust on the agenda of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an item that was once thought to be the spark this city needed to rejuvenate its downtown district. Last discussed in detail in 2011, the idea of an open market structure that could host a number of activities — a farmers market, concerts and other group events — has long been on the back burner.

From left, retired firefighters Jim Hopkins, Gary Valentine, Tim Foster, Randy Elzinga and Dave Steffes stand outside the Greenville Department of Public Safety after being recognized for their collective service of 157 years to the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Indispensable’: 5 Greenville firefighters honored in retirement

Be it steadying a hose for a fellow firefighter attempting to extinguish a flame or making trip upon trip inside a burning home to ensure everyone has escaped safety, serving as a firefighter is a duty well worth recognition.

Five local firefighters have put in more time than most, with a combined 157 of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety. They were recognized at the Aug. 16 Greenville City Council meeting.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown Thursday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Syrjala leads Greenville to physical 49-6 victory over rival Belding

It took three plays for Cal Syrjala to set the tone of the 99th game between football rivals Greenville and Belding at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

On the third play, Greenville’s senior quarterback busted up the middle of the line for a physical 4-yard touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets the first lead of the game.

Greenville never looked back, earning a 49-6 non-conference win to start their season.

2016 Danish Festival Grand Marshals Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan, smile and wave to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade an annual family tradition for many (PHOTOS)

Ann Bigler sat on West Cass Street Saturday morning, anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 Danish Festival Grand Dansk Parade with her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It has long been a tradition in their family to visit the festival, browse around downtown and at Veterans Park and, of course, watch the parade.

Vendors and festivalgoers alike cleared out quickly Saturday afternoon after the city sounded the tornado siren after an official warning was issued by the National Weather Service. Daily News/Cory Smith

Threat of tornado clears out Danish Festival

Fear of a possible tornado drove throngs of people off the streets during the Danish Festival Saturday afternoon.
A severe weather system worked its way north through Montcalm County, after first striking Ionia, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties where as many as 5 tornadoes touched down, resulting in extensive damage.