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More than a food pantry: GLC Hope Ministries provides assistance, shelter

Feeding the hungry of the greater Greenville area is not the only thing GLC Hope Ministries and God’s Love Closet and Hope Rescue Mission accomplishes year-to-year.

It also houses the homeless.

Baldwin Heights Elementary School kindergarteners frolic in the “snow” set up by PTO President Ann Harvey for her annual Holiday Shop. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Baldwin Heights Holiday Shop is a memorable holiday experience

When it comes to the phrase “’Tis the season to be merry” no one takes it more seriously than Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization President Ann Harvey. Especially when it comes to giving the children a true holiday experience.

Eureka Township Supervisor Rod Roy, left, and Code Enforcement and Zoning Administrator Mark Wilkin discuss a potential rezoning request from a township resident. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Township planners consider rezoning request

Determining the proper zoning for a township is an ongoing, ever present issue for township governments, but that is the nature of the game, according to Eureka Township Supervisor Rod Roy.

Greenville City Councilman and Flat River Community Theater member Larry Moss delivers a Shakespearian soliloquy on stage at the Greenville Area Community Center. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Community Center theater gets $18,413 grant for upgrades

After 38 years of nearly constant use, the theater at the Greenville Area Community Center will be receiving a much needed facelift. “The facility is certainly dated,” said Greenville Community Center and Recreation Director Kris Berry. “Much of the inside is all the original equipment. We certainly are due for some upgrades in certain areas but as always it’s funding.”

Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

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Longtime Greenville schools board member gives up his seat

After 17 years as a trustee for the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education, James Vanderlaan has decided to hang up his hat.

One of the questions on the Greenville Area Community Center and Recreation Department’s master plan survey is the state of Danish Kingdom and whether it should be repaired or replaced. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville rec department looks for community input

Putting together a plan of action can be difficult when there is more than one opinion being voiced. Try putting together a plan involving the input of an entire city.

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Greenville home destroyed in fire, all occupants escape safely

As John Bowen, 18, stood outside his home shortly after midnight Monday, he could only watch through watery eyes while firefighters continued to battle back embers and flames that continued to poke through the roof of the residence.

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster addresses the volunteers during the challenge distribution. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive bolsters local pantries

Trying to help strike a blow at hunger in the county is an ever-present battle for food pantries. Every year the Montcalm Food Challenge Drive tries to bolster the food stores of area pantries. “This food is more important than ever,” Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster said. “The need is simply greater this year. It seems every year it gets more and more important.”

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Shop With A Hero: Greenville officers go Christmas shopping with local youths

It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.

On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.