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NCG Cinema in Greenville will be showcasing its Sensory Friendly Showings one Saturday a month for the foreseeable future. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville theater offers movie showings to special needs kids

Getting a child to sit through an entire two-hour movie at the theater is difficult … some might say impossible. Sometimes that goes double for children with special needs.

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VIDEO: Greenville residence is a “total loss” after Thursday fire

A residence in downtown Greenville is a “total loss” after an upstairs fire spread through several rooms and consumed the majority of the home Thursday evening.

On Wednesday morning, a deer ran into the side of a Greenville Public Schools bus, causing minor damage to the bus and minor injuries to a Walnut Hills Elementary School student. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Deer hits Greenville school bus, student receives minor injuries

A local cervid decided the students of Walnut Hills Elementary School were in for an early surprise Wednesday morning. At around 8 a.m., a Michigan white-tailed deer ran into the side of a Greenville Public Schools bus near the intersection of South Lake and Fuller roads. According to Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, the deer jumped directly into the side of the bus as it was driving down the road.

On Thursday, the Greenville Planning Commission discussed closing the eastern driveway at the EZ Mart Mobil gas station as part of its site plan for an expanded gas station and convenience store. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville EZ Mart plan reviewed by Planning Commission

No one can say the Greenville Planning Commission was not in the zone during Thursday night’s meeting. During the meeting, the Planning Commission discussed how to feasibly make an expansion request by the EZ Mart Mobil gas station fit the zoning standards of the city.

Baldwin Heights Elementary School Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker is committed to fostering reading in students which accounts for her  2015 Michigan Reading Association Teacher Educator K-6 Award. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Baldwin Heights teacher selected for Michigan Reading Association Award

If there is one word that describes Sarah Shoemaker it is humble — even after she was selected as one of the top educators in the state. Shoemaker was recently selected to receive the 2015 Michigan Reading Association (MRA) Teacher Educator K-6 Award.

Richard and Angela Kazemier joined the Eureka Township Planning Commission’s meeting Wednesday to discuss the opening of the Sisters of Sobriety (SOS), a women’s group home, in the township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Sisters of Sobriety group home to potentially open in Eureka Township

For those who need it, seeking and achieving sobriety is a long, hard road full of twists and turns which, if not careful, can lead one right back to where they started. A husband and wife team is looking to help guide Montcalm County women who need assistance down the road to sobriety.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for city skate park to replace the aging tennis courts and inline hockey rink of Veterans Memorial Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council wants mobile skate park, needs matching funds

On Tuesday, Greenville City Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe received something she has been waiting for nearly a quarter of a century. A skate park. After opening and closing a public hearing, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trust Fund grant to construct an official city skate park.

Beating back the smoke, Montcalm Township Fire Department firefighters ensure the flames from a grass and shed fire Wednesday afternoon off of a South Satterlee are completely out. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township grass fire spreads throughout property, burns shed

Leaping into the Montcalm County Fire Department’s grass fire truck at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson headed out to extinguish a small grass fire. He thought it would be a quick and simple job. However, when he arrived on scene at 2423 S. Satterlee Road, a different scenario was unfolding.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Horse killed, Amish man hurt in buggy collision with pickup

An Amish man was injured and his horse killed when his buggy collided with a pickup truck this morning. Deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a crash, which occurred on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township between Spencer and Pakes roads at approximately 7:29 a.m.

This large culvert opened up between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, effectively closing Podunk Avenue between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads until at least mid-summer, according to the Kent County Road Commission. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Culvert collapses, closes Podunk Ave. for months

The spring thaw came hard and strong, opening up gaping pot holes across the road ways of Michigan. Over on Podunk Avenue in Oakfield Township, a particularly large pot hole opened up.