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Barbara Drake

Drake was a dedicated community servant

Although Barbara Drake wasn’t born and raised in the Greenville community, you would never have guessed it by her dedication. With Drake’s passing last Thursday, the Greenville community lost a longtime supporter and public servant.

A row of hops line the horizon at Hopyards of Kent in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area hops farm reaping benefits of craft beer craze (PHOTOS)

From buds to beer, there’s no denying the business of craft beer in Michigan has taken off in recent years. For two consecutive years, the nearby metropolitan city of Grand Rapids has been voted “Beer City USA” and as many as 150 breweries are now operating within the state with another 44 brewery licenses currently pending.

Robert Sherrick, who organized the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville’s weekly poker nights, sits in what now is a room full of empty poker tables. Regulations on charity poker rooms by the Michigan Gaming Control Board means the legion must cease hosting charity poker events, or at least profiting from them. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Sweeping regulations shut down small-scale charity poker rooms

Last July, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a bevy of new regulations on charity poker rooms as the result of an investigation that found several large-scale operations were illegally diverting money away from charities.

About two dozen runners braved chilly temperatures Thursday to make the 5K trek through downtown Greenville and along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. Funds raised from the event go to Special Olympics Area 6, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Law Enforcement Torch Run cheered on by Special Olympic athletes

With a brightly lit torch leading the way on a cold and cloudy Thursday, runners of the third Law Enforcement Community Torch Run made their way through downtown Greenville to help raise money for Special Olympics.

Law enforcement communities across the state of Michigan are organizing torch runs, which serve as one of multiple fundraisers law enforcement and Special Olympics have teamed up for.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

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Home intruder shot, killed at Greenville residence Saturday morning

A man is dead after he entered a Greenville residence Saturday morning, fell asleep on a couch, and was then fatally shot by the homeowner after a struggle ensued between the two.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

Fresh Start Fitness co-owners Chris Reisner, left, and Casey Kubiak see a bright future for their recently opened fitness club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BUSINESS BEAT: New fitness center up and running in downtown Greenville

Area couch potatoes looking to get a fresh start on a lean, healthy lifestyle now have a new choice, thanks to Fresh Start Fitness, 406 S. Lafayette. St., which will host its grand opening Sept. 1. According to co-owner Casey Kubiak, the fitness center offers the latest and greatest in workout equipment, convenience and personal training.

This city of Greenville has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) which will allow the city to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two Greenville transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage. Pictured, from left, are Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to use grant funds for transit garage fix

This city has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which will allow Greenville to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage.