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A new portage site located beneath the Franklin Street bridge will be completed this spring, allowing kayakers and canoeists an easier time of navigating past the former dam site on the Flat River. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Portage system will be under Franklin Street bridge

Kayakers and canoeist looking to enjoy trips down the Flat River this summer will now have an easier time of doing so. A change in elevation of the river at the Franklin Street bridge may make for a popular fishing hole, but the former dam site and artificial waterfalls make it impossible to traverse the river without portaging to dry land.

A parcel of property, 96 acres in size and located within Greenville’s Industrial Park, has received interest from an unknown company that has exercised an option agreement with the city for nearly two years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Company interested in 96-acre Greenville Industrial Park property

In the northeast corner of this community’s industrial park, adjacent to the large factories of AGA Marvel and Dicastal Inc., sits a large parcel of farmland with unknown potential.

For nearly two years, 96 acres of city-owned industrially zoned property located north of County Farm Road and east of Fitzner Road has remained tied up in an option agreement between the city and a company listed as Greenville Venture Partners LLC.

Consumers Energy, which supplies electricity to the city of Greenville, will clear power lines this spring by cutting branches that pose a threat to power lines in the community. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Consumers Energy to clear branches and trees around power lines in Greenville

Spring cleaning may sound like a chore to most, but for Consumers Energy, it’s a task that reliable electricity is dependent upon. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, representatives from the energy company delivered a presentation on upcoming plans of power line clearing. Those plans will involve tree trimming and potential tree removal on a number of city streets and private properties, where branches have begun to crowd around power line and poles.

John VerPlank, a civil engineer and project manager with Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids, left, goes over detailed mapping of Greenville’s sanitary and stormwater systems Thursday as Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, and James Hegarty, a civil engineer and grants specialist with Prein & Newhof, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Work continues on city’s sanitary and wastewater asset management plan

Within this city exist an intricate and complex labyrinth of pipes, dwelling beneath the surface and invisible to the naked eye. Stretching from corner to corner, the system is comprised of clay, concrete and PVC, aging in areas from just a few months to 80 years, carrying the contents of the community’s sanitary sewer and stormwater systems largely without notice.

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UPDATE: Man killed in head-on crash on Sidney Road

A two-vehicle head-on crash Tuesday morning resulted in the death of one of the drivers.

During the giving portion of Saturday’s Spectrum Health Charity Ball, signs were held high across the room as attendees wrote checks and pledged donations. Donations will go toward renovating United Hospital’s Cancer Center. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health Charity Ball honors Greenville’s Fran Schuleit

Spectrum Health Foundation members and community members put on their best gowns and suits to celebrate and give back to the community during the 15th annual Spectrum Health Charity Ball.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Turk Lake Polar Plunge 2017

More than $49,000 raised for Special Olympics Michigan during 9th annual Turk Lake Polar Plunge on Saturday.

Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures in Montcalm County 64B District Court in Stanton Monday to attorney Curt Benson, center, during the preliminary examination of felony health care fraud, which has been charged against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing Monday. A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemingsen.

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UPDATED: Spencer Township home a total loss, pets perish in fire

Dennis Thomsen was on his way home with a truck full of hay, his mind on feeding his horses, when he saw black smoke billowing into the sky from a distance.

Jason Dillingham is the pastor in transition for First Congregational Church in Greenville. He has moved back to Greenville with his wife and four children three times since 2003 and is excited to be in a place his children call home. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville’s First Congregational Church welcomes new pastor

Pastor Jason Dillingham is the new kid on the block at First Congregational Church of Greenville. He came to the church to conduct some services in November 2016 and then began working as the pastor in transition for the church through Christmas. He is still technically considered in transition, but he has taken over the duties of the pastor position for the church and will work in coming months to have his ordination transferred to the church.