Grattan Academy Superintendent Tom Kreiner talks with students during a break between classes in the school cafeteria Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy officials disagree with Academic State Champs report

Tom Kreiner will be the first person to admit Grattan Academy isn’t perfect. But the worst school in the state of Michigan? That unhappy distinction is according to the third annual Academic State Champs report from Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. The report ranks Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on a combination of test scores and income levels of families.

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Holocaust survivor shares his journey with Greenville audience

The most chilling thing was Martin Lowenberg’s matter of fact tone as he recounted his personal history, a tale of unspeakable hardship, degradation and loss Yes, it has been over 75 years since Lowenberg — then a child of 8 — was pulled from his home, along with his parents, sister and twin brothers and taken by German soldiers to a Jewish ghetto, then later to a series of concentration camps. When he was finally liberated nine years later, he was 17 years old and weighed 76 pounds.

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals. Committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville transportation committee sets goals for 2014

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign by rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals. Although attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, which occurs once a quarter, was higher than it has been in the past, committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most.

John Vogl, 42, of Greenville, is charged with operating or maintaining a meth lab in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Greenville meth lab suspects face felony charges

Two “broke” individuals were arraigned Tuesday afternoon for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine laboratory and standoff with multiple police agencies Sunday. John Vogl II, 42, of Greenville, and Cassaundra Kidder, 22, of Wayland, are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

Lakeview Post set up a mobile headquarters on M-91 north of the Greenville NCG Cinema Suday in pursuing a methamphetamine laboratory at 8869 Eastern Ave. (at top right) in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

3 arrested in connection to Greenville meth lab after standoff

Three individuals were arrested Sunday after a police standoff that lasted several hours and resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory. The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at 8869 Eastern Ave.

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Combining Greenville rec department and community center saves dividends

Physically it was just a move upstairs, but in actuality the combining of the Greenville Recreation Department and the Greenville Area Community Center under one office was far more than that. In an effort to reduce costs and increase convenience, the city decided to move the recreation department from the basement of the community centers to the main level and combine the two staffs.

Standing water in the upper elementary section of Walnut Hills Elementary in Greenville is shown after a pipe froze and burst over the weekend. Superintendent Pete Haines said thanks to swift action by school maintenance staff and Brad’s Cleaners, a local company, the water was removed before any significant damage was done. The carpets were saved and the school, which also had several classrooms flooded, is ready for students to return.

Greenville school staffers make quick work of burst pipe

While students enjoyed their third straight snow day at home, officials at Greenville Public Schools can finally rest easy. Walnut Hills Elementary School is ready for students today after this week’s frigid temperatures caused a pipe to burst, flooding a section of the school.

A motorist drives through a snowdrift on Satterlee Road in Eureka Township on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Roads getting cleared, precautions being taken to combat ‘dangerous cold’

Mark Christensen would like to have a few words with whoever started the rumor about road commission employees not working Monday. Christensen, the managing director for the Road Commission for Montcalm County, said he received several phone calls from people saying they heard workers weren’t out plowing the roads due to hydraulics freezing on the trucks.

Greenville High School senior Stephen Roy, 18, hangs a purple ribbon on a light post Saturday during the Hunt For a Cure “Paint the Town Purple” event. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Hunt For a Cure Days’ made official in Greenville

Downtown Greenville may now be covered in plentiful inches of fresh, white snow, but it won’t take much effort to spot dashes and bursts of the color purple as it peeks its way through. Working together like a paintbrush steadily gliding along the streets of downtown Greenville, players from the Greenville High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams placed purple ribbons and posters on lampposts, trees and windows on Lafayette Street on Saturday morning.

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Local grads to perform at Rose Bowl while veteran marchers look on

When Michigan State University takes on Stanford University on New Year’s Day in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl, thousands of fans will be watching from the stands within the stadium or from the comfort of their living rooms back home in Michigan. But only a select few will have the rare opportunity to stand on the field itself, to take center stage and be a part of a truly historic event.