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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.

Diane Hansen is the new director for the Community Hope Counseling Center. She has worked at the center for the past five years as a fully licensed counselor and is the former director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Courtesy photo

Community Hope Counseling Center appoints new director

Newly appointed director for the Community Hope Counseling Center Diane Hansen believes in helping people. Throughout her time counseling at Community Hope, she has always advocated for patient care and raising emotional health awareness. As director, she is looking forward to increasing the center’s presence in the community and connecting more people with counselors able to help them.

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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

Greenville Department of Public Safety officer Marty Obetts, left, and part-paid firefighter Nikki Loomis work together to move a hose after successfully extinguishing a fire at 1208 Ranney Drive in Greenville Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire at Greenville’s Creekview Estates mobile home park

Leonard Linebaugh had just returned home with his wife, Jennie, when his neighbors pointed out an oddity as he walked outside to collect his mail. Raising attention to his residence at 1208 Ranney Drive, Leonard and his neighbors saw smoke coming from the rear portion of his Creekview Estates mobile home park residence Wednesday afternoon.

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VIDEO: Greenville hosts Chinese New Year celebration

Residents rang in a joyous New Year over the weekend at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. The Chinese New Year, that is. Although the official Chinese New Year was Feb. 19, the Chinese Immersion Program students and staff at Walnut Hills Elementary School presented “Year of the Sheep: Chinese New Year Gala” last Saturday.

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VIDEO: Greenville students gets hands-on medical experience

Normally watching a fifth grade student wield a scalpel over a prone body stretched out on a table is a cause for concern. Yet, at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on Thursday, the practice was encouraged.

With Greenville Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dennis Magirl on point, firefighters tested out the new Oceanid Rapid Deployment Craft on Tuesday in Baldwin Lake. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DPS obtains new ice and water rescue equipment

Whether it is for hockey, fishing, snowmobiling or any sort of winter sport, those who venture onto the ice during the winter months face inherent danger. Frost bite. Hypothermia. Death. All of these can and do happen once someone breaks through the ice.

Greenville Public Services Department Director Tom Pollock stands in between one of the city’s salt trucks and the front-end loader with a massive snow blower attached to it. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council talks about snow removal

With 56 miles of city streets to plow, the Greenville Public Services Department is ready for winter to pass on by. “In a perfect world, the weather man would say we’re getting 2 inches of snow,” Public Services Department Director Tom Pollock said. “It’d be done by midnight. We’d start at 2 in the morning and get it cleaned up, but we all know that isn’t how it works.”