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Greenville DDA still struggling to market The Market

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been trying to troubleshoot a problem with The Market since early summer.

During Tuesday’s meeting, DDA members discussed the issue at length. Although there has been signage on roadways, spots on the radio and articles in The Daily News, the DDA is still having trouble not only attracting customers, but vendors as well.

Representatives of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and United States Department of Agriculture  Rural Development met with Mike and Linda Huckleberry to discuss grant and loans available for building renovations at Huckleberry’s in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

12 Greenville businesses evaluated for possible grant funding

The prospect of “free” money is making many downtown Greenville property owners look a little closer at some big projects. On Friday, representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) did a walk-through of 12 downtown businesses. They were evaluating potential projects which could utilize state and federal grant and loan dollars.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

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Greenville’s Ponderosa building sold, buyer unsure what comes next

There is a big red “sold” sign on the north side of Greenville which has been causing a buzz since early July.

Everyone has been wondering what that sign, slapped over the Michigan Commercial Properties advertisement at 1015 North Lafayette St., means for the former Ponderosa building.

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Make it simple: Rep. Outman proposes road funding solution

Michigan’s longterm road funding outlook remains in flux after the massive failure of Proposal 1 last May. Rep. Rick Outman has heard a wealth of feedback from his constituents in the months that followed the proposal’s downfall.

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Greenville to sealcoat streets and take down trees

Several streets in Greenville are going to see some serious renovations in the near future.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted to approve bids to sealcoat 12 portions of streets in the city as well as to remove 53 dead ash trees along several streets.

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Greenville Optimist Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See in full swing

For many, the alarm clock buzz in the wee hours of the morning is the annoying harbinger of another drudging day at work. But not for Bob Hemmingsen.

“I have the best job in Montcalm County,” he said.

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Volunteers bring flowers during Make Someone Smile Week

Sitting in the hospital with any ailment is not what one would call a pleasant experience. However, a group of volunteers were working hard on Monday to at least bring a smile to the faces of some Greenville and Belding residents who found themselves infirmed.