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Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Greenville opened in May 2016 following a $1.5 million investment from owners Dan and Davide Uccello. The Uccellos are now working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority through a brownfield grant arrangement in the hope of receiving $140,000 in financial assistance through future tax increment financing revenue. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA mulls brownfield grant for Flo’s

Eight months after the effort was proposed, additional financial assistance may come to fruition for Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar.

Just not immediately.

The original trunk owned by August Rasmussen, which contained his belongings brought over from Denmark to Gowen when he immigrated in 1856, has stayed within the family after 160 years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish journalist to film documentary on early Gowen settler (PHOTOS)

One hundred-sixty years ago, at the young age of 26, August Rasmussen commenced on a journey that few would likely fathom enduring today. With his wife, Ane, at his side, the Danish couple embarked on an adventure away from their homeland, traveling across the Atlantic Ocean for nearly eight weeks to establish a new life in the wild unknown that was the United States.

A new hardware store called CJ’s Place will eventually occupy this site at 306 N. Maplewood St. in Greenville. The store is expected to open this spring. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New hardware store coming to Greenville this spring

A new hardware and building materials retail store is coming to town.

Motorists have surely noticed a new building being constructed at 306 Maplewood St., directly in front of the Jacket Lanes bowling alley along M-57 on the west side of Greenville.

Montcalm Area Reading Council co-Director Jonathan LaFond works on paperwork during office hours Friday afternoon. MARC is focused on providing support and resources for improved literacy for children and adults in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local organization’s new leadership focusing on literacy

Reading is fundamental, a skill that is vital for success, professionally and personally.

Unfortunately, for some people, reading can be a difficult task and a troublesome skill to learn. There are pushes at the state level to improve literacy levels for elementary school students, but the struggles of learning to read are not limited to children. Adults struggle with reading as well, which can perpetuate difficulties in their own children, and so the cycle continues.

The Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC), which is based at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville, works to improve literacy rates for adults and children. Jonathan LaFond and Allen Demorest lead the council. LaFond was appointed by the council’s board of directors in February 2016 to be the director of MARC, but he found there was simply too much to be done.

Voyage Pictures, a Grand Rapids-based video production company, shot video of keyboardist Tim King, bassist Chris Kuiper and lead vocalist Rich Hopkins, along with other DEEPFALL members not pictured.

Trufant location chosen for Greenville band’s music video

The members of the rock band DEEPFALL have some big dreams. Tim King, keyboardist and manager, says the group hopes to “go as big as we can manage,” hopefully touring the nation or globe while keeping their roots in Greenville, where they have a private studio.

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New year, new life: Greenville residents transform their lifestyles via weight loss

GREENVILLE — With the bright lights of an auditorium shining from above, and an audience full of friends, peers and strangers seated before him, Mike Walsh had placed himself in the spotlight. Performing at Greenville High School’s annual R3 concert, the Baldwin Heights Elementary School principal is no stranger to standing before hundreds of people. [...]

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, Clerk Kristen Millard and commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn listen to budgetary concerns during a meeting earlier this year. The county made $1.7 million in budget cuts and hired three legal and accounting firms to investigate what went wrong with the county’s financial situation. — File photo

2016 Daily News Top Local Stories of the Year

This year, Montcalm County lost a controller-administrator and hired a new leader, made $1.7 million in budget cuts equating to a loss of 30 jobs, fired its auditing firm and contracted with three new firms to investigate what went wrong with the county budget over the past decade.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, updates members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority, including Mayor John Hoppough, right, about the status of a proposal for a brownfield grant with Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Flo’s brownfield grant hits snag with MEDC

Efforts to secure tax increment funding (TIF) through a brownfield grant involving Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria appear to have hit a snag. During this month’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic reported that a plan to create a 50-50 split on future TIF funds between the city and Flo’s, as proposed by the city, had been rejected by the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

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Greenville officer Mark Cole retires after 32 years

Standing before friends, family, members of the Greenville City Council and many of his fellow officers, Mark Cole composed himself long enough to deliver a final and emotional message in the face of retirement.

After 32 years with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Cole was celebrated Tuesday evening with thunderous applause and accolades.

From left, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough and Councilwoman Frances Schuleit discuss Tuesday evening the decision by the city council to change city banking from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville nets $50,000 a year after change in banking services

In soliciting new banking services at the city level, City Clerk Norice Rasmussen had some good news to deliver Tuesday evening. Rasmussen brought forth a proposal to the Greenville City Council to switch banking services from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank, and with it, swing nearly $50,000 in the city’s favor.