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57 Brew Pub creates Centurion Ale for Montcalm Community College’s 50th

In celebration of Montcalm Community College’s 50th anniversary, 57 Brew Pub and Bistro in Greenville launched Centurion Ale on Sept. 1.

The farmhouse ale features corn and barley with light fruity undertones and a crisp finish. It is named for the college’s mascot, the Centurion.

Volunteer and retired teacher Dan Eagles, left, helped share the philanthropy bug with Lincoln Heights students Layna Gunderson, center, and Carlie Peterman. The two girls recently held a fundraising campaign of their own devising for Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Philanthropy starts early for Lincoln Heights Elementary School students

Some fifth grade girls save up for new bead-making kits, the latest Harry Potter novel or maybe a new outfit for a favorite Barbie doll. But when Lincoln Heights Elementary School students Layna Gunderson and Carlie Peterman recently broke open their piggy banks, the money went to a more serious purpose.

China-based Dicastal North America, Inc. announced today it has chosen Greenville over 35 other United States sites for its first aluminum wheel manufacturing plant outside of China. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, discusses what the move means for the city. Also pictured are Dicastal Director of Business Development Dale Hadel, far left, and The Right Place CEO Birgit Kohls.

Aluminum wheel maker coming to Greenville, bringing 300 new jobs

China-based Dicastal North America Inc., the largest aluminum wheel manufacturer in the world, has reached an agreement with the city of Greenville to take over use of the former United Solar Ovanics (USO) buildings and bring 300 jobs to the area.

Barbara Drake

Drake was a dedicated community servant

Although Barbara Drake wasn’t born and raised in the Greenville community, you would never have guessed it by her dedication. With Drake’s passing last Thursday, the Greenville community lost a longtime supporter and public servant.

A row of hops line the horizon at Hopyards of Kent in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area hops farm reaping benefits of craft beer craze (PHOTOS)

From buds to beer, there’s no denying the business of craft beer in Michigan has taken off in recent years. For two consecutive years, the nearby metropolitan city of Grand Rapids has been voted “Beer City USA” and as many as 150 breweries are now operating within the state with another 44 brewery licenses currently pending.

Robert Sherrick, who organized the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville’s weekly poker nights, sits in what now is a room full of empty poker tables. Regulations on charity poker rooms by the Michigan Gaming Control Board means the legion must cease hosting charity poker events, or at least profiting from them. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Sweeping regulations shut down small-scale charity poker rooms

Last July, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a bevy of new regulations on charity poker rooms as the result of an investigation that found several large-scale operations were illegally diverting money away from charities.

About two dozen runners braved chilly temperatures Thursday to make the 5K trek through downtown Greenville and along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. Funds raised from the event go to Special Olympics Area 6, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Law Enforcement Torch Run cheered on by Special Olympic athletes

With a brightly lit torch leading the way on a cold and cloudy Thursday, runners of the third Law Enforcement Community Torch Run made their way through downtown Greenville to help raise money for Special Olympics.

Law enforcement communities across the state of Michigan are organizing torch runs, which serve as one of multiple fundraisers law enforcement and Special Olympics have teamed up for.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

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Home intruder shot, killed at Greenville residence Saturday morning

A man is dead after he entered a Greenville residence Saturday morning, fell asleep on a couch, and was then fatally shot by the homeowner after a struggle ensued between the two.