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Greenville DDA looking to hire grant administrator for 6 facade projects

With nearly all documentation submitted, the final steps are now being taken toward improving the face of this city’s historic downtown district. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic informed the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Tuesday that all six property owners applying for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) have submitted all necessary documentation.

A cyclist rides along the “boardwalk” section of the Fred Meijer Flat River Trial in Greenville on Tuesday evening, where powder coating has peeled away from the galvanized pipe railing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville trail boardwalk to receive new railings

Once celebrated as one of the most innovative sections of the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, time has finally caught up with the “boardwalk.”

At a quarter-mile in length, the stretch of trail that begins at Tower Park, wraps around Greenville Tool & Die, and concludes at M-91, is in need of cosmetic upgrades.

S. Lafayette Street (M-91) in front of Culligan Water Systems in Greenville will be closed again Thursday as workers continue efforts to fix a leak from the city's sewer line into the storm water system, which leads to the Flat River. — Daily News/Cory Smith

M-91 closed in Greenville for repairs to sewer line leaking into Flat River

A sewer line leak into the city’s stormwater system, resulting in a chemical substance entering the Flat River, has resulted in a temporary closing of S. Lafayette Street (M-91). Workers with the Greenville Public Services Department (PSD) began work at 7:30 a.m. today to investigate a sewer line that is leaking Potassium Permanganate, an inorganic chemical compound used to treat waste water, from Culligan Water Systems.

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Greenville students showcase their creations at eighth annual art show

Pieces of art and eager families packed the lobby of Greenville High School on Monday afternoon. The eighth annual K-12 art show continues to grow every year, according to high school art teacher Sonja Peterson.

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Greenville graduate wins Kendall’s Fashion Excellence Award

Danielle Hoag graduated Greenville High School in 2011 with ambitions of putting her talents to work in the field of fashion design. Five years later, she is now being recognized as one of the most passionate and talented individuals among her peers at the Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) of Ferris State University.

Trucks traverse along M-57 in Greenville on Thursday afternoon at the intersection with M-91, two highways in Montcalm County that feature heavy industrial traffic. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Survey of local manufacturers to aid transportation needs

Not surprisingly, there is no shipping channel from Baldwin Lake to the shores of Lake Michigan, and The Flat River will never be wide or deep enough for industrial transportation.

Railways in Greenville once served as a beacon of industrial movement, but that time has passed, and they have since been converted into recreational trailways.

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Flowers coming to downtown Greenville this summer

The Lafayette Street planter boxes may be barren as of now, but a plan is officially in place to spruce up Greenville’s downtown district. Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed this month a plan to put both temporary and long-term plans in place for the flower planter boxes located on each side of the street.

Home and business owners in the Greenville community will want to make sure they stay in line with the city’s weed and tall grass ordinance this year, or risk paying upwards of $50 to the city for violations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for lawn mowing services to handle weed violations

Residents take heed: With tall grass comes great — possibly expensive — responsibility. Following in fashion with a decision made last year, the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to again contract lawn moving services for code enforcement violations of the city’s weed ordinance.

Grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will upgrade the facades of six downtown buildings in Greenville, such as the building owned by Jim Hopkins (Boost Mobile) at 226 S. Lafayette St., similar to the upgrades at Beamers Tanning & More (right) that occurred last year.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

6 downtown Greenville building owners to receive facade funding

One year ago, two downtown buildings on S. Lafayette Street underwent a tremendous transformation, restored to their original historic designs and colors schemes. This year, the downtown district will undergo a similar change, but on a larger scale, as six more building owners will receive funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education members discuss the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville board focuses on creating academic achievement environment

Standardized testing has become an established part of public education. It’s used to gauge students academically and to gauge the efficacy of teachers. One such tool is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP).