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Greenville High School seniors Aiden Ramirez-Tatum and Katrina Thompson count ballots during Monday’s mock primary election.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School students cast mock primary election ballots

If it were up to the students at Greenville High School, the race for presidency would come down to Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump. Greenville students had the option to vote in a mock primary Monday morning to make their picks for presidential candidates. Of the approximately 1,100 students, 636 students voted.

Breanna Brockschmidt, 8, of Greenville, using a snowblower to plow the sidewalk in front of her home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools facing make-up days due to winter weather

In the winter game of snow days played by local school districts, every card in the hand has officially been played. With nearly three weeks remaining in the winter season, there isn’t a single school district within The Daily News coverage area that hasn’t exhausted the entirety of its allocated six snow days by the state government.

57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville features an oatmeal stout called Black Juju, which is lighter than typical imperial stouts. — Daily News/Cory Smith

57 Brew Pub brewmaster aims to provide craft beer education

If someone were to mention a place with 12 handles of craft beer on a regular rotation schedule — including an award winner — a mug club membership with exclusive benefits, and beers boasting local ingredients, it’s probably assumed that place is in Grand Rapids.

That assumption, in this case, would be wrong.

A worker with the Greenville Public Services Department clears snow from a sidewalk along W. Montcalm Street on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Late February storm blankets Montcalm County in snow

If this winter came in like a lamb, then it is going out like a lion.

A winter storm has covered all of Montcalm County in up to 11 inches of snow and closed all of the area’s schools and county offices on Thursday, with many opting to close early on Wednesday before the storm hit full force.

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Greenville joins Michigan Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network

In the event of a natural or human-caused emergency, this community will be ready to step in and provide aid. The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening, with Councilman Lloyd Scoby absent, to authorize membership in the Michigan Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (MiWarn).

With all of the trees located within the downtown streetscape flowerbeds reduced to stumps on N. Layafette Street in Greenville, ideas are now coming forth on how to replace them. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA seek ideas for planters

In order to prevent damage to Greenville’s downtown streetscape, a number of trees were recently removed along N. Lafayette Street. With all of the trees previously located within flower bed planter boxes now reduced to stumps, ideas are coming forth to replace them.

Greenville High School sophomore Rylie Whitten, 15, plays the guitar in her bedroom Thursday afternoon. Whitten has returned home after spending several weeks in intensive care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital battling and overcoming toxic shock syndrome.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rylie Whitten recovering at home after toxic shock syndrome

Rylie Whitten walked through a set of doors Thursday evening that she has passed through countless times before, and yet, this particular instance felt strange, and somehow, unfamiliar. It had been since December that the Greenville High School sophomore, 15, had last entered the school, since she had previously walked through the corridors of purple and gold, surrounded by her friends, classmates and teachers.

From bottom left clockwise, Greenville residents Steve Foster, Kire Wierda, Greenville High School students Landon Kemp, Chloe Wolfe, Josie Randels and Greenville Chamber Executive Director Gae Wolfe discuss ideas during Wednesday evening’s Greenville Public Schools strategic planning meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community comes together to create plan for Greenville Public Schools

Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.

The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.

Candlelit paper bags with messages and prayers of hope and encouragement for 15-year-old Rylie Whitten of Greenville line the sidewalk leading into First United Methodist Church in Greenville Wednesday evening, as Whitten recovers from toxic shock syndrome at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville teen hit with rare toxic shock syndrome infection

As the bell rings signaling the start of the school day, Rylie Whitten should be tuning her violin for orchestra class. By lunchtime, she should be sitting with her fellow sophomore friends, eating and sharing laughs in the commons areas.

From left, Hunter Holloway, 12, Nick Holloway, 11, Lennox Biezais, 13, James Paxton, 13, Brady O’Neal, 10, Jace O’Neal, 12, and Brody Brockschmidt, 11, all of Greenville, climb one of the hills Wednesday at Tower Mountain Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Warm winter means no tow rope at Greenville’s Tower Mountain Park

When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.