A colorful sunset illuminates the evening skyline as the Greenville High School Marching Band performs Wednesday evening on Legacy Field at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

High School marching bands compete in MSBOA festival

With instruments in hand, stadium lights beaming down from above and an audience of peers and judges before them, the first breath on the turf of Legacy Field for hundreds of students Wednesday was followed by an exhale of nerves and the unknown.

Linda VanHouten was hard at work on Wednesday following a decision by the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education to hire her as superintendent. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board chooses VanHouten as new leader

In the end, there could only be one. That one is Linda VanHouten. During a special meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, board members voted 4-3 to extend contract negotiations to VanHouten for the role of superintendent of the school district.

Students received an intimate view of some massive machines at Greenville Tool & Die during a manufacturing tour on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Students tour local manufacturers, learn about apprenticeships

For some it was merely a day out of class. For others it was their first step on the path to a career. Last Wednesday, 46 area students joined a comprehensive tour of manufacturing facilities in Greenville. In a series of groups, students were given an intimate look at Greenville Tool & Die Co., Federal-Mogul Corp., Clarion Technologies, Aggressive Tooling Inc. and West MI Compounding.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Mahar reads to Denise Shaw’s kindergarten class at Greenville’s Cedar Crest Elementary School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local police officers visit elemetary school students

There was a heavy police presence at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville last week … and the students were thrilled.

Spectrum Health United Hospital’s new Convenient Care Clinic officially opens Monday. The walk-in clinic, just across the street from the hospital at Suite 200, 1202 W. Oak. St. in Greenville, provides patients with a more affordable alternative for immediate, non-major healthcare aside from a busy primary care provider or a more costly emergency room visit. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Greenville walk-in clinic to provide more convenience

Often, medical issues that aren’t major come up at the most inconvenient times, usually after hours when your primary care doctor is unavailable. And sometimes, the emergency room may seem like overkill.

For those in the Greenville area, that inconvenience may now be resolved with the opening of Spectrum Health United Hospital’s new Convenient Care Clinic.

Although this rubric was not used, Michigan Leadership Institute West Central Michigan Regional President and consultant Scott Crosby reviews some of the profile points during a special meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Two hours, six votes and two left in Greenville superintendent pool

The search for a Greenville Public Schools superintendent is down to two finalists. During a special school board meeting Wednesday, board members discussed, deliberated and debated the merits of the three superintendent candidates chosen for second interviews: Greenville’s Chief Operations Officer and Associate Superintendent Korie Crawford, Greenville’s Director of Student Services Linda VanHouten and Ronald Wilson, the former superintendent of Howell Public Schools.

Dennis Magirl of the Greenville Department of Public Safety was recently promoted to deputy director. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Department of Public Safety sergeant promoted to deputy director

Dennis Magirl of the Greenville Department of Public Safety recently had to turn in his sergeant stripes. As a replacement, he was given a set of gold oak leaf clusters after he was promoted to the position of deputy director.

Top readers from the Flat River Community Library Summer Reading Program were recognized at Monday’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Awards were presented to the top readers in each grade at each elementary school in the district. The winners received a medal, a commemorative certificate and had the honor to shakes hands with each and every one of the school board members.  — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board celebrates top summer readers

The sound of thunderous applause filled the building as the prestigious award winners stepped up one by one in front of a wall-to-wall crowd gathered to bask in their greatness.

This was not the Emmy Awards, but something even better.

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Flo’s Pizzeria planning $1.5 million investment into Greenville location

It is official: Flo’s Pizzeria & Ristorante will be opening a location in downtown Greenville.

“This is a proven brand name coming to our downtown,” City Manager George Bosanic said. “The variety will be good for downtown Greenville. Hopefully, it will attract more people to downtown.”

Greenville Department of Public Safety officers investigate the scene of an accident that killed a 4-year-old boy on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

‘Go home and hug your babies’: Child dies after being hit by truck

A little boy died as the result of a tragic accident in the heart of Greenville on Monday. At about 11:24 a.m., the 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he attempted to cross an intersection on his scooter. He was crossing with an adult family member. Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) arrived at the intersection of West Washington Street and South Lafayette Streets within minutes to find the little boy lying in the street while the distraught family member stood by.