Jim Jones, a paramedic with Life EMS in Belding, checks for a bag of medical supplies while sitting inside an ambulance. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 3, ‘It’s a Russian roulette’

Jim Jones, a paramedic with Life EMS in Belding, sits in the carpool parking lot on the corner of M-66 and M-44. Jones has been working since 7 a.m. By 8 p.m., he still has 11 hours until his shift is over. While he sits, he waits for an emergency call or the all clear to go back to the station.

Bo Cline, left, sits with his “big brother” Carl Wall, right, at Down Home Restaurant in Greenville. The two were paired together through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm counties and have enjoyed going out to eat and fishing for the past seven years. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Creating new families

For seven years, Bo Cline and Carl Wall have watched movies, fished and played dominos together as matched big brother and little brother. Cline, 14, is like part of Wall’s family. But Wall, 77, says it’s more like a grandfather-grandson relationship than a big and little brother. They were brought together by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties.

DME Corp. and its parent company Milacron Holdings Corp. are consolidating its mold base manufacturing from Pennsylvania to 1117 E. Fairplains St. in Greenville. DME previously purchased Master Unit Die Products Inc. (MUD), including Greenville’s Fairplains Street facility, in 1998. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Plastic injection molding business expanding to Greenville

A 75-year-old global plastic injection molding supplier is closing its plant in Pennsylvania and making a $5 million expansion to Greenville, creating up to 70 new jobs.

Officer Sean Parsons of the Greenville Department of Public Safety exits a home on Pickell Drive, where an overdose victim died prior to officers arriving on scene in February. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heroin Hits Home: Part 2, ‘It’s At An Epidemic Level’

Rolling into the empty parking lot of a local restaurant, long since closed for the evening, Josh McConkie brought his police cruiser to a temporary halt. Parked behind the building, the vehicle’s headlights went dark. The engine rested, humming in neutral, and the Greenville Department of Public Safety sergeant sat quietly, illuminated within his car by the dull glow of a nearby streetlight.

After 24 years in Greenville, Mobile Audio Design owners Ryan Olsen and Bob Adams have announced the business will be closing on April 28.

Mobile Audio Design closing after 24 years in Greenville

When he earned his diploma from Greenville High School in 1991, Ryan Olsen recalls having just one thing on his mind upon graduating. With his open house and graduation money in hand, Olsen made his way to the local Radio Shack, ready to make an improvement to his car.

A house on the corner of Marvel Drive and Oak Street could soon be replaced with a relocation of Marvel Drive to create additional parking at Spectrum Health United Hospital. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Process begins to relocate street in Greenville for hospital parking

Marvel Drive may soon no longer exist as city residents know it. During Thursday evening’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, City Manager George Bosanic and City Engineer Doug Hinken brought forth a concept to relocate the roadway that currently sits adjacent to Spectrum Health United Hospital and five residential homes.

Amber Rowland is pictured in happier times on a poster created by friends and family after Amber fatally overdosed on heroin in the summer of 2016. She was 25 years old. — Daily News/Cory Smith

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

Greenville Downtown Development Authority members Linda Huckleberry, left, and Tim Mulcahy, discuss and review samples showcasing plaques Tuesday as the DDA discussed materials for historical signs. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA talks historical signs, future of tax increment financing district

Seven months after initially giving approval, a final decision now nears regarding adding a historical element to downtown. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, members of the DDA discussed the progress of interpretive signs to be placed in the downtown district.

Congressman Justin Amash met with constituents during a town hall meeting that lasted nearly three hours Monday evening in Cedar Springs. Topics included health care, Syria, climate change, education standards and the national budget. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Amash hosts lively town hall in Cedar Springs

Congressman Justin Amash called out his colleagues in the House and the Senate — specifically Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — during an interactive and spirited town hall meeting Monday evening.


JUST IN: No one injured in Greenville garage fire

Firefighters successfully prevented a garage fire from spreading to a nearby home Tuesday, although the contents within the garage were destroyed by the blaze.