Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams

Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

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.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, left, listens Tuesday as Councilwoman Frances Schuleit speaks on the subject of creating a new Citizen Participation Plan to ensure the city is eligible for future state grant funding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville creates new policy to remain eligible for grants

To ensure this community is eligible for future grant funding city officials are taking steps to ensure they meet new state and federal requirements. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on two resolutions regarding Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.


IN BRIEF: Greenville’s Coffren Avenue public hearing is May 2

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to consider the introduction of an ordinance to vacate a portion of the right-of-way of Coffren Avenue.

Rep. John Moolenaar

Rep. Moolenaar to host district-wide listening session Thursday

Congressman John Moolenaar will be hosting a district-wide listening session Thursday evening at Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium.

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.

Anthony Wiles

Greenville man pleads guilty to charges related to fatal drug overdose

A Greenville man pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a Belding woman who fatally overdosed on a combination of heroin and methamphetamine in 2015.

From left, Montcalm Township Trustee Tim Rau, Treasurer Rose Hyde, Supervisor Mike Adams, Clerk Amy Richards and Trustee Steve Sprague reviewed nine road projects the Road Commission for Montcalm County proposed, and approved four of them on Wednesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Township Board approves four road projects

As temperatures rise and spring progresses, the beginning of road construction approaches throughout Montcalm County. For Montcalm Township residents and those traveling through the area this spring or summer, at least four areas within the township will be under construction.

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.