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The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

Right now, the Lakeview District Fire Department serves Pine Township, but a few residents in Pine Township are looking into how to switch to the Montcalm Township Fire Department because it is closer. The topic was brought to the Montcalm Township Board on Sept. 14. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Pine Township residents consider switching fire jurisdiction

Pine Township officials are taking a look at the current fire department arrangement.

On Sept. 14, Pine Township Treasurer Randy Robson and five township residents approached the Montcalm Township Board about the possibility of being incorporated into the Montcalm Township Fire Department’s jurisdiction.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum President Keith Hudson showcases historical images of downtown Greenville, that could potentially be posted downtown after the Greenville Downtown Development Authority approved up to $5,000 to be spent on installing historical, interpretive signs in the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA OK’s purchase of historical, interpretive signs

When Keith Hudson travels down Lafayette Street, there are times takes a moment to picture the downtown district as it may have existed more than 165 years ago.

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Inaugural Lumberjack Day is Saturday

The lumber industry once served as this community’s primary source of revenue, when saw mills would send thousands of logs daily down the Flat River.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, explains the details behind accepting a facade grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves $834,631 MEDC grant agreement

After months of ensuring that all necessary paperwork was filed, regulations met and all parties in agreement, improvements to the downtown district are now just one signature away. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved seven separate motions to move forward with six facade grant improvement projects through a grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

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JUST IN: Fraudulent image circulating on social media

GREENVILLE — An offensive image created in Adobe Photoshop has been making the rounds on social media Thursday morning. The image depicts the homepage of the website for the Greenville Public School district with some derogatory language at the top and has been posted on Facebook, giving the impression that the website had been hacked [...]

A graphic shows what a new overhanging structure at Lafayette could potentially look like, if the Greenville DDA decides to pursue such a redevelopment project. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Plan in motion for potential renovation of Greenville’s Lafayette Park

Roy LaMarte is well aware of the potential of downtown Greenville, and in reviving a former concept, he is hopeful he can place one of the main social hubs in the community at its very center.

During the Sept. 13 Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, DDA member LaMarte presented an outline of an action plan to begin moving forward on potential redevelopment at Lafayette Park.

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IN BRIEF: Venture Partners receives Greenville option agreement

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend a current option agreement on property in the city’s Industrial Park.

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10 local artists participating in ArtPrize

Local artists are utilizing a variety of unique mediums for this year’s ArtPrize, including copper, silver and gold, stained glass mosaics and hornet nests. More than 1,450 entries have been submitted to be on display at more than 160 venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids starting Wednesday through Oct. 9. Winning prizes totaling $500,000 will be awarded (half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of experts).

Judge Donald Hemingsen of Montcalm County's 64B District Court takes the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to task for allowing the county to reach its current budget situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Appalled and dumbfounded’: Montcalm County residents sound off against commissioners

The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.