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From left, Grace Jeffery, 12, Kayla Jeffery, 13, and Heidi Raih, 13, look over old issues of The Daily News Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the Greenville Middle School newspaper club. The club’s goal is to write, edit, layout and print a student-run newspaper. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School newspaper club secures grant

America’s next generation of journalists are working their way through school right now, on a trajectory that will hopefully one day land them in a newsroom.

Some of the budding journalists of the next generation have been meeting after school at Greenville Middle School, brought together by a single purpose: To put together a student-run newspaper, print it and distribute it to their peers.

Montcalm County 4-H Council President Kim Thomsen, left, and Montcalm Conservation District Director Steve Wyckoff, right, visit with a community member after a community gathering Wednesday to discuss whether to move forward with a millage ballot proposal for 4-H, animal, conservation, park and veteran services in the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Grassroots millage effort moves forward in Montcalm County

A grassroots group of citizens are moving forward with a proposed millage to fund Montcalm County services, but they don’t necessarily want the approval of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Nearly 20 people met at the Montcalm Conservation District office in Stanton on Wednesday to discuss options for funding 4-H, Animal Control, conservation, parks and veterans.

From left, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presents “Connected Community” certification to Casair founder Steve Meinhardt, Kathy Jo Vanderlaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance Vice President Robert Clingenpeel, and Alliance President Rob Spohr, during Wednesday’s Alliance meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

Matt Nielsen, the backup operator for the Greenville Water Department, shakes hands Tuesday with Greenville City Council member Sylvia Warner, after being recognized by the council for becoming state certified. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville water department backup operator recognized

Matt Nielsen knows the ins and outs of this city’s water system — and based on recent test scores, he may know it better than anyone. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, Nielsen was awarded a certificate of recognition from Public Services Department Superintendent Tom Pollock, based upon completing his qualifications to become the water department’s new backup operator.

Greenville Director of Public Safety Mark Reiss, right, speaks with his attorney, Curt Benson, in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court on Tuesday. Reiss is charged with felony healthcare fraud. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville police chief appears in court on felony fraud charge

Greenville Director of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss sat silently Tuesday alongside his attorney during a court hearing that lasted less than two minutes.

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JUST IN: Greenville man dies after car crashes into tree

A Greenville man died after his car struck a tree Tuesday.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves MDOT resolution

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to designate three city officials to apply for permits associated with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Ken Dixon of Dixon Architecture presents designs for a proposed Brann’s Retail Center at 10990 W. Carson City Road (M-57), which would feature four retail locations, two of them offering drive-thru services. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Planning Commission OKs ‘conditional site plan’ for Brann’s Retail Center

Brann’s Retail Center is one step closer to bringing four new retail locations to town, but one key word still stands between now and any physical construction: “Conditional.” During Thursday’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, members debated nearly an hour and half throughout a public hearing and meeting discussion on whether to approve a site plan for the site at 10990 W. Carson City Road (M-57), a 1-acre piece of property on the northeast corner of M-57 and Satterlee Roads in front of Walmart and directly west of Murphy Oil.

A Grand Rapids woman, Elizabeth Vanvels, 28, was involved in a one-car crash when she failed to negotiate a curve at Satterlee and Baldwin Roads Tuesday morning.

JUST IN: Grand Rapids woman involved in one-car crash

A Grand Rapids woman was involved in a one-car crash Tuesday morning while negotiating a curve on Satterlee and Baldwin Roads, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelly Worden, a historian with the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, shows off the first conceptual design during the Jan. 10 Greenville Downtown Development Authority meeting, to be used for four historical signs on Lafayette Street. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA sees first designs for historical signs

With street lights, cars and trucks passing by and not a horse in sight, it’s not easy to picture Lafayette Street the way it may have been when it was first created more than 170 years ago. But soon, as patrons walk along either end of the downtown street, several lessons in history will be waiting for them at their leisure.