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Kyle Durdle, 17, left, and Zach Ingersoll, 16, talk about the projects they’re working on in Adam Hopkins’ machines class at Greenville High School on Thursday afternoon. If a school bond proposal passes next spring, equipment in the shop will be replaced with updated and modern equipment. — Daily News/Emiliee Nielsen

Greenville residents learn about school bond proposal (PHOTOS)

Voters in the Greenville area could see a school bond proposal on the ballot in May. The Greenville Public Schools district is preparing for the proposal by circulating a survey about priorities for improvement and hosting community forums to gather feedback from stakeholders.

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Schuleit named Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient

On Tuesday evening, the best-kept secret in town was finally awarded to one of this community’s most caring, gracious and humble individuals. During the annual Spectrum Health Celebration of Caring Dinner at Winter Inn, the winner of the 2017 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was revealed.

Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

In an effort to reduce the number of snow days, Greenville Public Schools is rolling out a plan to run buses on paved roads only with group stops situated along the way on each bus route on some inclement weather days. Parents have been mailed the locations of these stops along their children’s bus routes and can coordinate the most convenient group stop location for them. Pictured here is the bus stop at Wise Road and Autumn Ridge Drive. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Public Schools roll out paved roads-only plan

GREENVILLE— Winter is coming and along with it the possibility of enough inclement weather days to force students and staff to make up for lost time. In an effort to cut down on the number of days the district has to close schools, administrators have come up with a plan to keep buses driving on [...]

Country music artist John Berry will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit Have Mercy. — Courtesy photo

Country music artist John Berry returning to Greenville

Country music artist John Berry is returning to the area to perform once again, and keeping with his giving spirit, is working in coordination to benefit a local organization.

As part of his “O’ Holy Night: Celebrating 20 Years of Christmas with John Berry Tour,” Berry will make 15 stops throughout the country, including Greenville on Saturday.

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney and WAN Member Andrea Krause, at right, presents Candy Kerschen with the WAN Woman of the Year Award. Kerschen was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe. — Courtesy Photo

Candy Kerschen named WAN Woman of the Year

The Woman’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County has named the Woman of the Year. Candy Kerschen of Greenville was honored as Woman of the Year at a Nov. 16 ceremony. She was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe.

Greenville resident Monique Megchiani was arrested and charged with felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.

JUST IN: Greenville woman arrested on financial transaction device charge

A 38-year-old Greenville woman has been arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.

Valerie Sanborn works on deducting extras from her income to see if she has enough money to splurge on travel or entertainment alongside Montcalm County Tom Lindeman who was one of many volunteers who manned stations to help eighth grade students at the Greenville Middle School Reality Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville Middle School eighth-graders learn about the cost of living

For most adults, paying bills, buying groceries and being surprised by an unexpected medical need are part of life. For Greenville Middle School eighth-graders, this part of life became a reality as the students participated in a Reality Store.

Fred Gore, a senior design architect with AECOM in Grand Rapids, presents members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority with a first proposal Tuesday of a potential installation of a canopy over and reconstruction of Lafayette Park.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA mulls $1.5 million proposal for Lafayette Park

A large overhanging glass canopy?

Open spaces with movable furniture?

A stage for performances with a backdrop featuring a decorative waterfall?

From left, Indira Smith and Jim Aaron from M106.3 WGLM and Mike Lomonaco from On the Side visit Meijer to buy food to provide Thanksgiving dinners for six local families. M1063 WGLM and On the Side partnered together to be able to provide families with Thanksgiving dinner. — Courtesy photo

Local businesses provide Thanksgiving dinner to six families

Mike Lomonaco, the owner of On the Side Detailing in Greenville, has always had a heart to help others in need.

He’s assisted men and women in various situations throughout the years, including letting a man he met in a Walmart parking lot into his home, paying for him to get out of jail and buying him gas to get back to the man’s home in Minnesota.

This year, Lomonaco wanted to help local families for Thanksgiving. He approached Jim Aaron at M106.3 WGLM, a radio station in Greenville, to brainstorm with him.