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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders were Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”

Three people were injured Friday morning in a tractor trailer vs. car accident at the intersection of M-57 and M-66 in Fairplain Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

UPDATE: Tractor trailer vs. car crash results in 3 injuries

One person was airlifted after a Friday morning accident at the intersection of M-57 and M-66.

Michigan State Police responded to the scene around 9:45 a.m. after a Hogan’s Transportation tractor trailer struck a 2003 Saturn Vue.

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New stained glass windows being installed at St. Charles Church

Nearly a quarter century ago, members of St. Charles Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of a new building of worship, rebuilt after having been struck by lighting and destroyed by fire.

But only a small portion of the original colorful, hand-crafted stained glass windows were able to be saved and installed in the cathedral as they sit today.


Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.


Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.

Ashley Caverly, 15, a Greenville High School junior, conceptualized and constructed a sensory garden for students at the Seiter Educational Center to interact with during outdoor breaks. She enjoys helping other people and is hoping to join the Peace Corps when she graduates from high school. — Courtesy photo

Girl Scout builds sensory garden for Seiter Center students

When Ashley Caverly, 15, a member of a local Girl Scouts group, set out to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, her first thought was for an autistic student she’d met while helping out at the Seiter Education Center. Caverly said she liked working with this student because “he was really nice and never took it to heart if you told him he was wrong or anything.”

Dr. John Evans, an addiction specialist and the medical director of Victory Clinical Services in Saginaw, talks about the chemistry behind opiate addiction and dependence, medical treatment options to decrease dependence and alleviate addiction and other statistics surrounding addiction. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Area Community Center hosts prescription drug symposium

Charles Powers stood on the stage telling an audience of strangers about his son, Michael, a lump forming in his throat as he talked. Charles spoke about how Michael did well in school, had friends and was involved in theater. He said he never thought of his son as someone who would become an addict.

Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Director Dave Mendrea talks with Chemical Bank Greenville branch teller Katie Hansen-Kirby on Monday’s Chemical Bank Cares Day where bank employees spent the day volunteering at the Habitat ReStore. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New Habitat for Humanity director excited to be on the job

Dave Mendrea is a recent retiree, but he wants to do more than just work on his golf game. He wants to make a difference in the lives of families. That’s why Mendrea chose to apply for the position of director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aims to improve communities. Mendrea was chosen for the job earlier this year.

The Greenville High School Orchestra performs at a concert in 2013. — File photo

Our3 Variety Show is set for Oct. 22

The music of the 1950s and ’60s is going to make a rip-roaring comeback next weekend at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Current and former staff and students, including Superintendent Linda Van Houten and other administrators, will take the stage to perform in the annual Our3 Campaign Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

From left, Montcalm Township Trustee Stephen Hole, Treasurer Rose Hyde and Supervisor Michael Adams discussed the next steps in providing recycling services for the township at Wednesday night’s board meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Montcalm Township moves forward with recycling options

The Montcalm Township Board has decided to obtain public input before moving forward with a special assessment for a single hauler for recycling pickup.

The special assessment would assess individual properties in Montcalm Township to come up with a price and plan for a single hauler to reach residents.