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Toys for Tots of Montcalm County to hold fundraisers

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County will be holding several fundraising events in the next few weeks.

There is a fundraiser dinner from 5 to 8 pm. tonight at the Greenville Eagles, located at 11690 SW Greenville Road. There is a requested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to the Toys for Tots program.

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Career preparation a priority for Greenville students, employers

Preparing students for a successful career in the workforce is the goal of anyone in education and that rings double for Greenville Public Schools and the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.

During the latest Coalition Of Greater Greenville (COGG) meeting, Greenville Superintendent Pete Haines discussed the importance of the American College Readiness Inc.’s National Career Readiness Certificate. The certificate determines students’ preparedness for the workforce and is achieved by taking the ACT WorkKeys test.

On Wednesday, the Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission discussed ordinance revisions. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Yard sales, pools ordinances discussed at Eureka Planning Commission meeting

If picking through the fine print on township ordinances sounds like a night on the town, then the regular meeting of the Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission was the place to be. On Wednesday night, planning commissioners discussed two township ordinances.

Zachary Bennett

6 murder suspects bound over for trial

Six men with multiple charges related to the murder of a Spencer Township man were bound over for trial Tuesday in a Kent County court.

The snowfall created some slippery conditions on M-91 on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Early winter weather whacks West Michigan

Winter is no longer coming. It is here. The snow has been falling almost nonstop since Friday evening and it’s not going to stop until the end of the week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.

“Without the oxygen bottle … we wouldn’t be able to go into a house full of smoke to save someone’s life or one of our own,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township allocates $10,300 for new clothes, air tanks

When it comes to protecting a firefighter’s life, sometimes it comes down to the piece of fabric between them and the fire. “Without the gear we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. “It’s life safety. You want (our gear) to work real well.”

Brad Klosner

Greenville area reporter back for a second stint

The newest face on The Daily News editorial staff is a familiar one. Brad Klosner was a reporter on the Greenville area beat back in 2010. But after about six months on the job here, his wife Becca’s company transferred the Klosners overseas. They returned to West Michigan earlier this year, decided to buy a home in the Greenville area and, last week, he returned to his old job.

When Jodie Faber was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she was forced to make a lifestyle change to eat healthier and exercise more. Today, she is 25 pounds lighter and has incorporated a daily eating and exercise regiment. She prepares fresh fruits and vegetables as well as slow-cooked shredded chicken and separates them into small freezer bags to have at the ready when it comes time for a meal or to curb a craving. Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fruit is a staple for her breakfast. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Those with diabetes warn those without to make lifestyle changes now

“Congratulations, you have diabetes.”

For Jodie Faber, those were the unfortunate words she heard from her doctor during a routine check-up.

As bad and shocking as the news was to hear, Faber knew that it was inevitably that type of shock treatment she needed to face to force herself to change her lifestyle.

During a break from class, from left, Alex Campbell, Anne Hilt, Zach Davis and Alec Fowler check the updates on their various social media feeds while sitting in the Greenville High School lounge. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Anonymous app Yik Yak stirs up cyber-bullying in schools

Like many other schools across the country, Greenville High School has felt the stinging effects of cyber-bullying. And it has happened again.

Gisela Peek was honored as Women’s Action Network’s Woman of the Year on Tuesday night. After receiving “roasts and toasts,” she humbly addressed the group of friends and family who honored her. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

WAN’s Woman of the Year an ‘active’ choice

She is described as honest and fun and outgoing and fun and loyal and fun and hard-working and fun, yet Gisela Peek mostly showed humbleness. Peek, 70, was honored Tuesday night as the Women’s Action Network’s Woman of the Year at a celebration at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville.