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Area organizations are teaming up to provide students in need with back-to-school supplies like the ones pictured above. Coined Operation School Supplies, the program accepts donated school supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Operation School Supplies going strong in fourth year

Believe it or not, another school year is just around the corner and area organizations are teaming up to provide local students in need with back-to-school supplies. The Operation School Supplies program accepts donated supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools.

The Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville recently underwent a $1.7 million renovation. On Monday, the armory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the 22,000-square-foot building. Assisting in the ceremony were Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and representatives from the offices of  U.S. Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville’s National Guard Armory unveils $1.7 million in improvements

Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years. The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.

Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Optimist Camp an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Bat expert sheds light on his winged friends at Greenville’s Optimist Camp

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.

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New Lincoln Heights principal ready to help students explore

In her several years in education, new Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Katy Beebe lives for that moment when it all clicks for her students. “It’s awesome to watch those light bulbs come on and kids learn,” said Beebe, who will replace Michelle Blaszczynski, who took over as the Greenville district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “I love kids and I love to spend time with kids.”

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Gatchel gets ready for national pageant

Greenville resident Alisha Gatchel is among 53 contestants representing the United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Fla.

Greenville artist Judy Rogers works on her drawing titled “The Promise,” a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Rogers, who is a retired school teacher from Cedar Crest Elementary School, will enter the piece in the third annual Art @ the Green art competition. The event begins Tuesday and will run through Aug. 16. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Annual Art @ the Green event kicks off Tuesday

Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence. “We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”

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16 running for 5 seats in Edmore; Sheridan and Pierson candidates disqualified

Sixteen candidates have filed to run for five open seats on the Edmore Village Council, while multiple potential candidates have been disqualified for running for election in the villages of Sheridan and Pierson.

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JUST IN: Greenville-area man killed in M-57 crash, 3 others injured

The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is investigating a fatal crash involving two vehicles Wednesday evening near Greenville.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:37 p.m. on 14 Mile Road (M-57), east of Wellman Road, which is about six miles west of Greenville.

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UPDATE: Crime spree trio arrested in Grand Rapids and New York

Two members of a crime spree trio were arrested today in Grand Rapids after allegedly committing a stabbing, a carjacking, an assault and a robbery.
Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr. 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of the Grand Rapids area, were arrested today by U.S. Marshalls in Alpine Township, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

Shawna Robinson, left, and her son Patrick, of Greenville, inquire with Mary Mastaglio of Comfort Keepers during Tuesday evening’s resource fair at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. — Daily News/Cory Smith

One Book One County program provides direction, help for job seekers

For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.