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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.

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.

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.

The original trunk owned by August Rasmussen, which contained his belongings brought over from Denmark to Gowen when he immigrated in 1856, has stayed within the family after 160 years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish journalist to film documentary on early Gowen settler (PHOTOS)

One hundred-sixty years ago, at the young age of 26, August Rasmussen commenced on a journey that few would likely fathom enduring today. With his wife, Ane, at his side, the Danish couple embarked on an adventure away from their homeland, traveling across the Atlantic Ocean for nearly eight weeks to establish a new life in the wild unknown that was the United States.

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UPDATE: Missing Greenville teenager has been located and is safe.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is asking for assistance in locating a Greenville teenager who has been missing since early this morning.

Montcalm Area Reading Council co-Director Jonathan LaFond works on paperwork during office hours Friday afternoon. MARC is focused on providing support and resources for improved literacy for children and adults in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local organization’s new leadership focusing on literacy

Reading is fundamental, a skill that is vital for success, professionally and personally.

Unfortunately, for some people, reading can be a difficult task and a troublesome skill to learn. There are pushes at the state level to improve literacy levels for elementary school students, but the struggles of learning to read are not limited to children. Adults struggle with reading as well, which can perpetuate difficulties in their own children, and so the cycle continues.

The Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC), which is based at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville, works to improve literacy rates for adults and children. Jonathan LaFond and Allen Demorest lead the council. LaFond was appointed by the council’s board of directors in February 2016 to be the director of MARC, but he found there was simply too much to be done.

Voyage Pictures, a Grand Rapids-based video production company, shot video of keyboardist Tim King, bassist Chris Kuiper and lead vocalist Rich Hopkins, along with other DEEPFALL members not pictured.

Trufant location chosen for Greenville band’s music video

The members of the rock band DEEPFALL have some big dreams. Tim King, keyboardist and manager, says the group hopes to “go as big as we can manage,” hopefully touring the nation or globe while keeping their roots in Greenville, where they have a private studio.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, updates members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority, including Mayor John Hoppough, right, about the status of a proposal for a brownfield grant with Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Flo’s brownfield grant hits snag with MEDC

Efforts to secure tax increment funding (TIF) through a brownfield grant involving Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria appear to have hit a snag. During this month’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic reported that a plan to create a 50-50 split on future TIF funds between the city and Flo’s, as proposed by the city, had been rejected by the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

From left, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough and Councilwoman Frances Schuleit discuss Tuesday evening the decision by the city council to change city banking from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville nets $50,000 a year after change in banking services

In soliciting new banking services at the city level, City Clerk Norice Rasmussen had some good news to deliver Tuesday evening. Rasmussen brought forth a proposal to the Greenville City Council to switch banking services from Fifth-Third Bank to Isabella Bank, and with it, swing nearly $50,000 in the city’s favor.

This image showcases a photo taken in 1915, courtesy of the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, of downtown Greenville looking north on Lafayette Street at the intersection of Cass Street, merged with a photo of modern-day Greenville taken Wednesday. — Composite image/Cory Smith

Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues work on future downtown interpretive signs

One historic photo at a time, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues to move closer to bringing this city’s history front and center. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Society President Keith Hudson and Historian Kelly Warden delivered an update on the efforts being made to install historical interpretive signs along Lafayette Street.