News Top Story

Greenville’s Cleveland-Wolverton VFW Post 3794 Color Guard marches proudly through downtown Greenville during the 51st Danish Festival’s Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/ Brad Klosner

Bryan Armock carries the colors to honor his grandfather (Photo Gallery)

For most, the Great Dansk Parade is merely an enjoyable and entertaining event at the Danish Festival. But not for Bryan Armock. For Armock, the Great Dansk Parade means legacy.

Following a dangerous building hearing on Wednesday at Oakfield Township Hall, Bob Cusack was ordered to demolish his mobile home due to a number of problems. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Oakfield Township orders buildings demolished, owner objects

GREENVILLE — Bob Cusack does not believe he is getting a fair shake from authorities in a township where he owns property. Following a dangerous building hearing Wednesday at Oakfield Township Hall, Cusack was ordered to “remove or demolish” his mobile home located at 10460 Perch Lane. He is under the impression he is being [...]

Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shows Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron how to wave to the crowd during the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening at Heritage Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

51st annual Danish Festival gets underway in Greenville

Thursday’s gray and gloomy clouds were no match for the cheery red costumes of the Danish Festival committee members and the queen herself, Brianna Van Houten. The 51st annual Danish Festival got underway according to tradition with a flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park next to City Hall.

Representatives of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and United States Department of Agriculture  Rural Development met with Mike and Linda Huckleberry to discuss grant and loans available for building renovations at Huckleberry’s in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

12 Greenville businesses evaluated for possible grant funding

The prospect of “free” money is making many downtown Greenville property owners look a little closer at some big projects. On Friday, representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) did a walk-through of 12 downtown businesses. They were evaluating potential projects which could utilize state and federal grant and loan dollars.

Greenville High School class of 1995 Jon Coles is now the Associate Athletic Director at Ferris State University. — Courtesy photo

GHS class of 1995 prepares for reunion, remembers high school fondly

The year was 1995. The economy was up while employment was down. World opinion of the United States was still (relatively) positive. Bill Clinton was president while John Engler ran Michigan, each with their own sets of supporters and critics.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

dnlogo

Eureka Planning Commission creates outbuilding ordinance

When it comes to standalone accessory building regulations, the Eureka Township Planning Commission does not take the job sitting down. During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on a standalone accessory building ordinance in the township. It was a short public hearing as nary a one township resident attended the meeting to address the ordinance.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen presents a superintendent profile to the school board during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board completes profile for new superintendent, hires MLI

Straight out of a superhero movie, the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education is embarking on an epic quest to find a new superintendent. And time is of the essence.