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Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, explains the details behind accepting a facade grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves $834,631 MEDC grant agreement

After months of ensuring that all necessary paperwork was filed, regulations met and all parties in agreement, improvements to the downtown district are now just one signature away. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved seven separate motions to move forward with six facade grant improvement projects through a grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

This entrance that’s located next to the sign for Cedar Crest Elementary School is not equipped with a buzz-in lock system and is only accessible with a keycard that staff members of the school carry. It remains locked without the keycard. It can be confusing for visitors to the school about which entrance to the school to use and thus is part of a proposed plan to improve infrastructure throughout the district. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Public Schools look at security, facilities upgrades

The infrastructure for Greenville Public Schools could be getting an upgrade. During a regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday evening, Chief Operations Officer Korie Crawford and former Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine made a presentation to the board on the proposed Strategic Plan for District Infrastructure Improvement.

Stephen Blann of accounting firm Rehmann Robson reports Monday afternoon on how Montcalm County arrived at its current financial situation and what needs to be done in coming years to balance the budget. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear the latest on budget investigation

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard the initial findings of three financial, legal and consulting firms Monday regarding the county’s concerning budget situation.

Emergency officials investigate the scene of an airplane crash Sunday afternoon at the Greenville Municipal Airport. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pilot, passenger seriously injured in airplane crash (PHOTOS)

An airplane crash at the Greenville Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon resulted in serious injuries to both the pilot and passenger of the aircraft. According to the Michigan State Police, at approximately 3:50 p.m., a Piper Super Cub PA 18 was taking off from the airport, located one mile south of Greenville on M-91, when it crashed on the south side of the north/south runway.

Members of the Greenville City Council discuss the status of the Greenville Transportation System during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville council secures funding for transit building

A new five-year master agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now in the books, part of an effort to secure grant funding for the future. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the new plan with MDOT, which, according to City Manager George Bosanic, serves as a larger umbrella under which yearly grant request are submitted.

Located between the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Haan’s Bakery, Lafayette Park is being looked at by the Greenville Downtown Development Authority as a location for a potential open market structure for a farmers market, concerts and other group events. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA revives discussion of creating open market structure

Collecting dust on the agenda of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an item that was once thought to be the spark this city needed to rejuvenate its downtown district. Last discussed in detail in 2011, the idea of an open market structure that could host a number of activities — a farmers market, concerts and other group events — has long been on the back burner.

2016 Danish Festival Grand Marshals Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan, smile and wave to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade an annual family tradition for many (PHOTOS)

Ann Bigler sat on West Cass Street Saturday morning, anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 Danish Festival Grand Dansk Parade with her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It has long been a tradition in their family to visit the festival, browse around downtown and at Veterans Park and, of course, watch the parade.

Vendors and festivalgoers alike cleared out quickly Saturday afternoon after the city sounded the tornado siren after an official warning was issued by the National Weather Service. Daily News/Cory Smith

Threat of tornado clears out Danish Festival

Fear of a possible tornado drove throngs of people off the streets during the Danish Festival Saturday afternoon.
A severe weather system worked its way north through Montcalm County, after first striking Ionia, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties where as many as 5 tornadoes touched down, resulting in extensive damage.

The booths at a homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday represented the different services available for the homeless population. Participants had to seek out the services the need and try to find housing. —Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Project Connect, simulation shine light on homelessness

An event this week in Greenville may have been a simulation, but homelessness is a very real problem. “I heard last week that Kent County has a 1 percent housing availability — the tightest market in the nation. I bet we’re tighter in Montcalm County,” said Have Mercy Director Kim Cain at Wednesday’s Project Connect and homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church. “And it’s not just us. All of West Michigan is struggling like this.”

With the Ugly Duckling statue in the foreground at Heritage Park, the Michigan state flag, American flag and Danish flag, were raised Thursday evening during the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

52nd annual Danish Festival is underway in Greenville (PHOTOS)

A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.