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Ashley Caverly, 15, a Greenville High School junior, conceptualized and constructed a sensory garden for students at the Seiter Educational Center to interact with during outdoor breaks. She enjoys helping other people and is hoping to join the Peace Corps when she graduates from high school. — Courtesy photo

Girl Scout builds sensory garden for Seiter Center students

When Ashley Caverly, 15, a member of a local Girl Scouts group, set out to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, her first thought was for an autistic student she’d met while helping out at the Seiter Education Center. Caverly said she liked working with this student because “he was really nice and never took it to heart if you told him he was wrong or anything.”

Dr. John Evans, an addiction specialist and the medical director of Victory Clinical Services in Saginaw, talks about the chemistry behind opiate addiction and dependence, medical treatment options to decrease dependence and alleviate addiction and other statistics surrounding addiction. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Area Community Center hosts prescription drug symposium

Charles Powers stood on the stage telling an audience of strangers about his son, Michael, a lump forming in his throat as he talked. Charles spoke about how Michael did well in school, had friends and was involved in theater. He said he never thought of his son as someone who would become an addict.

Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Director Dave Mendrea talks with Chemical Bank Greenville branch teller Katie Hansen-Kirby on Monday’s Chemical Bank Cares Day where bank employees spent the day volunteering at the Habitat ReStore. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New Habitat for Humanity director excited to be on the job

Dave Mendrea is a recent retiree, but he wants to do more than just work on his golf game. He wants to make a difference in the lives of families. That’s why Mendrea chose to apply for the position of director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aims to improve communities. Mendrea was chosen for the job earlier this year.

Adrian DeCocqvandelwijnen plays drums with his punk band, Small Town Harlot,  during an August concert in Grand Rapids. Despite Adrian’s anti-inebriation lifestyle, he still enjoys playing shows even if that takes him to a bar on occasion. — Courtesy Photo/Renee Ricket Photography

Local young people committed to life without alcohol and drugs

There are a number of landmark birthdays throughout one’s life; milestones that people look forward to hitting as they age. At 16, it’s legal to get a driver’s license. At 18, it’s legal to vote. At 21, it’s legal to drink alcohol.


UPDATED: 1 injured after trailer explodes in Langston

One person was injured after a camper trailer exploded in Langston Monday morning.

Samantha Russel, 17, shown here sitting in the senior commons of Greenville High School, is excited to go on to college and is driven to succeed wherever she goes next. She is a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville student a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Samantha Russel seems like an ordinary student. She’s funny, friendly and talkative. She’s involved in extracurriculars, including being the president of the National Honors Society and playing in the percussion section of the band. But she’s added an extraordinary accomplishment as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program — the first Greenville High School student to boast that achievement since the early 2000s.

Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.

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.