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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.

Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native stabbed in robbery

A Greenville native now living Savannah, Ga., is recovering at home after being stabbed several times during a robbery Sunday. Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home.

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JUST IN: Four apartments destroyed in fire at Pine Manor; no one injured

Several apartments were destroyed in a structure fire early Wednesday morning at the Pine Manor apartment complex, but all residents were able to escape safely.

According to Greenville Public Safety Sgt. and Fire Lt. Darren Jones, firefighters were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. to 1201 S. Cedar St. in Greenville, where a fire had started on the exterior of the apartment complex, behind apartments numbered 19 through 22.

Winning the crown of Miss Danish Festival 2016 Allison Harrison, seated, will reign with Prince Logan Foley, front left, and Princess Anna Morano, front right, First Runner-Up Mariah Meier, back left, and Second Runner-up Danielle Mahar, back right. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

CMU sophomore wins Danish queen crown

Allison Harrison learned how to make the best of both worlds. In 2014, as a Belding High School student, she participated in and won the Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. As a resident of Greenville, she was also able compete in this year’s Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant.