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VIDEO: Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

Leaping into 33-degree water on a cold February afternoon takes the type of courage gladiators would find hard to muster. But the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge did not bat an eye as they plunged into the depths of Turk Lake on Saturday.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council discussed a possible conflict of interest with the appointment of Councilman Larry Moss to the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board. Pictured from left to right, Councilman Brian Greene, Moss, Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro-Tem Fran Schuleit, Councilman Mark Lehman, Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe, Treasurer/Clerk Bradley Hool and the rotating student representative from Greenville High School. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council debates mayoral appointment

The Greenville City Council has been in the middle of a discussion about a possible conflict of interest in the most recent mayoral appointment to the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board.

From left, COGG Spirit of Collaboration recipient David Ralph, Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year recipient Jodie Faber and Small Business Person of the Year recipient Tim Jones are pictured together during the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards celebration Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

‘Innovative’ Greenville Chamber of Commerce hands out annual honors

A successful city needs a successful chamber of commerce. As it turns out, Greenville has one of the best. After yet another successful year advocating for this community, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards celebration. The event highlighted the accomplishments of the chamber last year and handed out annual awards.

Deepfall, a Gowen-based band, held an impromptu rehearsal session on Monday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

VIDEO: Local band Deepfall travels to Chicago for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of making it big. Whether it is a guitar, a trumpet or even a kazoo, those who posses musical talent want to play for a crowd. Big or small. That goes double for a rock band. Maybe even triple.

Grace and the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm stand in the sanctuary Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Grace was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia in 2012. The church will be holding a marrow donor registry drive today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church, at 908 W. Oak in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grace Wilhelm fights plasma cell leukemia

In October 2012, Grace Wilhelm and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm, were driving back from a prayer conference on Mackinac Island when Grace received a phone call that shook the very foundation of her life.

Tammy Hollinshead is planning the Turk Lake Haunted Days, which will be held May 1 to May 3. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township business owners creating a haunted festival in May

Tammy Hollinshead is planning a zombie apocalypse. Ground zero will be Turk Lake.

While discussing a potential winter festival in Greenville, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority also discussed creating beer festival with a “trail crawl” on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Is a beer or winter festival in Greenville’s future?

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority exists to improve the many facets of downtown — from the facades to the streets to the parks to the very atmosphere of downtown.

Thursday afternoon, conditions on Johnson Road in Eureka Township were less than favorable. — Daily News

National Weather Service issues 3 weather advisories

For the past week it has been cold in Montcalm County. Very cold. Thursday and today, it was a kind of bitter and harsh cold that slaps one in the face with icy fingers. A cold that can bite and cause lasting effects if people are not careful.

The Hathaway Properties planned unit development, Cresecent View Village, will be located south and east of Maplewood and Meijer Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council considers Hathaway development south of Meijer

During its first meeting in 2015, the Greenville City Council started the year off by working to expand a development in the city. The City Council held a public hearing concerning a planned unit development (PUD) presented by Hathaway Properties, LLC and Leisure Living Management. The PUD is located just to the east of Meadow Ridge Apartments on the south side of Meijer Drive.

Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson and Supervisor Mike Adams check out the old pump on the back of Truck 90. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township Fire Department receives Ash will funds, DNR grant

Although it has taken a long time to reach them, Montcalm Township recently came into some money left to it by Stan and Blanche Ash. The township received $10,000 from the last will and testament of Blanche Ash, who wished the money would be used to support the Montcalm Township Fire Department.