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John “Johnny O” Ortiz introduces a poised and ready mixed martial arts fighter. — Courtesy photo

Greenville’s John ‘Johnny O’ Ortiz’s dream job is coming to fruition

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fight fans across Greenville, we welcome you to The Daily News. In the dream job corner, wearing the dream job shorts, fighting for his own enjoyment of life is John “Johnny O” Ortiz. Here we go, here we go.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

On Monday at Greenville Lanes, Toys for Tots Montcalm County Coordinator Jenni Bouck and Assistant Coordinator Angie Bailey show off the Toys for Tots T-shirts they will be selling as part of a fundraiser. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Toys for Tots Montcalm County needs funding for quality Dec. 13 distribution

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County needs money. Desperately. With about $300 in the bank account, Toys for Tots is struggling to come up with the funds to purchase quality toys for its annual distribution on Dec. 13.

The snowfall created some slippery conditions on M-91 on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Early winter weather whacks West Michigan

Winter is no longer coming. It is here. The snow has been falling almost nonstop since Friday evening and it’s not going to stop until the end of the week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.

“Without the oxygen bottle … we wouldn’t be able to go into a house full of smoke to save someone’s life or one of our own,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township allocates $10,300 for new clothes, air tanks

When it comes to protecting a firefighter’s life, sometimes it comes down to the piece of fabric between them and the fire. “Without the gear we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. “It’s life safety. You want (our gear) to work real well.”

During a break from class, from left, Alex Campbell, Anne Hilt, Zach Davis and Alec Fowler check the updates on their various social media feeds while sitting in the Greenville High School lounge. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Anonymous app Yik Yak stirs up cyber-bullying in schools

Like many other schools across the country, Greenville High School has felt the stinging effects of cyber-bullying. And it has happened again.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education President Janet Ralph and Superintendent Pete Haines discuss items on the agenda at Monday’s meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Facilities Department keeps Greenville Public Schools district running smooth

With 170 acres and 675,688 square feet of indoor space to care for, the Greenville Public Schools Facilities Department maintains the school district with tenacious resolve. And the staff do it all year long, day or night.

A sample page from the Dec. 31, 1902, Greenville Independent, along with thousands just like it, is now available through any web capable device.

Greenville library now offers digital newspaper archive

You may not realize it, but right now, this very moment, you’re holding history in your hands. This newspaper — though many copies will wind up training puppies or lining bird cages — serves as a record of the area, a permanent testament to the lives of the men and women who reside here.

Greenville has a new park and ride area thanks to the efforts of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee. The car pool is located on the west side of Meijer’s parking lot just off M-57. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carpool located on west side of Greenville Meijer parking lot

Carpooling just became more convenient in Greenville. The Meijer store now features a park and ride on the west side of its parking lot, thanks to a yearlong effort by the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.