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A row of hops line the horizon at Hopyards of Kent in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area hops farm reaping benefits of craft beer craze (PHOTOS)

From buds to beer, there’s no denying the business of craft beer in Michigan has taken off in recent years. For two consecutive years, the nearby metropolitan city of Grand Rapids has been voted “Beer City USA” and as many as 150 breweries are now operating within the state with another 44 brewery licenses currently pending.

Robert Sherrick, who organized the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville’s weekly poker nights, sits in what now is a room full of empty poker tables. Regulations on charity poker rooms by the Michigan Gaming Control Board means the legion must cease hosting charity poker events, or at least profiting from them. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Sweeping regulations shut down small-scale charity poker rooms

Last July, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a bevy of new regulations on charity poker rooms as the result of an investigation that found several large-scale operations were illegally diverting money away from charities.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. The township board this year set aside $25,000 in its budget for the erection of the 24-by-40-foot covered pavilion, which is located on the north side of the township hall. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

New structure for Eureka Township residents nears completion

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at the Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. “It’s been my dream for three years, said Mark Wilkin, the newly hired zoning administrator. “It’s going to be nice. It’s going to be for the residents.”

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Home intruder shot, killed at Greenville residence Saturday morning

A man is dead after he entered a Greenville residence Saturday morning, fell asleep on a couch, and was then fatally shot by the homeowner after a struggle ensued between the two.

Teachers and staff spent most of Tuesday morning learning about Grenville Public Schools’ newly implemented teacher evaluation system. They will spend today working on building level procedures. The district’s new Chief Academic Officer Michelle Blaszczynski, top right, and Instructional Coach Capalene Howse presented to a cafeteria full of teachers and staff. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville teachers prep for school year

Orientations aren’t just for students. As area youngsters are shopping for supplies and picking out new clothes, teachers and staff at Greenville Public Schools are readying themselves for students’ mass arrival Tuesday.

Ashtin Arambula, 9, Dustin Arambula, 9, Zachary McMillan,10, and Terra McMillan look over the selection of backpacks and other school supplies that were donated. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Operation School Supplies helps out 364 area children

As the final days of summer vacation dwindle, the need for school supplies increases. That need was met for 364 children during Saturday’s fourth annual Operation School Supplies distribution at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Fresh Start Fitness co-owners Chris Reisner, left, and Casey Kubiak see a bright future for their recently opened fitness club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BUSINESS BEAT: New fitness center up and running in downtown Greenville

Area couch potatoes looking to get a fresh start on a lean, healthy lifestyle now have a new choice, thanks to Fresh Start Fitness, 406 S. Lafayette. St., which will host its grand opening Sept. 1. According to co-owner Casey Kubiak, the fitness center offers the latest and greatest in workout equipment, convenience and personal training.

Greenville resident Crystal Gross took home first place in the 2D category for her charcoal drawing titled “Sunshine.” — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Art @ the Green winning entries shine

Awards have been announced for the 3rd annual Art @ the Green event for both 3D and 2D art pieces. With two places for each category decided by art judges and also an award for the top vote getter from the public, the event was highly competitive among the artists, who came from throughout the area to submit 31 entries.