News Top Story

This image showcases a photo taken in 1915, courtesy of the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, of downtown Greenville looking north on Lafayette Street at the intersection of Cass Street, merged with a photo of modern-day Greenville taken Wednesday. — Composite image/Cory Smith

Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues work on future downtown interpretive signs

One historic photo at a time, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues to move closer to bringing this city’s history front and center. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Society President Keith Hudson and Historian Kelly Warden delivered an update on the efforts being made to install historical interpretive signs along Lafayette Street.

Jessica Wisinski, a firefighter with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, right, takes a selfie photo with Paige Raths, 12, left, and Ian Raths, 6, center, both of Greenville, during the Shop with a Hero event at the Greenville Walmart on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shop with a Hero event brings together officers, firefighters and children

Prior to entering Walmart on Thursday evening, Joni Turley of Gowen was excited, more so than most 6-year-olds would normally be with shopping on the agenda. But this time, she was under the impression that once she walked through the entrance of the store, she would be greeted by a number of superheroes.

The Greenville Lions Club, assisted by many volunteers, received a $3,000 check from the Greenville Meijer on Thursday to purchase gifts that will be available for those in need during the annual Santa Store event today at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Lions Club buy toys for children, thanks to Meijer

Walking through Meijer with an empty shopping cart Thursday, it took only a few moments for Debbie Kreitner’s cart to be filled to the brim with toys. “Anything to help the kids,” she said. “All of these gifts, for so many kids, I think it’s a worthwhile cause.”

Mollie Hollar, a member of Purls of West Michigan, works on her knitting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Purls of West Michigan knit 100-plus hats and mittens (PHOTOS)

As Dan Eagles stared down at the dozens of knitted hats and mittens laid out before him Wednesday, he reached forward, picked up a small, pink hat and gave it a closer look. “This … I can see this hat going to a little girl to use out on the playground,” he said with a smile.

Diane Kuhn, left, of Greenville, and Patty Crawford, of Dimondale, cousins, read well wishes cards Kuhn received from sixth grade students on her team at Belding Middle School before undergoing surgery to donate her kidney. Kuhn served as a live kidney donor for Crawford, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease (PKD).  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville woman donates kidney to save cousin

Patty Crawford and Diane Kuhn are cousins with a bond that goes beyond family into the realm of friendship and deeper than blood. The two have been lifelong friends as well as relatives and have been there for each other through the years. When Diane needed a change in her life, she moved to California where Patty opened her home and welcomed her.

Kyle Durdle, 17, left, and Zach Ingersoll, 16, talk about the projects they’re working on in Adam Hopkins’ machines class at Greenville High School on Thursday afternoon. If a school bond proposal passes next spring, equipment in the shop will be replaced with updated and modern equipment. — Daily News/Emiliee Nielsen

Greenville residents learn about school bond proposal (PHOTOS)

Voters in the Greenville area could see a school bond proposal on the ballot in May. The Greenville Public Schools district is preparing for the proposal by circulating a survey about priorities for improvement and hosting community forums to gather feedback from stakeholders.

loc 1201 cs Spirit of caring-9

Schuleit named Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient

On Tuesday evening, the best-kept secret in town was finally awarded to one of this community’s most caring, gracious and humble individuals. During the annual Spectrum Health Celebration of Caring Dinner at Winter Inn, the winner of the 2017 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was revealed.

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney and WAN Member Andrea Krause, at right, presents Candy Kerschen with the WAN Woman of the Year Award. Kerschen was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe. — Courtesy Photo

Candy Kerschen named WAN Woman of the Year

The Woman’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County has named the Woman of the Year. Candy Kerschen of Greenville was honored as Woman of the Year at a Nov. 16 ceremony. She was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe.

Valerie Sanborn works on deducting extras from her income to see if she has enough money to splurge on travel or entertainment alongside Montcalm County Tom Lindeman who was one of many volunteers who manned stations to help eighth grade students at the Greenville Middle School Reality Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville Middle School eighth-graders learn about the cost of living

For most adults, paying bills, buying groceries and being surprised by an unexpected medical need are part of life. For Greenville Middle School eighth-graders, this part of life became a reality as the students participated in a Reality Store.

Cassidy Brigham of Grand Rapids launches a disc through snowy conditions on one of the 18 holes playing in the Tower Mountain Throwdown disc golf tournament Saturday at the new Tower Park Disc Golf Course in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tower Park Disc Golf Course opens with tournament (PHOTOS)

As Greenville City Manager George Bosanic made his way along Baldwin Street on Saturday morning, he suddenly found himself at a loss for words as he approached one of the community’s city parks. On a day that featured the first snow flurries of autumn and temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the parking lot of Tower Mountain Park was completely full, with dozens of adults gathered at the base of the mountain.