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A house on the corner of Marvel Drive and Oak Street could soon be replaced with a relocation of Marvel Drive to create additional parking at Spectrum Health United Hospital. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Process begins to relocate street in Greenville for hospital parking

Marvel Drive may soon no longer exist as city residents know it. During Thursday evening’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, City Manager George Bosanic and City Engineer Doug Hinken brought forth a concept to relocate the roadway that currently sits adjacent to Spectrum Health United Hospital and five residential homes.

Amber Rowland is pictured in happier times on a poster created by friends and family after Amber fatally overdosed on heroin in the summer of 2016. She was 25 years old. — Daily News/Cory Smith

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

Greenville Downtown Development Authority members Linda Huckleberry, left, and Tim Mulcahy, discuss and review samples showcasing plaques Tuesday as the DDA discussed materials for historical signs. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA talks historical signs, future of tax increment financing district

Seven months after initially giving approval, a final decision now nears regarding adding a historical element to downtown. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, members of the DDA discussed the progress of interpretive signs to be placed in the downtown district.

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JUST IN: No one injured in Greenville garage fire

Firefighters successfully prevented a garage fire from spreading to a nearby home Tuesday, although the contents within the garage were destroyed by the blaze.

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HEROIN HITS HOME: The Daily News to begin 4-part heroin series

The 2015 Sam Quinones book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” tells the story of how the prescription painkiller epidemic of the early 2000s spawned heroin addiction in unlikely locations around the country.

From left, Greenville City Council members Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby listen Tuesday evening as City Manager George Bosanic answers questions regarding a grant that would potentially provide more than $1 million in funding to build a septage facility at the city’s wastewater plant capable of storing waste. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville pursuing grant funding for new septage facility

Pending grant approval, this city could one day find itself expanding in the business of waste management. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic brought forth a proposal to apply for more than $1 million in grant funding to improve the city’s current facilities at its wastewater treatment plan.

After overseeing the past 13 Danish Festivals in Greenville, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival’s executive director retiring after 13 years

After overseeing more than a decade of Danish Festivals, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. Jorae, 71, has been at the helm of 13 consecutive festivals, a part-time job that involves accounting, tax returns, booklet creation, set-up and tear-down of the event and more. She says now it is time to step away.

Greenville High School seniors Balieigh Boni, Faith Milewski, Melody Vander Stel and junior Paige Tompsett are working collaboratively to paint a mural that will hang in the media center at the high school. This is the third year a group of advanced painting students will have painted a mural to hang in the high school. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School art students showcase their creations in contest

Creative opportunities are flourishing for students at Greenville High School. Students were recently given the chance to submit works of art in various forms of media to the art department’s annual ArtPrize competition. This year, there were 57 entries which was more than any other year, according to art teacher Courtney Sink.

Author Eric Ode sings a song to get Baldwin Heights Elementary School students up on their feet during an assembly Monday afternoon. Ode visited all four Greenville elementary schools Monday and today as part of March is Reading Month.

Washington storyteller visits Greenville elementary schools

Eric Ode has written 11 books of stories and poems for children. The Washington-based author tours the country and even the world with a program of high crowd participation singing, storytelling and speaking.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.