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Baldwin Heights Elementary School Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker is committed to fostering reading in students which accounts for her  2015 Michigan Reading Association Teacher Educator K-6 Award. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Baldwin Heights teacher selected for Michigan Reading Association Award

If there is one word that describes Sarah Shoemaker it is humble — even after she was selected as one of the top educators in the state. Shoemaker was recently selected to receive the 2015 Michigan Reading Association (MRA) Teacher Educator K-6 Award.

Richard and Angela Kazemier joined the Eureka Township Planning Commission’s meeting Wednesday to discuss the opening of the Sisters of Sobriety (SOS), a women’s group home, in the township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Sisters of Sobriety group home to potentially open in Eureka Township

For those who need it, seeking and achieving sobriety is a long, hard road full of twists and turns which, if not careful, can lead one right back to where they started. A husband and wife team is looking to help guide Montcalm County women who need assistance down the road to sobriety.

Beating back the smoke, Montcalm Township Fire Department firefighters ensure the flames from a grass and shed fire Wednesday afternoon off of a South Satterlee are completely out. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township grass fire spreads throughout property, burns shed

Leaping into the Montcalm County Fire Department’s grass fire truck at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson headed out to extinguish a small grass fire. He thought it would be a quick and simple job. However, when he arrived on scene at 2423 S. Satterlee Road, a different scenario was unfolding.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Horse killed, Amish man hurt in buggy collision with pickup

An Amish man was injured and his horse killed when his buggy collided with a pickup truck this morning. Deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a crash, which occurred on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township between Spencer and Pakes roads at approximately 7:29 a.m.

This large culvert opened up between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, effectively closing Podunk Avenue between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads until at least mid-summer, according to the Kent County Road Commission. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Culvert collapses, closes Podunk Ave. for months

The spring thaw came hard and strong, opening up gaping pot holes across the road ways of Michigan. Over on Podunk Avenue in Oakfield Township, a particularly large pot hole opened up.

Diane Hansen is the new director for the Community Hope Counseling Center. She has worked at the center for the past five years as a fully licensed counselor and is the former director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Courtesy photo

Community Hope Counseling Center appoints new director

Newly appointed director for the Community Hope Counseling Center Diane Hansen believes in helping people. Throughout her time counseling at Community Hope, she has always advocated for patient care and raising emotional health awareness. As director, she is looking forward to increasing the center’s presence in the community and connecting more people with counselors able to help them.

Greenville Department of Public Safety officer Marty Obetts, left, and part-paid firefighter Nikki Loomis work together to move a hose after successfully extinguishing a fire at 1208 Ranney Drive in Greenville Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire at Greenville’s Creekview Estates mobile home park

Leonard Linebaugh had just returned home with his wife, Jennie, when his neighbors pointed out an oddity as he walked outside to collect his mail. Raising attention to his residence at 1208 Ranney Drive, Leonard and his neighbors saw smoke coming from the rear portion of his Creekview Estates mobile home park residence Wednesday afternoon.

Riders who use the Greenville Transit Service will see a fare increase in April. — Daily News/ Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council votes to raise transit fares, wages

Riders of the Greenville Transit System are going to have to dig a little deeper to ride the buses in the near future. However, riders should rest assured the increase in fares is going to land in a good spot: The drivers’ pockets.

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VIDEO: Greenville hosts Chinese New Year celebration

Residents rang in a joyous New Year over the weekend at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. The Chinese New Year, that is. Although the official Chinese New Year was Feb. 19, the Chinese Immersion Program students and staff at Walnut Hills Elementary School presented “Year of the Sheep: Chinese New Year Gala” last Saturday.

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VIDEO: Greenville students gets hands-on medical experience

Normally watching a fifth grade student wield a scalpel over a prone body stretched out on a table is a cause for concern. Yet, at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on Thursday, the practice was encouraged.