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A number of roads throughout Montcalm County were temporarily closed Thursday after branches and downed power lines blocked travel due to an overnight storm that left a layer of ice throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thousands lose power after icy winter storm

More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.

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Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Mike Walsh talked to the school board Monday about different ways the school is working to improve and how the staff is adapting to changing testing requirements, namely the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).

Greenville school board learns about peer-to-peer outreach

Middle school students in Greenville are reaching out to peers with special needs in order to offer support and to help such students conquer the barriers they face. Two students enrolled in the peer-to-peer outreach classes, Cassandra Kleck, 12, and Luke Swanson, 13, presented to the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education during Monday evening’s meeting. Kleck and Swanson have been part of the program, which pairs participating students with different students who are dealing with disabilities, since before it was officially a class.

Meijer plans to remodel its Greenville store, located at 606 S. Greenville W Dr., as part of a $400 million investment that will see 32 total stores remodeled as well as nine new stores opened. The Greenville location opened in 2001. Areas such as the pharmacy are expected to become less congested in the future with shorter lines after a remodel occurs this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Extensive renovations coming to Greenville’s Meijer store

Anyone who has ever picked up a prescription at the Meijer store pharmacy on Greenville West Drive knows there’s room for improvement. Long lines are the norm, rather than the exception.

A donation box for a book drive is located at Greenville’s Chemical Bank branch at 1311 W. Washington St. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville businesses host book drive donation sites

The Michigan Education Corps, in affiliation with Americorps, has partnered with Meijer stores to help Greenville children in kindergarten through third grade become better readers.

Hopyards of Kent, located at 11908 Elkins St. about nine miles west of Greenville, will be adding an off-site commercial property to handle all of its processing needs, and is expected to open in August. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Major expansion’ in the works at Hopyards of Kent

As Michigan’s booming craft beer business continues to grow at a rapid pace, so too does the agricultural industry responsible for the ingredients that come together to create each cold, fresh beverage.

One of those in the industry witnessing a growth in land use and clientele is Hopyards of Kent, one of the largest family-owned hops farms in the state.

Greenville High School seniors Aiden Ramirez-Tatum and Katrina Thompson count ballots during Monday’s mock primary election.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School students cast mock primary election ballots

If it were up to the students at Greenville High School, the race for presidency would come down to Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump. Greenville students had the option to vote in a mock primary Monday morning to make their picks for presidential candidates. Of the approximately 1,100 students, 636 students voted.

Breanna Brockschmidt, 8, of Greenville, using a snowblower to plow the sidewalk in front of her home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools facing make-up days due to winter weather

In the winter game of snow days played by local school districts, every card in the hand has officially been played. With nearly three weeks remaining in the winter season, there isn’t a single school district within The Daily News coverage area that hasn’t exhausted the entirety of its allocated six snow days by the state government.

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Greenville joins Michigan Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network

In the event of a natural or human-caused emergency, this community will be ready to step in and provide aid. The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening, with Councilman Lloyd Scoby absent, to authorize membership in the Michigan Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (MiWarn).

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130 take icy plunge at Turk Lake (VIDEO AND PHOTOS)

Saturday’s crisp, cold weather brought out the bravest of brave “plungers” for the 8th annual Polar Plunge, as 130 participants jumped into the cold waters of Turk Lake, raising $40,500 for Special Olympics. The event has been held at Turk Lake for the past three years, with the first five years at Clifford Lake, but this year was by far the coldest plunge yet, according to event coordinator Jim Dennis.

With all of the trees located within the downtown streetscape flowerbeds reduced to stumps on N. Layafette Street in Greenville, ideas are now coming forth on how to replace them. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA seek ideas for planters

In order to prevent damage to Greenville’s downtown streetscape, a number of trees were recently removed along N. Lafayette Street. With all of the trees previously located within flower bed planter boxes now reduced to stumps, ideas are coming forth to replace them.