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Greenville High School class of 1995 Jon Coles is now the Associate Athletic Director at Ferris State University. — Courtesy photo

GHS class of 1995 prepares for reunion, remembers high school fondly

The year was 1995. The economy was up while employment was down. World opinion of the United States was still (relatively) positive. Bill Clinton was president while John Engler ran Michigan, each with their own sets of supporters and critics.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.


Eureka Planning Commission creates outbuilding ordinance

When it comes to standalone accessory building regulations, the Eureka Township Planning Commission does not take the job sitting down. During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on a standalone accessory building ordinance in the township. It was a short public hearing as nary a one township resident attended the meeting to address the ordinance.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen presents a superintendent profile to the school board during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board completes profile for new superintendent, hires MLI

Straight out of a superhero movie, the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education is embarking on an epic quest to find a new superintendent. And time is of the essence.

Community Assistance Specialist Ryan Kilpatrick with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. asks a question of business owners in downtown Greenville during a Monday meeting at Springrove Variety. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville business owners meet to discuss grant opportunities

If there is one thing that can draw a horde of business people together, after hours, on a Monday, it is the prospect of free money. Or at least mostly free.

A hot air balloon lights up for a crowd of onlookers at last year’s Danish Festival in Greenville. — File photo

Balloon Rally is a high-rising Danish event

The Danish Festival will feature large shapes lofting through the air, roaring and spitting fire, as their bulbous shadows darken the ground below. None will be able to shield their eyes from the airborne splendor.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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3 downtown Greenville businesses closing shop

The business front is about to get sparse in downtown Greenville. Three businesses are currently liquidating stock and preparing to close shop. In the very near future, Springrove Variety, The Cottage Porch Gift Shoppe and Anne’s Pet Shoppe will all close their doors for the final time.