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Emilee Nielsen

New reporter joins Daily News staff

A new reporter joined The Daily News editorial staff this week. After writing on a freelance basis for a little more than a year, Greenville native Emilee Nielsen started as a full time staff writer on Monday. She replaced Brad Klosner, who left The Daily News for a new job at the end of 2015.

Gail Ford

‘Everyone’s mother’: Longtime Greenville educator Gail Ford dies

Known for developing strong bonds with her students and colleagues, Gail Ford had an impact on many throughout the community and beyond.

The longtime Greenville High School educator died Jan. 31 at the age of 69.

Greenville’s new Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer, Michael Beach, introduces himself to members of the Greenville City Council during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville hires new tax roll assessor

Michael Beach has been assessing at a number of municipalities for more than 15 years, but now he’s ready to do it a little closer to home. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to hire Beach, who lives a short distance north of the city, as the new Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO) to develop, sign and supervise the city’s tax roll annually.

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Greenville buys new drop boxes for snow removal

Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase two drop boxes for the city’s Public Services Department. The boxes will be used on the city’s pick-up trucks to spread salt during the snow removal process.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves non-discrimination, city grievance procedures policies

Members of Greenville City Council approved two separate policy enactments Tuesday evening.

This picture was part of a photo package by Cory Smith, who received multiple awards Thursday from the Michigan Press Association for his work.

Newspaper of the Year: The Daily News honored with MPA awards

For the first time in 18 years, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category, and was honored with 20 additional awards and honorable mentions.

Michael Young.

‘An all-around good guy’: Rockford city manager remembered

The career of Michael Young, which started in Greenville and flourished in Rockford, came to an unexpected end this week.

Young died Wednesday after suffering a stroke a Monday. He was 48 years old and had just marked his 20th year as Rockford city manager. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their children, Michaela, Mackenzie and Jake.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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IN BRIEF: Johansen named head of Greenville Transportation Committee

John Johansen and Mark Christensen were named chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting.

From bottom left clockwise, Greenville residents Steve Foster, Kire Wierda, Greenville High School students Landon Kemp, Chloe Wolfe, Josie Randels and Greenville Chamber Executive Director Gae Wolfe discuss ideas during Wednesday evening’s Greenville Public Schools strategic planning meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community comes together to create plan for Greenville Public Schools

Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.

The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.