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From left, COGG Spirit of Collaboration recipient David Ralph, Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year recipient Jodie Faber and Small Business Person of the Year recipient Tim Jones are pictured together during the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards celebration Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

‘Innovative’ chamber hands out annual honors

A successful city needs a successful chamber of commerce. As it turns out, Greenville has one of the best. After yet another successful year advocating for this community, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards celebration. The event highlighted the accomplishments of the chamber last year and handed out annual awards.

On Wednesday, the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee discussed an upcoming Michigan road funding ballot proposal.  — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greater Greenville Transportation Committee talks road proposal

In May, Michigan voters will hit the ballot boxes to decide the fate of proposed road funding legislation.

The pending vote may not be on everyone’s mind yet, but it certainly is on the collective mind of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee.

Local businesses, such as Parker-Arntz Heating & Plumbing in Greenville, are hoping the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district to help them take advantage of Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010. — File photo

PACE district proposal stalls amid questions from county commissioners

A proposal to create a clean energy district in Montcalm County stalled Monday when county commissioners couldn’t find anyone to answer their questions. In December, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district within the county.

Deepfall, a Gowen-based band, held an impromptu rehearsal session on Monday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

VIDEO: Local band Deepfall travels to Chicago for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of making it big. Whether it is a guitar, a trumpet or even a kazoo, those who posses musical talent want to play for a crowd. Big or small. That goes double for a rock band. Maybe even triple.

Four out of the 10 teachers at the Grattan Academy middle and high school are sick, which prompted the school system to shut down for Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Academy Charter Schools closed due to illnesses

An illness swept through the staff of Grattan Academy this week. Four out of the 10 teachers at the middle and high school came down with either head colds or the stomach flu, which prompted the school system to shut down on Wednesday, according to Superintendent and Principal Tom Kreiner.

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Greenville man dies after vehicle strikes bicycle

A Greenville man has died after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.

Charles Bliss, 32, of Cedar Springs, was driving a 2008 Buick Enclave northbound on Montcalm Avenue (West County Line Road) on Jan. 16, when the vehicle collided with Jackie Remmele Jr., 37, of Greenville, who was riding a bicycle.

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Newly created Montcalm Alano Club encourages people to join

Battling addiction, in any of its forms, is a painful and sorrowful experience to go through for everyone involved. Many who try to get an upper hand on their addiction feel like there is no way out. Worst of all, they feel like they are alone.

But there is a way out, and they are not alone.

On Wednesday, the Eureka Township Planning Commission considered what to do about nonconforming properties with accessory buildings in the township. Pictured above is one of the four nonconforming properties with accessory buildings in Eureka Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Township Planning Commission discusses nonconforming property

The Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission wants township residents to become a bunch of conformists. At least when it comes to property.

Greenville City Councilman Lloyd Scoby reviews the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development site plan as Greenville City Manager George Bosanic explains it to the council. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council approves ordinance for Hathaway PUD

It has been quite the dance as this city performed its “procedural choreography” over the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD). But the finale is almost here.

Consumers Energy Public Affairs Area Manager Yolanda Lewis speaks about power plant closings during last week’s Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

7 Consumers Energy coal plants to close in Michigan by 2016

Thursday’s meeting of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) was full of energy. Quite literally.

Consumers Energy Public Affairs Area Manager Yolanda Lewis gave a presentation on her company during the COGG meeting. She spoke of many areas of the company, but her focus was the loss of several coal-fueled power plants in the state in 2016. Seven of those coal plants are Consumers Energy plants, which are referred to as the “Classic Seven.”