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Longtime Greenville schools board member gives up his seat

After 17 years as a trustee for the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education, James Vanderlaan has decided to hang up his hat.

One of the questions on the Greenville Area Community Center and Recreation Department’s master plan survey is the state of Danish Kingdom and whether it should be repaired or replaced. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville rec department looks for community input

Putting together a plan of action can be difficult when there is more than one opinion being voiced. Try putting together a plan involving the input of an entire city.

Alan Ferrier

UPDATE: Stanton motorist apprehended after hitting Greenville bicyclist, fleeing

A Greenville man was seriously injured after an alleged drunken driver struck him with a vehicle Monday afternoon on M-66.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a car/bicycle crash on Sheridan Road near Pakes Road around 2:21 p.m.

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Greenville home destroyed in fire, all occupants escape safely

As John Bowen, 18, stood outside his home shortly after midnight Monday, he could only watch through watery eyes while firefighters continued to battle back embers and flames that continued to poke through the roof of the residence.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

A firefighter with the Greenville Department of Public Safety sprays down a barn fire in Eureka Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

JUST IN: Friday night fire destroys Eureka Township barn

A fire destroyed a barn at 10182 Stakes Road just south of Baker Road tonight. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to the fire around 8:15 p.m. It appeared as if a wood stove was the source of the blaze.

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster addresses the volunteers during the challenge distribution. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive bolsters local pantries

Trying to help strike a blow at hunger in the county is an ever-present battle for food pantries. Every year the Montcalm Food Challenge Drive tries to bolster the food stores of area pantries. “This food is more important than ever,” Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster said. “The need is simply greater this year. It seems every year it gets more and more important.”

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding. No one was injured. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire extinguished at West Michigan Compounding

Firefighters from the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded at 5:20 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding, located at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville.

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Shop With A Hero: Greenville officers go Christmas shopping with local youths

It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.

On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe and Beamer’s Tanning & More owner Wendy Gladding show off a Local Loot certificate. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Local Loot: Greenville Chamber rolls out holiday shopping program

When it comes to purchasing gifts for the holidays, Greenville’s merchants say there is no better place to buy than local shops.

“We want local businesses to thrive and be successful,” said Beamer’s Tanning & More Owner Wendy Gladding. “I just think it’s really important.”