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Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.

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Greenville student count is higher than expected

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education listened to some good news Monday evening when it learned the initial projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year was actually too low. “When we planned the budget for this year, we made a projected guess,” Director of Finance John Gilchrist said. “But we are actually coming in at 58 students higher.”

Baldwin Heights Elementary School students, officials and the family of Micah Maroney, center, have teamed up to help fund covering the largest portion of the playground with wood chips, which are much more navigable for Micah’s wheelchair than the pea stones currently there. A GoFundMe account was set up Sunday with a goal of $2,000 and by Friday afternoon it had already exceeded that, reaching more than $2,700. Micah is shown here with her first grade classmates. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

At Greenville school, ‘we have each others’ backs’

Diagnosed at 16 months with spinal muscular atrophy, which deteriorates muscle and impairs mobility, now 6-year-old Micah Moroney hasn’t let the debilitating disease hold her back. The sociable first grader best enjoys spending time with her friends, especially at school. And when the wheels of her electric wheelchair hit the pea stones which cover a vast majority of Baldwin Heights Elementary School’s outdoor playground and sank in, she was devastated she couldn’t continue on with her friends.

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Dicastal North America hiring and training to start in mid-2015

This week, the Greenville City Council approved a $5 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as well as a development agreement with Dicastal North America Inc. and along with that comes a timeline of when the company will bring its promised 300 jobs.

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‘As serious as serious can be’: 4 of 6 suspects arraigned in connection with Spencer Township murder

Four of six men suspected in the death of 34-year-old Brent Luttrell of Spencer Township were arraigned Thursday in a Kent County courtroom.

Friends and family of the victim, as well as some of the suspects, filled the 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids. Between sobs from those in the seats, Judge Sara Smolenski notified the suspects of the charges against them.

The Greenville High School Marching Band performs as the host band at Legacy Field in Greenville for the MSBOA District 7 Marching Band Festival on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marching bands leave it all on the field at MSBOA festival in Greenville

On a crisp, cool and windy autumn evening, Legacy Field was swarmed with students standing at attention, determination and focus in their eyes, who were waiting for the whistle to blow to put forth an entire season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears into motion.

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UPDATE: 6 suspects ID’d in connection to to Spencer Township homicide

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has identified six people arrested in connection with the killing of a Spencer Township man Brent Luttrell, 34, was shot, stabbed and left to die alongside the road after a home invasion at his home on Pinewood Street just east of Lincoln Lake Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

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6 people arrested in connection with murder of Spencer Township man

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six people in connection with the murder of a Spencer Township man Brent Luttrell, 34, was shot, stabbed and left to die alongside the road after a home invasion at his home on Pinewood Street just east of Lincoln Lake Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

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Mary K. Hoodhood and her husband, Jeff, shared her inspiring story to an enraptured crowd at the closing ceremony for this year’s One Book One County at the Greenville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night.

One Book One County closing event wraps up 10th year of program

In 1980, Mary K. Hoodhood was a 27-year-old woman, engaged to be married and working as a guidance counselor and for the Michigan Legislature. She left for a holiday trip to Silver Lake with her fiancé and his daughter to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Life was looking good. The next day she woke up as a quadriplegic.