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Attorney Jeff Soles, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard observe Tuesday as a recount is done by Home Township on-call election worker Jane Anderson Beach and Home Township Deputy Clerk Shelley Crosby. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville school bond vote recount yields same results in Eureka Township

A recount of votes centered around alleged fraudulent activity regarding a school bond vote revealed no change Tuesday.

The Montcalm County Board of Canvassers oversaw a recount of votes of Eureka Township — one of seven precincts that voted — from the May 2 Greenville Public Schools bond vote. After 90 minutes of hand-counting, the results proved to be exactly the same — 415 “no” votes to 399 “yes” votes out of 820 votes casts in that township, with six votes listed as “non-countable.”

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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

From left, Central Montcalm students Mason Zimmerman, Anna Lake, Landen Papendick, Britney Wittkopp and Trinity DuVall, health teacher Nancy Jerry, art teacher Laura Ruggles and Montcalm Care Network Peer specialist Denise VanderKlok celebrate the students artwork they created as part of a partnership with Montcalm Care Network. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Care Network recognizes community members at luncheon

Montcalm Care Network is working to create meaningful work to achieve meaningful lives from the whole community. On Friday, they honored community members who are partnering with them to achieve that mission during the Fourth Annual Community Luncheon.

Ivana Rivera of Belding and Kristen Green of Howard City supervise their children and other children during their homeschool group’s weekly play date at McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township on Thursday afternoon. The park serves as a central location for the inclusive homeschool group which has families in Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville and Howard City, among other locations.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

All Montcalm County parks have been adopted for the year

As children played on slides and swings, ran amongst the tall trees and explored the shores of the Flat River on Thursday afternoon, their mothers rested in the shade of the pavilion at McCarthy Park.

The members of the inclusive homeschool group from Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville, Howard City and points beyond use the park on M-91 just north of Greenville as a central location for a weekly playdate gathering. The group was relieved to learn the Montcalm Township park would not be closing this year despite Montcalm County budget cuts.

The Ricker family of Cedar Springs, from left, mother Kim, brothers Preston, 13, Brison, 16, and father Brian, continue to fight daily as Brison battles against an inoperable brain tumor he was diagnosed with in January 2016. — Courtesy photo

Mancino’s to host fundraiser to benefit Cedar Springs family

In looking for sibling strength in overcoming the greatest of odds, one has to look no further than brothers Brison and Preston Ricker of Cedar Springs.

On Jan. 23, 2016, Brison, 16, was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, referred to as a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain.

Stafford Media President Rob Stafford and Vice President of Sales John Moy talk to students from the newspaper club at Greenville Middle School on Wednesday. The club formed last fall and have been working ever since to design, fill and print their own student-run newspaper. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School club sees its newspaper printed

A culmination of months of hard work came hot off the presses Wednesday. A group of students dedicated to writing and reading embarked on a journey to start up a student-run newspaper at Greenville Middle School about six months ago.

Kiersten Reeves, 18, left, and Madison Willmore, 18, were each presented with $500 scholarships from the Montcalm Area Human Resource Association prior to the association’s meeting on Wednesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local business organization awards 3 college scholarships

Three local students are each $500 richer after receiving a scholarship Wednesday afternoon. The Montcalm Area Human Resource Association (MAHRA) awarded the scholarships during a luncheon Wednesday prior the association’s meeting. This is the first year the MAHRA has awarded the scholarships.

DME Co. (formerly Detroit Mold Engineering) and its parent company, Milacron LLC, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be bringing new technologies, machinery and jobs at its Greenville facility. — Courtesy photo

Why Milacron chose Greenville

Three weeks ago, Greenville industry received a much-needed shot in the arm when a plastic injection molding supplier announced a major investment. DME Co. (formerly Detroit Mold Engineering) and its parent company, Milacron LLC, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is investing $5 million — and up to 70 new jobs — at its Greenville facility at 1117 E. Fairplains St. DME previously purchased Master Unit Die Products Inc. (MUD), including Greenville’s Fairplains Street facility, in 1998.

The residence at 708 Marvel Drive, currently raised from its foundation, will be relocated next week to property on W. Coffren Street that was recently rezoned from commercial to residential. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville continues process of relocating Marvel Drive

The potential relocation of a city street took another step forward Tuesday evening as the city aims to improve parking and traffic flow at Spectrum Health United Hospital. The City Council unanimously approved to introduce an ordinance to vacate a portion of Marvel Drive, from Oak Street to Judd Street.

Jeremy Stowitts, 18, talks with Chris Chapman, technical director and auditorium manager at Greenville High School, about his rehearsal Tuesday afternoon. Stowitts is rehearsing to compete this weekend at the Sutton Foster Ovation Awards at MSU’s Wharton Center. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School student actors to compete at MSU this weekend

Wednesday Addams and Gomez Addams will take the stage once again at a theater competition this weekend. Lexi Hebert and Jeremy Stowitts, both 18, the Greenville High School actors who played Wednesday and Gomez in the school’s fall production of the musical The Addams Family, will compete at the Sutton Foster Ovation Awards at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Wharton Center.