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For a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home. Instead, they lace up their running shoes and go for a jog, training for the Yellow Jacket Challenge 5K. About 15 students have signed up for the 5K and have been training after school since last October as part of the school’s running club. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville students training for Yellow Jacket Challenge

When the school bell rings at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, most students file through the front door, either to a bus or waiting parent.

But for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home.

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Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

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Greenville school board OKs food workers for possible summer camp employment

Most Greenville Public Schools personnel will have a summer break. Those two or three months of no work often means no paycheck. The Greenville Board of Education on Monday night approved an opportunity for some employees of the food service department to earn some extra wages over the summer and help a local camp feed its campers.

Six Montcalm County roads are currently partially flooded.

JUST IN: List of flooded roads in Montcalm County

Here’s a list of Montcalm County roads that are currently partially flooded as of this afternoon.

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Greenville DDA lands on Lafayette Park for open air structure

After months of deliberation and looking at every angle, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has committed to Lafayette Park as the location for some form of open air structure.

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Montcalm County commissioners discuss how to fund Montcalm Alliance

The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.

The Eureka Township Board Monday approved wording for two millage renewals to be placed on the May 6 special election ballot. Pictured, from left, are Supervisor Rodney Roy, Clerk Linda Ruwersma, Trustee Jeremy Austin and Trustee Posekany. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Eureka to place two millage renewals on August ballot

Residents of this township will be asked to vote on renewing two separate millages in August — one of which will support fire services and the other policing. The two requests, the wording of which was approved Monday by the Eureka Township Board, will ask voters to renew a 0.75-mill request (fire services) and a 1-mill request (police). If approved, both millage renewals would begin this year, but would cover different lengths of time.

Firefighters with the Greenville Department of Public Safety remove a burning clothes dryer from a residence at 813 E. Summit St. Monday afternoon in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Dryer fire quickly extinguished in Greenville

A fire that began in a clothes dryer was quickly extinguished this afternoon, preventing any damage to the home. Resident Jack Perry was home doing laundry when he smelled something burning and called 911 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Officers and firefighters with the Greenville Department of Public Safety then responded to the residence at 813 E. Summit St.

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon near Greenville. Officials from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident that occurred on South Greenville Road north of Colby Road around 1:06 p.m. - Courtesy photo

JUST IN: 3 injured in 2-vehicle crash near Greenville

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon near Greenville.

A total of 324 runners participated in last year’s Yellow Jacket Challenge. This year’s run is slated for April 27 in Greenville. — File photo

Yellow Jacket Challenge to be even bigger and better this year

Only 174 runners took part in the first Yellow Jacket Challenge, held in 2008. Last year’s event saw 324 runners — 158 women and 166 men — with the youngest runner being only 7 and the oldest 71.