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JUST IN: Greenville Planning Commission discusses EZ mart expansion

GREENVILLE —The EZ Mart Mobil gas station in Greenville is one step closer to a complete renovation. On Thursday, the City of Greenville Planning Commission held a public hearing concerning a revised site plan for the EZ Mart construction project. Located at the corner of Clay and Washington Streets, the project will drastically expand the [...]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Area Specialist Aileen Waldron, at right, discusses grant and loan opportunities during Tuesday’s Greenville DDA meeting, while Michigan Economic Development Corp. Community Assistance Specialist Ryan Kilpatrick listens. At top right, Kilpatrick discusses facade grants for Greenville and Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA learns about financial assistance opportunities

Renovating a building, whether business or residential needs, can be costly. However, there are a multitude of programs that can offer grants and low-interest loans to ease the financial burden on property owners looking to spruce up their buildings.

Greenville High School shop teacher Adam Hopkins and Bruce Aittama stand in their shop with some of their students’ wood work: A set of bows and a finely crafted chair. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville students get 72 awards at industrial arts competition

When it comes to showing off industrial technological skills, the students of the industrial arts programs at Greenville Public Schools are some of the best. Last Friday, students from the shop classes at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School entered 84 projects into the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) regional competition. Joining more than 800 other entries at Coopersville High School, the Greenville students did exceptionally well in seven categories, including wood working, metal working, computer-aided design (CAD), welding and machining.

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JUST IN: Greenville High School seniors suspended after prank

Several Greenville High School seniors are being suspended after pulling a senior prank earlier this week at the high school.

According to High School Principal Jeff Wright, no significant damages, financial or otherwise, resulted from the prank, which took place sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Adopted from the same Chinese orphanage, Dannah Gunn of Greenville, right, recently discovered she was not only related to Kyra Lux, but also they were twins. — Courtesy photo

Greenville student learns she has twin sister from China

Imagine finding out you had a sibling you didn’t know existed. Then, try to imagine finding out that sibling was actually your twin.

Finally, imagine you were both born in a place nearly nearly 8,000 miles from Michigan and ended up growing up just a few hundred miles away from one another.

The Chosen Ones Vice President Jerry Cook and Assistant Sgt. of Arms Greg Alexander were on hand Wednesday during a public hearing for a special land use permit for their motorcycle club to operate a clubhouse on a parcel in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Special use permit moves forward for biker clubhouse in Montcalm Township

Clad in black leather jackets and roaring in on their high-powered Harley-Davidsons, a swarm of bikers descended upon Montcalm Township Hall on Wednesday evening

The group of well-spoken and polite bikers joined a constructive community discussion during a scheduled Planning Commission public hearing.

From left, Nicole Marsh, Paige Wood and Danish exchange student Nicoline Hansen were some of the many young women who enjoyed the photo booth at the Greenville High School Senior Girls Tea at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville High School senior girls gather for tea

As a graduating senior, Michelle McKormick didn’t know what she wanted to do after high school. She went to Central Michigan University and soon picked a job at the CMU radio station doing traffic reports — on a campus where most kids had bikes.

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Greenville native dies in Florida motorcycle accident

Aric James “AJ” Pitchford may have died young, but his friends and family in Greenville will never forget the bonds he formed, bonds that made it seem as if had he never left home. The 22-year-old died on May 1 when he lost control of his motorcycle while driving in Riviera Beach, Fla.

On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

Approximately 24 community members joined the Greenville Public Schools Community Strategic Planning Session 1 on Thursday to give input into the “core values” the community expects out of the school district. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools host parents for strategic planning

The old African proverb states: It takes a village to raise a child. When it comes down to coming together as a community to raise their children, parents in Greenville take it seriously.