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10 local artists participating in ArtPrize

Local artists are utilizing a variety of unique mediums for this year’s ArtPrize, including copper, silver and gold, stained glass mosaics and hornet nests. More than 1,450 entries have been submitted to be on display at more than 160 venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids starting Wednesday through Oct. 9. Winning prizes totaling $500,000 will be awarded (half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of experts).

Judge Donald Hemingsen of Montcalm County's 64B District Court takes the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to task for allowing the county to reach its current budget situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Appalled and dumbfounded’: Montcalm County residents sound off against commissioners

The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr consider the task before them during a special budget meeting Monday. Commissioners voted to move forward with a recommended $1.7 million in budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County moves forward with $1.7 million in budget cuts

Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

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JUST IN: Blanchard man reaches 99 mph on motorcycle, loses control and crashes

A Blanchard man who was speeding on his motorcycle sustained non-life-threatening injuries after crashing late Monday evening.

Members of the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board will likely vote Monday, making a decision on whether or not to accept a new “impactful grant-making” proposal.

Greenville Area Community Foundation working to make even ‘greater impact’

The Greenville Area Community Foundation has long since been providing local organizations with needed funds to accomplish important projects, and now, that effort is being concentrated even further. During Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting, guest presenter Alison Barberi, President of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, updated members of the coalition on the current actions of the foundation.

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IN BRIEF: GACF working to make “greater impact” on community

During Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting, guest presenter Alison Barberi, President of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, updated members of the coalition on the current actions of the foundation.

Only a few questions remain unanswered in the final steps of the city of Greenville applying for a Brownfield Authority grant that would result in $140,000 in tax revenues over a period of 18 years to be collected by Davide and Dan Uccello, after they invested nearly $1.5 million in improvements in building Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Progress continues on Flo’s Brownfield Grant application

It’s been a process that has lasted several months, but a little financial assistance may finally be on its way to the owners of Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.

This entrance that’s located next to the sign for Cedar Crest Elementary School is not equipped with a buzz-in lock system and is only accessible with a keycard that staff members of the school carry. It remains locked without the keycard. It can be confusing for visitors to the school about which entrance to the school to use and thus is part of a proposed plan to improve infrastructure throughout the district. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Public Schools look at security, facilities upgrades

The infrastructure for Greenville Public Schools could be getting an upgrade. During a regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday evening, Chief Operations Officer Korie Crawford and former Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine made a presentation to the board on the proposed Strategic Plan for District Infrastructure Improvement.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville DDA reviews proposed 2017 fiscal year budget

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority reviewed the upcoming proposed 2017 fiscal year budget Tuesday morning.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville board has vacant seat as of September 30

As of September 30, there will be a vacancy on the Greenville Board of Education.