IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves non-discrimination, city grievance procedures policies

Members of Greenville City Council approved two separate policy enactments Tuesday evening.

This picture was part of a photo package by Cory Smith, who received multiple awards Thursday from the Michigan Press Association for his work.

Newspaper of the Year: The Daily News honored with MPA awards

For the first time in 18 years, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category, and was honored with 20 additional awards and honorable mentions.

Michael Young.

‘An all-around good guy’: Rockford city manager remembered

The career of Michael Young, which started in Greenville and flourished in Rockford, came to an unexpected end this week.

Young died Wednesday after suffering a stroke a Monday. He was 48 years old and had just marked his 20th year as Rockford city manager. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their children, Michaela, Mackenzie and Jake.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.


IN BRIEF: Johansen named head of Greenville Transportation Committee

John Johansen and Mark Christensen were named chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting.

From bottom left clockwise, Greenville residents Steve Foster, Kire Wierda, Greenville High School students Landon Kemp, Chloe Wolfe, Josie Randels and Greenville Chamber Executive Director Gae Wolfe discuss ideas during Wednesday evening’s Greenville Public Schools strategic planning meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community comes together to create plan for Greenville Public Schools

Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.

The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic outlines the terms of a settlement agreement with the owners of Zero1 during Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

City of Greenville reaches settlement with Zero1

The four-year legal battle brought forth by the city of Greenville in its case against fraudulent spending of $310,000 in grant monies against two individuals has finally come to a close.


Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.


IN BRIEF: 18-hole disc golf course coming to Tower Park in Greenville

Disc golfers will have a new 18-hole course to play later this year in the confines of Tower Park.

Bill Braman former Montcalm Community College trustee and primary donor in the college’s Creating Futures, Strengthening Partnerships capital campaign, speaks at the ribbon cutting of the college’s Bill Braman Family Center for Education in April 2013. — File photo

‘True community servant’: Local philanthropist dies at age 91

A Greenville man is being remembered for his fierce community devotion and spirit of philanthropy.

Willard “Bill” Braman died Saturday at Spectrum Health United Hospital. He was 91 years old.