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‘Greenville kid’ starts fund with $10,000 gift

Be it his time as a student at the University of Michigan, or his years as an attorney specializing in estate planning, John Svendsen always referred to himself as one thing at heart — “a Greenville kid.” At 74 years old, Svendsen now spends his retirement living in Grand Rapids, but he wishes to give back as much as he can to his hometown.

Gentri King, center right, helps Girl Scouts Amaya Farr, 9, far left, and Jade King, 7, from Girl Scout Troop 4175 sell cookies during Saturday’s Spring Fling for Women at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Annual Greenville event attracts new and returning attendees

Despite Saturday’s brisk outdoor temperatures, spring was in the air at Greenville High School. The annual Spring Fling for Women event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was packed with people from the moment the doors opened.

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Residents, officials weigh in on Greenville school bond proposal

Six years have passed since Greenville Public Schools last asked voters to pass a bond for district improvements.

School officials have spent the last several months in the planning stages of another bond proposal, which is set for a May 2 vote.

Sheridan Community Fire Chief Ed Lingeman carries one of three dogs safely away from a house fire Friday afternoon. Four fire departments worked together to fight the house fire at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

JUST IN: Family, dogs safe after Fenwick house fire

Erven and Shirley Brokaw sat in their mini van Friday and watched their house burn down. The blaze started just before 5 p.m. at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick on the home’s front porch.

Three buildings owned by Tom Feeney and Glen Powell, consisting of Greenville Floral and S & H Trophy & Sports Center at 221 S. Lafayette St., will be largest of five facade grant projects (pending approval) in the amount of $479,889 in upgrades. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves property owner grant agreements

In preparation of potentially receiving more than $1.1 million in grant funding, city officials are taking measures to ensure they won’t be on the hook should something go wrong. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve five property owner grant agreements to applicants applying for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

Montcalm Township’s new website (montcalmtownship.com) includes a “News” page where Clerk Amy Richards can post meeting minutes and public hearing notices. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Supervisor builds website for Montcalm Township

Before Montcalm County updated its website last year, Montcalm Township listed its information through that website. After the county’s new website went live and no longer hosted local municipalities, Montcalm Township officials decided to start exploring options for their own website.

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IN BRIEF: Portion of Greenville West Drive renamed Grosvenor Drive

Described as a “housekeeping measure,” members of Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to rename a city street.

Members the Adults with Disabilities Association bowl together at Jacket Lanes in Greenville Feb. 27. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Adults with Disabilities Association in Greenville celebrates 10 years

A decade ago, when Debra Thornton was asked by her son’s teacher to start a local special needs club, she did so with a simple idea to schedule a few events to bring her son and his friends closer together. But in the time since, the club has blossomed into a full nonprofit 501C3 organization, now known as the Adults with Disabilities Association, a group consisting of special needs adults, both physically and mentally.

A closing sale of 50 percent off merchandise will begin today to deplete inventory as Radio Shack in Greenville, after 32 years in the community, will close for good later this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After 32 years in downtown Greenville, Radio Shack to close later this month

After more than 30 years of proudly serving its loyal customers, the downtown Radio Shack electronics store will be making its final sale this month. Opened in 1984 by Doug Robbins, the Greenville location has survived every change that both the economy and culture could throw its way, but that well of success finally ran dry.

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Lifelong Greenville resident, former councilman Richard Ranney died Tuesday at 93

In recalling the memory of Richard F. Ranney, former mayor Lloyd Walker remembers not just a fellow council member, but a true friend. Ranney passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 93, but the lifelong Greenville resident left behind a legacy worth admiring.