Janet Ralph

Greenville school board president switching roles

The Greenville Board of Education will see a change following November’s regular meeting.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Treasurer Jim Anderson and Vice President Norice Rasmussen discuss recent developments at the state level as it pertains to education, including recently passed legislation pertaining to early literacy, during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board talks education strategies

Greenville Public Schools is looking to the future and focusing on its Big, Hairy Audacious Goal, also known as its BHAG.

During Monday evening’s school board meeting, the board and audience members heard from members of committees committed to achieving the BHAG.

Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead updated Montcalm County commissioners on her department’s status on Monday after Animal Control received a 33 percent budget cut. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control deals with budget cuts by reducing hours, staff

Reduced hours, reduced staff, reduced services.

Montcalm County Animal Control is running as such after a 33 percent budget cut by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.


IN BRIEF: Greenville board approves textbook purchase

During a regular board of education meeting Monday evening, the board approved the purchase of 60 copies of a new seventh grade social studies book that focuses on ancient civilizations.

Teaching his students Friday, Dr. Mark Taylor, the music and band teacher at Flat River Academy, has brought back the instruction of both subjects to the school for the first time in several years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy renamed again, now Flat River Academy

Nearly two months ago, the Grattan Academy Board of Directors made the decision to change the longstanding name of the school as part of a rebranding effort.

But shortly after the decision was made on Aug. 6 to establish Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy as the school’s new name, a number of students voiced their displeasure with the decision.


Wine and Wigs event is Oct. 15 in Greenville

Ladies (and gentlemen), get ready to don some wigs and have some fun.

The Women’s Action Network (WAN) is hosting an event called Wine and Wigs at the Winter Inn from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15. It’s an opportunity for people to learn more about WAN, taste some beer and wine, enjoy appetizers and try on wigs. The event is open to the public aged 16 and older.


Greenville police investigate creepy clown threat at school

Greenville Public Schools had heightened security Friday in response to the “creepy clown” situation happening throughout West Michigan and the United States in general.

The additional police presence Friday morning was in response to an anonymous tip the Greenville Department of Public Safety received from the Michigan State Police around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Repair work will be performed this month on the bridge over the Flat River on West River Drive in Greenville, as expansion joints on the bridge have been leaking and the foundation has been eroding from the river. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hillcrest Street Bridge leaks to be repaired

Hoping to avoid future degradation, repair work on a city bridge over the Flat River will begin and end with a goal to finish by November.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved two motions related to work to be performed on the bridge on Greenville West Drive, which runs north and south over the Flat River.

IM Fostering Hope collects items and puts together backpacks for children transitioning in the foster care system in Montcalm and Ionia counties. — Courtesy photo

IM Fostering Hope aims to help foster families

Last year, more than 160 children in Montcalm and Ionia counties entered the foster care system, and IM Fostering Hope is hoping to make the transition easier for those children.

The group has put together backpacks with hygiene items, pajamas, comfort items, blankets, socks and underwear. The goal is to make the first night of transition easier on the children and the foster families.

A pilot taxis his airplane after landing at the Greenville Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Owing to a block grant from Federal Aviation Administration, to be administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, pilots will now have an easier time as the airfield paint markings on the runway will be rehabilitated.

Greenville Municipal Airport runway markings to be given fresh update

As planes come and go at the Greenville Municipal Airport, numbers and stripes mark the runway to help pilots as they make their trips to and from sky.

However, those markings have almost entirely faded away through years of erosion from the elements.

But thanks to a block grant from Federal Aviation Administration, to be administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, pilots will now have an easier time as the airfield paint markings on the runway will be rehabilitated.