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Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson, on left, talks to Connor Brecker before Wednesday’s township board meeting. Brecker told the board why he wanted to join the fire department as a cadet. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

New cadet joins Montcalm Township Fire Department

Ever since Connor Brecker can remember, he has wanted to join the fire department.

A few years ago, his uncle Jack Johnson, a Grand Rapids Fire Department captain, gave Brecker an old set of turnout gear. Brecker has been listening to an old pager to see how many fire calls Montcalm Township Fire Department receives.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, is pictured at last year's congressional baseball game for charity. — Courtesy photo

‘Targeted for assassination’: Rep. Moolenaar recounts baseball shooting

A Wednesday morning baseball practice for the annual congressional baseball game for charity went from peaceful to horrific in the blink of an eye.
Congressman John Moolenaar is playing his second year for the team, which raises funds for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and — in support of what happened at Wednesday’s practice — the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discuss Tuesday pursuing an extension to the 25-year tax increment financing plan — which expires after 2021 — to continue funding the DDA. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA talks TIF plan

Be it an extensive streetscape, improvements to public parking or decorative flowers lining Lafayette Street, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) operates with a purpose to improve the downtown district. With that thought process leading the way, the DDA has begun discussions centered around the future of funding for the organization.

Greenville residents Mary Ogle and Jordayn Blake, 4, pick out new books to read at Flat River Community Library on Tuesday afternoon. Ogle said Blake has already gotten more than 200 minutes of reading done this summer. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board learns about new third-grade reading law

A controversial law is making its way to local public schools.

Public Act 306, also known as the third-grade reading law, was passed in October 2016 after lengthy revisions.

Eureka Township Supervisor Rod Roy, right, explains the details behind an amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance, effectively placing a prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, compassion clubs and provisioning centers, as Treasurer Cindy Hanson listens Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Eureka Township puts prohibition on medical marijuana

Township officials have decided to play the waiting game on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries into the community.

During Monday evening’s Eureka Township Board meeting, members of the board voted unanimously to amend the township’s zoning ordinance to place a prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, compassion clubs and provisioning centers.

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Greenville man withdraws guilty plea in fatal heroin overdose

A Greenville man withdrew his guilty plea Thursday regarding his alleged role in the death of a Belding woman who fatally overdosed on a combination of heroin and methamphetamine in 2015.

Anthony Wiles, 33, was charged with two counts of delivery or manufacturing a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty in April to delivery or manufacturing a controlled substance (cocaine/heroin/other) and an amended count of delivery or manufacturing meth.

Carol Hansen has been named this year’s Danish Festival grand marshal after her lifelong dedication to carrying on Danish traditions and culture. In her official capacity, she will attend Danish Festival events like the Open Air Breakfast and the Grand Dansk Parade. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Retired teacher named grand marshal of this summer’s Danish Festival

Carol Hansen’s great-grandfather, Hans Hansen, came from Denmark to Montcalm County in 1881, when he was 23 years old. It was here he met the woman who would be his wife, Cena, also an immigrant from Denmark. They hadn’t met prior to both of them relocating to Michigan.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Public Schools celebrates end of school year

More than 20 staff members from this city’s school district have retired during the recently completed academic year.

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IN BRIEF: Eureka Township looking to upgrade sign, replace flag poles and remove trees at cemetery

Township officials are hoping to spruce up the township’s cemetery.

Amanda Lewis gives her walking buddy Vader Tater, a 7-month-old Great Dane, a drink of water during Saturday’s Cannonsville Critters Walk for Kitties. The walk — which raised $2,759.40 in pledges — started at the Greenville High School parking lot, went up Hillcrest Street to Yellowjacket Drive, down Greenville West Drive and ended up back to the high school. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Walk for Kitties raises nearly $3,000 for Cannonsville Critters project

Saturday was a beautiful day for a walk and more than 20 people and their dogs did just that to help raise funds for a Montcalm County cat rescue.

The Cannonsville Critters Walk for Kitties began at Greenville High School, went up Hillcrest Street, looped around and ended up back in the parking lot of the high school — a total distance of about a mile and a half.