Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ron Billmeier and Trustee James Andersen reviewed the finer points of the contract for incoming superintendent Linda VanHouten during a special meeting on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board reviews proposed superintendent contract

Nearly five months following the resignation of the former superintendent, the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education is almost ready to finalize a contract with its next superintendent, Linda VanHouten.

On Monday, the school board met during a special meeting to discuss a contract for VanHouten proposed by the personnel committee. However, after much discussion throughout the evening, board members decided several paragraphs in the contract needed to be reworded and clarified.

One of the main aisles in the Material Prep department, with second shift group leader Terry Lueder peeking out, gives an idea of the sheer size of Federal-Mogul’s Greenville plant. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Federal-Mogul offers local, global employment opportunities

Federal-Mogul may look like a small town manufacturing plant, nestled as it is along the railroad tracks on the east end of the city. Looks can be deceiving. In reality, the company is a global juggernaut with “sister plants” spanning the globe; South Africa, Poland and 21 other countries are home to Federal-Mogul, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in the Greenville location.

Montcalm Township Fire Department recruit Logan Fuhrman, listens to some tips from veteran firefighter Jorden Brygal during a search-and-rescue training session on Sunday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Firefighters undergo search and rescue training (VIDEO AND GALLERIES)

You cannot learn to ride a bike by reading a book about it. Acquiring and mastering a skill comes more from practicing the act, rather than merely studying it. This is a fact the firefighters of the Montcalm Township Fire Department take to heart.


4 running as write-ins for 2 Greenville council seats

The Greenville City Council election is shaping up to be an interesting one. Four people are running as write-ins for two seats on the council in the Nov. 3 election. The candidates include a current councilman, an attorney, a former city manager and the former editor of The Daily News.

Susan Rieckman

Woman, 69, charged in Greenville accident that killed boy, 4

A Cedar Springs woman who had her driver’s license suspended five years ago is charged with a felony after her vehicle struck and killed a young boy in downtown Greenville last month.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

The Eureka Township Planning Commission discussed an ordinance which restricts the storage of large equipment, specifically semi-tractor trucks, in residentially zoned parcels and agriculturally zoned parcels with 5 acres or less during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Township planners discuss semi-truck storage rules

Truckers would agree there is nothing more freeing than hitting their pace on the open road as they haul a load to its destination.

However, what happens to their rigs when waiting for the next job has been a matter of discussion at Eureka Township Planning Commission meetings.

Due to the fact the previous owner of Forest View Development failed to put the final layer of asphalt on the streets, the residents of the development requested and received to be declared a special assessment district from the city of Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council OKs Forest View special assessment district

There is nothing finer to witness on a Tuesday night than an intricate ballet of procedural dancing. As it is said: It’s cheaper than a movie. In order to ensure all bases were covered, the Greenville City Council approved five motions related to the Forest View Development Special Assessment District during Tuesday’s meeting.

Brenda and Lee Gilman showcase the ramp members of the Greenville Community Church built to help support the Gilmans after Lee suffered a spinal cord injury making him a paraplegic. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Trufant man suffered complete spinal break; church to host benefit dinner

June 3 is a day which will be forever etched into the mind of Lee Gilman.

It was the day he lost the use of his legs.