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Greenville superintendent search begins

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor. Haines submitted his resignation June 8 after accepting the superintendent position at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD).

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‘Hiccup-free’ fair results in record attendance, no event cancellations

Plan for the worst, hope for the best — that’s often the credo of organizers who help bring to life the week of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. This year, it was the latter of that statement that had both 4-H kids and adults alike leaving on the final day of the fair week with smiles boasted proudly.

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JUST IN: Greenville school board names co-acting superintendents

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor.

Heather Fishburn, 16, of the North Central 4-H Club, was declared the 2015 Montcalm County 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Saturday after achieving the highest score among her fellow 4-H showmanship champions in showing 11 different animals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship

Of the many accolades and recognitions awarded throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, nothing may be more coveted than being crowned the winner of the sweepstakes showmanship championship competition.

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JUST IN: Driver, passengers receive non-life-threatening and minor injuries in car-motorcycle crash

A car-motorcycle crash that occurred this morning near the intersection of M-66 and Fenwick Road resulted in minor injuries for passengers involved.

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Greenville Chamber director steps down

Change is sometimes sweet and sometimes scary. It’s also inevitable. Greenville is going through a few changes right now. With businesses closing on main street, new industry moving to town and the resignation of the school superintendent, residents have the taste of change fresh in their mouths.

Alpacas are a hardy breed with a genetic resistance to disease. Alpacas took center stage Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Alpaca ‘trail’ features new obstacles at 4-H Fair

Modern 4-H’ers can thank the Spanish conquistadors for the ease with which they’re able to raise and train alpacas. The gentle, horselike animals, raised by the Incas, almost disappeared during the 1500s, when the Spaniards conquered South America’s natives and slaughtered alpacas almost to the point of extinction.

The Incas who survived the conquest fled to the mountains; only the strong survived, of both men and alpacas. This made for a strong, disease resistant gene pool.

Vandals used spray paint to write and draw obscene words and images on Thursday morning on Clay, Franklin and High streets in Greenville. Pictured is one of the tamer images. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Obscene vandals strike in Greenville; 3 teens arrested

When several residents on the south side of Greenville awoke Thursday morning, they were greeted to a less than pleasant sight.

Vandals had marched up and down Clay, Franklin and High streets with spray paint cans at the ready. During their marauding between 2:30 and 4 a.m., vandals tagged up houses, vehicles, public utility boxes and even the street itself. All told, there were 13 cases of destruction with spray paint.

A view from the auctioneer booth during the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

4-H’ers show off their efforts at livestock auction

Three little pigs went to the market, but none of them actually came home … they were auctioned off at the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction. People flocked to the fairgrounds Thursday evening to place their bids on homegrown Montcalm County livestock during the auction. The 4-H’ers showing animals at the auction represented clubs from across the county.

A look behind the scenes at the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen marks decade

When it comes to filling people’s bellies, the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen is an equal opportunity food mission. “There are no requirements to get a meal here,” Director Jan Drake said. “Everyone is welcome. Just come in for a free meal.”