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Greenville historian Elsie McNiel dies at 82

When future historians look back at 20th century Greenville, they’ll encounter the usual pantheon of mayors, city managers, business owners.

Those who take time to dig deeper will find Elsie McNiel, a woman who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to chronicle and preserve a record of the community.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

Trooper Keith Disselkoen, community service liaison with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post explains the dangers of “sexting” Monday evening at a gathering at Greenville Middle School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Michigan State Police trooper discusses dangers of sexting

People need to think twice before sending a revealing photo via text. Sexting — sending erotic selfie photos via text messaging — can result in a 20-year prison sentence.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.

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Multiple people injured in Klackle Orchards tractor accident

Multiple people were injured in a Klackle Orchards farm tractor accident Sunday afternoon. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on Station Road near West County Line Road around 4 p.m.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.

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Greenville student count is higher than expected

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education listened to some good news Monday evening when it learned the initial projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year was actually too low. “When we planned the budget for this year, we made a projected guess,” Director of Finance John Gilchrist said. “But we are actually coming in at 58 students higher.”

Baldwin Heights Elementary School students, officials and the family of Micah Maroney, center, have teamed up to help fund covering the largest portion of the playground with wood chips, which are much more navigable for Micah’s wheelchair than the pea stones currently there. A GoFundMe account was set up Sunday with a goal of $2,000 and by Friday afternoon it had already exceeded that, reaching more than $2,700. Micah is shown here with her first grade classmates. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

At Greenville school, ‘we have each others’ backs’

Diagnosed at 16 months with spinal muscular atrophy, which deteriorates muscle and impairs mobility, now 6-year-old Micah Moroney hasn’t let the debilitating disease hold her back. The sociable first grader best enjoys spending time with her friends, especially at school. And when the wheels of her electric wheelchair hit the pea stones which cover a vast majority of Baldwin Heights Elementary School’s outdoor playground and sank in, she was devastated she couldn’t continue on with her friends.

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Dicastal North America hiring and training to start in mid-2015

This week, the Greenville City Council approved a $5 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as well as a development agreement with Dicastal North America Inc. and along with that comes a timeline of when the company will bring its promised 300 jobs.