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Emergency officials investigate the scene of a plane crash this afternoon at the Greenville Municipal Airport. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Plane crash at Greenville Municipal Airport results in serious injuries to pilot, passenger

A plane crash at the Greenville Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon resulted in serious injuries to the pilot and his passenger.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Members of the Greenville City Council discuss the status of the Greenville Transportation System during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville council secures funding for transit building

A new five-year master agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now in the books, part of an effort to secure grant funding for the future. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the new plan with MDOT, which, according to City Manager George Bosanic, serves as a larger umbrella under which yearly grant request are submitted.

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Greenville city attorney retires after four decades

After a long and storied career within this city, Jim Mullendore is now spending his first week in retirement with a question he’s rarely had to ask himself before.

“What do I spend my time on now?” he said with a chuckle, looking back on a law career that has spanned 41 years with Greenville.

Mullendore, 70, officially retired as city attorney, as well as from his own private law office in town, on Aug. 31.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves purchase of new police cruiser equipment

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to purchase new equipment to be used on two new police cruisers.

Located between the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Haan’s Bakery, Lafayette Park is being looked at by the Greenville Downtown Development Authority as a location for a potential open market structure for a farmers market, concerts and other group events. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA revives discussion of creating open market structure

Collecting dust on the agenda of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an item that was once thought to be the spark this city needed to rejuvenate its downtown district. Last discussed in detail in 2011, the idea of an open market structure that could host a number of activities — a farmers market, concerts and other group events — has long been on the back burner.

From left, retired firefighters Jim Hopkins, Gary Valentine, Tim Foster, Randy Elzinga and Dave Steffes stand outside the Greenville Department of Public Safety after being recognized for their collective service of 157 years to the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Indispensable’: 5 Greenville firefighters honored in retirement

Be it steadying a hose for a fellow firefighter attempting to extinguish a flame or making trip upon trip inside a burning home to ensure everyone has escaped safety, serving as a firefighter is a duty well worth recognition.

Five local firefighters have put in more time than most, with a combined 157 of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety. They were recognized at the Aug. 16 Greenville City Council meeting.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Police Staff Sgt. and Fire Lt. Brian Blomstrom received an award of merit for for outstanding effort in the area of ISO recertification. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville’s ISO rating improves

On the surface of public safety are many officers, firefighters, large emergency vehicles and noisy sirens.

But behind the scenes, data entry, paperwork and diligence ensures the Greenville Department of Public Safety runs smoothly.

Following the most recent inspection from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) of the city’s fire services, that commitment to excellence has now paid off in a way that will benefit city property owners.

Jacob Visser, 16, from Greenville, pictured standing, officially joined Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program on Aug. 10 after the township board unanimously voted to accept him into the program. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Greenville teen joins Montcalm Township fire cadet program

Jacob Visser, isn’t just getting ready for his junior year at Greenville High School and working at Plastisource. He’s also joining Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program.