IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council votes to remove no parking signs

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to remove a large number of no parking signs throughout the community.

Adrian DeCocqvandelwijnen plays drums with his punk band, Small Town Harlot,  during an August concert in Grand Rapids. Despite Adrian’s anti-inebriation lifestyle, he still enjoys playing shows even if that takes him to a bar on occasion. — Courtesy Photo/Renee Ricket Photography

Local young people committed to life without alcohol and drugs

There are a number of landmark birthdays throughout one’s life; milestones that people look forward to hitting as they age. At 16, it’s legal to get a driver’s license. At 18, it’s legal to vote. At 21, it’s legal to drink alcohol.


UPDATED: 1 injured after trailer explodes in Langston

One person was injured after a camper trailer exploded in Langston Monday morning.


After cancer treatments, survivors face new challenges

Jodie Faber of Greenville and Kelli Weeks of Ionia have both battled — and defeated — breast cancer. They now are looking at a different kind of battle: Survivorship.

Samantha Russel, 17, shown here sitting in the senior commons of Greenville High School, is excited to go on to college and is driven to succeed wherever she goes next. She is a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville student a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Samantha Russel seems like an ordinary student. She’s funny, friendly and talkative. She’s involved in extracurriculars, including being the president of the National Honors Society and playing in the percussion section of the band. But she’s added an extraordinary accomplishment as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program — the first Greenville High School student to boast that achievement since the early 2000s.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to an accident around 3:30 p.m. Friday at W. Carson City Road and S. Hillcrest Street.

JUST IN: Friday afternoon crash leaves at least 2 injured

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, a black Nissan Altima and a High Grade Materials truck hauling two trailers collided on the corner of Hillcrest and Washington Streets.

Sage Salvador Juarez

Greenville teenager found dead Thursday night

A teenager died Thursday night at a Greenville residence.

Sage Salvador Juarez, 17, was found unresponsive at 9:06 p.m.

Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.

HatRack coordinator Caryl Wood straightens hats and wigs during the shop’s business hours, Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are also available if visitors are unable to go in on Monday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Women’s Action Network works to improve lives in community

Every third Monday of the month, a group of dedicated women gather in a meeting room of the Winter Inn in Greenville. They come together to talk, to network and to hear a presentation from different speakers before enjoying a dinner together. The group of women is the Women’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County and is dedicated to supporting women in the professional world and economy of the local community.

Amy and Joe Hanson (pseudonyms used for the couple’s protection) wanted their photograph to be taken next to a cross to “thank the man above” for helping them get out of homelessness. The couple was homeless for years before finding stable housing in Greenville through Montcalm and Ionia county services. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

California couple overcomes homeless situation in Michigan

When Joe and Amy Hanson (not their real names) moved from California to Michigan, they didn’t have jobs lined up or a place to live. In fact, they were homeless.