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Montcalm Township Fire Department aims to replace engine, expand building

The newest fire engine at the Montcalm Township Fire Department is older than some of its cadets, and the oldest engine is from 1985.

“We’re at a situation where the youthful life of a fire engine is 10 years,” Supervisor Mike Adams said. “Our newest engine is a 1997. On top of that, we’ve outgrown our station.”

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IN BRIEF: Propery owner looking to build storage unit complex in Greenville

A new storage facility has been proposed from a local business owner, who hopes to construct on vacant land.

Gary Zarkowski of Zarkowski Properties is hoping to construct a mini-storage complex at 6910 S. Greenville Rd. (M-91), located directly across from the former Meijer building.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, center, speaks on the topic of interpretive, historic signs as City Manager George Bosanic, right, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe, left, listen during Tuesday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA continues sign discussion

From the former Hotel Phelps, now a vacant lot, to the original Meijer Thrift Store, only a memory to some today, much of Greenville’s history remains locked in the past, visible only in photographs. But if an idea continues to float among the Greenville Downtown Development Authority comes to fruition, that history would be prominently displayed for any visitor of the city to observe for themselves.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm Township approves new trustee, cadet

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — The Montcalm Township Board appointed Tim Rau as trustee at Wednesday night’s regular meeting. There was an available position after former member Stephen Hole moved out of the township, making him ineligible to be on the board. The board also unanimously voted to accept 16-year-old Jacob Visser into the fire department’s cadet program. [...]

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to begin a consolidation effort that will close Grattan Elementary School, with all operations moving to the school district’s Eureka Township location, which will serve as a K-12 charter institution. The elementary school has been functioning since 1955. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy gets new name; elementary school building to be closed

After 20 years as a local educational institution, Grattan Academy Charter School is about to undergo two of the largest changes in its history.

During Monday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, board members voted unanimously to drop “Grattan” from the name entirely and to rename the school “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy” as part of a new branding effort to change the image of the school.

Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten

Greenville Public Schools to roll out new branding statement

Some changes are coming to the Greenville Public Schools district.

The district is rolling out a new strategic plan for branding at today’s first annual Block Party Bash, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Legacy Field. The purpose of the rebrand, according to Superintendent Linda Van Houten, is to unify all the schools under one set of core values that signify what the district’s mission is.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville DDA continues interpretive signs discussion

Members of the Downtown Development Authority continued discussion Tuesday morning on the idea of installing interpretive signs in the downtown district.

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Greenville schools to host block party bash

Residents and community members should get ready to rock the block — the inaugural Block Party Bash for Greenville Public Schools. The block party starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday and lasts until 7 p.m. at Legacy Field in Greenville, next to the high school. The free event will feature food, fun and activities for children of all ages.

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IN BRIEF: Grattan Academy to be renamed “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy”

Members of the Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday evening to rename the charter school.

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JUST IN: Child playing with lighter causes Greenville house to catch on fire

A child playing with a lighter caused a Greenville house to catch on fire this evening.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to the call around 6:30 p.m. at 815 W. Washington St.