Candlelit paper bags with messages and prayers of hope and encouragement for 15-year-old Rylie Whitten of Greenville line the sidewalk leading into First United Methodist Church in Greenville Wednesday evening, as Whitten recovers from toxic shock syndrome at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville teen hit with rare toxic shock syndrome infection

As the bell rings signaling the start of the school day, Rylie Whitten should be tuning her violin for orchestra class. By lunchtime, she should be sitting with her fellow sophomore friends, eating and sharing laughs in the commons areas.

Greenville Wesco employee Carina Curtis noted that sales for tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot have been on the rise since the prize officially became the highest payout in the history of the U.S. lottery. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Feeling lucky? Powerball sales high as jackpot climbs to $800 million

The lure of easy millions has lottery fans opening their wallets at party stores across the nation.

The hope of winning tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot — the largest in U.S. lottery history — is attracting even those who have never played before.


JUST IN: CMET makes marijuana, heroin busts in Greenville, Ionia

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) arrested an out-of-state suspect during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver near Greenville on Thursday.
This was part of an ongoing CMET investigation involving a subject coming to Michigan and setting up medical marijuana grow operations with the intent to take the marijuana back out of state to sell.

From left, Hunter Holloway, 12, Nick Holloway, 11, Lennox Biezais, 13, James Paxton, 13, Brady O’Neal, 10, Jace O’Neal, 12, and Brody Brockschmidt, 11, all of Greenville, climb one of the hills Wednesday at Tower Mountain Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Warm winter means no tow rope at Greenville’s Tower Mountain Park

When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.

The unsettling floors at the Greenville Transportation System bus garage have caused serious damage to the overall integrity of the building, resulting in many cracked walls and ceilings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Greenville Transit bus garage will be paid ‘100 percent’ by MDOT grants

As if sitting atop some steadily sinking quicksand, the floor of the Greenville Transit System bus garage appears to be disappearing beneath itself. According to City Manager George Bosanic, that is exactly what has happened due to poor soil quality underneath the facility, resulting in plans to build a new facility to house the city’s transport busses, located at 240 E. Fairplains St.

Student volunteers are responsible for keeping track of inventory at Baldwin Heights Elementary School’s little libraries. Similar boxes are available at locations throughout the city. Pictured here are, from left, Skyler Brown, Jakob Monks, Connor McColley, Emma Snyder and Keian Loper, all fourth grade students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Popularity of Greenville’s little libraries continues to grow

Literacy is arguably the most important aspect to success in the modern world. Without the ability to read, write and comprehend the written word, a young person’s chances for advancement are significantly reduced. It was in recognition of this fact that, in the autumn of 2013, several area educators, residents and administrators came up with the idea of providing easily accessible reading materials at locations throughout the city.


IN BRIEF: Greenville city council approves use of special legal counsel by city manager

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve the use of special legal counsel and to authorize City Manager George Bosanic to use the attorneys at his discretion.

During an active shooter training on Monday at Greenville High School, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mike LeVand secures a hallway in the school. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Department of Public Safety hosts active shooter situation exercise

“Shots fired. I repeat: Shots fired. We have an active shooter at the high school.” These are words no one wants to ever hear. Yet, words everyone in the United States is all too familiar with as 2015 draws to a close.

Barrie’s House Director Ron Wood stands among the large quantity of clothing items available in addition to food assistance at the food pantry. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Barrie’s House of Gowen serves all who need help with food, clothing

If there is one thing Ron Wood believes in it is helping his fellow man. Wood is the director of Barrie’s House at Settlement Lutheran Church in Gowen. Barrie’s House is a food pantry and clothing distribution center that aims to help those who need it no matter what the situation.

The Porter family has made a tradition of seeking out the same Santa Claus the past several years. — Courtesy photo

Family seeks out special Santa year after year

Many families have the annual tradition of going to visit a Santa Claus each year, but for one local family, it isn’t just about seeing a Santa, it is about seeing THE Santa. Eric and Angela Porter of Greenville and their three boys — Andrew, 12, Bryce, 10, and Cullen, 6 — don’t just want to visit Santa, for the past six years, they seek out their specific Santa.