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Steve Wyckoff holds a copy of the Montcalm County Forestry & Wildlife Guide, a publication created in part by the Montcalm Conservation District. Wyckoff, a conservation district director, is leading a grassroots effort to explore the possibility of a millage proposal to fund services for the conservation district along with Montcalm County Animal Control, 4-H, county parks and veterans. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage exploration group to meet Jan. 18

Animals, conservation, 4-H, parks and veterans.

These five topics may not share the same audience or interest in Montcalm County, but they all have one common need: Funding.

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Greenville approves attorneys, gaming license, sludge removal

Following the hiring of Thomas Siver in December 2016 to handle city prosecution services, the Greenville City Council has now authorized for the future use of additional legal counsel this new year.

During Tuesday evening’s meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a proposed list of special and general legal counsel, as well as to authorize City Manager George Bosanic to use the attorneys at his discretion.

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UPDATE: Suspect identified in hit-and-run accident

Almost two weeks after a hit-and-run accident, Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers have located and identified the suspect who allegedly fled the scene.

Troopers interviewed the 20-year-old Lowell man and are now turning the investigation over the Montcalm County Prosecutor for review.

Signs will no longer be designated by categories such as “real estate” or “political,” but instead by “temporary” or “permanent,” as the content of a sign can no longer be the deciding factor when determining if it can be placed or not. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville amends sign ordinance to comply with Supreme Court ruling

A U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue of free speech has led to changes enforced by the Greenville City Council. At the recommendation of City Manager George Bosanic, the City Council on Tuesday evening voted unanimously — after a public hearing which received no citizen comment — to amend the city’s sign ordinance within the zoning ordinance.

Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, at right, was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners by his colleagues during Tuesday morning’s organizational meeting. Also pictured is Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, at left. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County BOC switches to night meetings for more attendance

If your New Year’s resolutions included attending more Montcalm County Board of Commissioner meetings — but you work a day job — you’re in luck.

Commissioners voted 8-1 during Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting to start meeting at 6 p.m. each month for full board meetings, instead of the usual 1:30 p.m. meeting time. All full board meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month.

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IN BRIEF: Hoppough re-elected mayor by Greenville City Council

Returning members to the Greenville City Council who were re-elected in November were officially sworn in to serve their new terms Tuesday evening.

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UPDATE: Missing Greenville teenager has been located and is safe.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is asking for assistance in locating a Greenville teenager who has been missing since early this morning.

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JUST IN: Greenville police chief arraigned on healthcare fraud charge

The director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety was arraigned this morning on a charge of felony healthcare fraud.

Montcalm Area Reading Council co-Director Jonathan LaFond works on paperwork during office hours Friday afternoon. MARC is focused on providing support and resources for improved literacy for children and adults in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local organization’s new leadership focusing on literacy

Reading is fundamental, a skill that is vital for success, professionally and personally.

Unfortunately, for some people, reading can be a difficult task and a troublesome skill to learn. There are pushes at the state level to improve literacy levels for elementary school students, but the struggles of learning to read are not limited to children. Adults struggle with reading as well, which can perpetuate difficulties in their own children, and so the cycle continues.

The Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC), which is based at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville, works to improve literacy rates for adults and children. Jonathan LaFond and Allen Demorest lead the council. LaFond was appointed by the council’s board of directors in February 2016 to be the director of MARC, but he found there was simply too much to be done.

Voyage Pictures, a Grand Rapids-based video production company, shot video of keyboardist Tim King, bassist Chris Kuiper and lead vocalist Rich Hopkins, along with other DEEPFALL members not pictured.

Trufant location chosen for Greenville band’s music video

The members of the rock band DEEPFALL have some big dreams. Tim King, keyboardist and manager, says the group hopes to “go as big as we can manage,” hopefully touring the nation or globe while keeping their roots in Greenville, where they have a private studio.