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Greenville City Engineer Doug Hinken discusses with the Greenville City Council a bid for the construction of a new storage building for the recreation department to replace one destroyed in a 2013 fire. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to replace rec department building with larger one

It’s been nearly a year since the Greenville Recreation Department’s storage facility was destroyed in a fire. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the go ahead for building its replacement. The council approved a $25,653 bid for the new building, which will be constructed in the A.G. Davis Park complex at Kent and Walnut streets. The bid from Butterworth Buildings of Greenville also includes electrical work.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

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Greenville school bus tips over, students receive minor injuries

Five Greenville Public Schools students were transported to a hospital with minor injuries when a school bus tipped onto its side after losing control on an icy gravel road this morning. According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the injuries were mostly bumps and bruises. Some students were treated at the scene, while five students were transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.

Six Greenville High School students were given high honors for their artwork during a regional competition in Scholastic Art and Writing. Pictured, from left, in back, are Rachel Nanzer, Nathan Bower, Zach Melching and Kristyn Hendricks, in front, Rylee Korsky and Monica Vine. Bower went on to earn a silver award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing competition. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville High School art student is up for national award

Nathan Bower was so involved with high school art projects he forgot he had another due just two days later. Known by his teacher as someone who “flies by the seat of his pants,” Bower, a senior at Greenville High School, wasn’t too worried.

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Two dozen projects on Greenville City Council’s docket for fiscal year

Council members of this city gathered around the dinner table to break bread, but also to discuss a list of items they hope to address in the upcoming fiscal year.

Without delving too far into each topic and instead deciding whether it was something they hoped to consider in the 2014-15 fiscal year for the city, officials settled on more than two dozen potential projects.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker is pictured at the scene of a fire in September 2012. — File photo

Oakfield Township fire chief placed on probation

This township’s fire chief has been placed on probation due to multiple issues and complaints. The Oakfield Township Board voted 5-2 at their March 11 meeting to place Fire Chief Don Riker on probation for six months.

Mentor Madison Kartes leads a discussion on how bullying occurs both in person and online with fourth and fifth grade girls at Walnut Hills. The students gather in smaller groups with other mentors and talked about what defines bullying and how it can be prevented. — Daily News/Stacie Rose

Greenville’s Project Bloom program builds girls’ confidence

The staff at Walnut Hills Elementary School noticed a troubling trend with the female students. While walking down the hallway or playing during recess, young students were making disparaging remarks about their own appearances.

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UPDATED: Greenville woman dies in alcohol-fueled crash

A Greenville woman died shortly after midnight Sunday after her car hit another car head-on. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to the accident around 12:26 a.m. on Wise Road near Shear Road.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.