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Memorial Greenville Rotary Club scholarship established

When members of the Greenville Rotary Club met earlier this month at the First United Methodist Church, it was more than noticeable that special longtime member Francis “Fran” Rivard was absent.

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Greenville City Council limits Water Bill Revolving Loan Fund

The city of Greenville recently took measures to close a loophole which some city residents were taking advantage of. The city has a program which allows residents to take out a “loan” in order to payoff their water bills for the year. The Water Bill Revolving Loan Fund allows residents to spread the payments of their water bill over a period of time. There were no interest charges incurred and the program was intended to help city residents who were in financial straits.

Baldwin Heights Elementary School kindergarteners frolic in the “snow” set up by PTO President Ann Harvey for her annual Holiday Shop. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Baldwin Heights Holiday Shop is a memorable holiday experience

When it comes to the phrase “’Tis the season to be merry” no one takes it more seriously than Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization President Ann Harvey. Especially when it comes to giving the children a true holiday experience.

Eureka Township Supervisor Rod Roy, left, and Code Enforcement and Zoning Administrator Mark Wilkin discuss a potential rezoning request from a township resident. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Township planners consider rezoning request

Determining the proper zoning for a township is an ongoing, ever present issue for township governments, but that is the nature of the game, according to Eureka Township Supervisor Rod Roy.

Greenville City Councilman and Flat River Community Theater member Larry Moss delivers a Shakespearian soliloquy on stage at the Greenville Area Community Center. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Community Center theater gets $18,413 grant for upgrades

After 38 years of nearly constant use, the theater at the Greenville Area Community Center will be receiving a much needed facelift. “The facility is certainly dated,” said Greenville Community Center and Recreation Director Kris Berry. “Much of the inside is all the original equipment. We certainly are due for some upgrades in certain areas but as always it’s funding.”

Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

The Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) discussed the seven points of its vision statement during its December meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

COGG discusses vision statement going into 2015

As the last days of 2014 descend on the city, the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) is looking ahead to 2015. During its December meeting, the group discussed the several points of its vision statement.

Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

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Greenville receives annual financial report, shows positive trends

It’s the end of the year and the city of Greenville just got its end-of-the-year financial report card, which showcased mostly positive marks. During the last regular meeting of 2014, the Greenville City Council heard the city’s annual financial report for the fiscal year. Joe Verlin of Gabridge and Co. gave the report for the fiscal year of June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2014.