Sage Salvador Juarez

Greenville teenager found dead Thursday night

A teenager died Thursday night at a Greenville residence.

Sage Salvador Juarez, 17, was found unresponsive at 9:06 p.m.

Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.

HatRack coordinator Caryl Wood straightens hats and wigs during the shop’s business hours, Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are also available if visitors are unable to go in on Monday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Women’s Action Network works to improve lives in community

Every third Monday of the month, a group of dedicated women gather in a meeting room of the Winter Inn in Greenville. They come together to talk, to network and to hear a presentation from different speakers before enjoying a dinner together. The group of women is the Women’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County and is dedicated to supporting women in the professional world and economy of the local community.

Amy and Joe Hanson (pseudonyms used for the couple’s protection) wanted their photograph to be taken next to a cross to “thank the man above” for helping them get out of homelessness. The couple was homeless for years before finding stable housing in Greenville through Montcalm and Ionia county services. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

California couple overcomes homeless situation in Michigan

When Joe and Amy Hanson (not their real names) moved from California to Michigan, they didn’t have jobs lined up or a place to live. In fact, they were homeless.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

Right now, the Lakeview District Fire Department serves Pine Township, but a few residents in Pine Township are looking into how to switch to the Montcalm Township Fire Department because it is closer. The topic was brought to the Montcalm Township Board on Sept. 14. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Pine Township residents consider switching fire jurisdiction

Pine Township officials are taking a look at the current fire department arrangement.

On Sept. 14, Pine Township Treasurer Randy Robson and five township residents approached the Montcalm Township Board about the possibility of being incorporated into the Montcalm Township Fire Department’s jurisdiction.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum President Keith Hudson showcases historical images of downtown Greenville, that could potentially be posted downtown after the Greenville Downtown Development Authority approved up to $5,000 to be spent on installing historical, interpretive signs in the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA OK’s purchase of historical, interpretive signs

When Keith Hudson travels down Lafayette Street, there are times takes a moment to picture the downtown district as it may have existed more than 165 years ago.


Inaugural Lumberjack Day is Saturday

The lumber industry once served as this community’s primary source of revenue, when saw mills would send thousands of logs daily down the Flat River.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, explains the details behind accepting a facade grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves $834,631 MEDC grant agreement

After months of ensuring that all necessary paperwork was filed, regulations met and all parties in agreement, improvements to the downtown district are now just one signature away. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved seven separate motions to move forward with six facade grant improvement projects through a grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).


JUST IN: Fraudulent image circulating on social media

GREENVILLE — An offensive image created in Adobe Photoshop has been making the rounds on social media Thursday morning. The image depicts the homepage of the website for the Greenville Public School district with some derogatory language at the top and has been posted on Facebook, giving the impression that the website had been hacked [...]