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Holiday Pops tickets go on sale Monday

Of all the signs that the holiday season has officially begun, the most impressive and musically pleasing may be when the Grand Rapids Symphony comes to town.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Craig Jones is shown left with Jim Ryan when they finally met face to face at a friend’s home in Jenison. The two connected while the former principal and mentor shared his memories of Danny Jones with a nephew who always had a strong emotional tie to the uncle he never met. — Courtesy photo

Memory of Vietnam Marine from Greenville spans more than 50 years and 1,000 miles

It all started with a phone call from a former Greenville High School principal seeking the family of a former student.

Greenville Downtown Development Authority member Jim Hopkins, left, and Greenville City Clerk/Treasurer Norice Rasmussen, right, look at potential designs of interpretive signs to be placed in downtown Greenville, as Flat River Museum and Greenville Historical Society President Keith Hudson, top, describes the images during Tuesday’s DDA meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Interpretive signs to be located centrally in downtown Greenville

This community’s first electrical lights? Installed in 1888. The first brick laid on Lafayette Street? Placed in 1910.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.

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JUST IN: Millages pass in Home, Montcalm and Sidney townships

A road millage in Home Township and fire millages in Montcalm and Sidney townships were all approved by voters Tuesday.

Jordyn Keselring, 11, is a middle school student now but last year as a fifth grade student at Baldwin Heights and the student council president, she set the process in motion to have a buddy bench installed. The idea of the buddy bench is that any student who is lonely can go sit on it and other students will know they want to play and will hopefully invite them in on the game. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Baldwin Heights Elementary School installs buddy bench

Jordyn Keselring, an 11-year-old student at Greenville Middle School, got the chance to see a dream of hers realized. Keselring attended Friday’s dedication of a buddy bench on the Baldwin Heights Elementary School playground; a bench that wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for her.

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IN BRIEF: Owners of O’Connor’s Shoes withdraw from MEDC facade grant

O’Connor’s Shoes will no longer be one of six projects in the downtown district to receive grant funding for facade improvements.

A grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation will be used toward installing a kayak launch at Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community foundation commits nearly $150,000 toward 4 rec projects

The Greenville City Council found absolutely no difficulty in approving a generous amount of donated funds to the city Tuesday evening.

In four separate motions, the council, with Councilman Lloyd Scoby absent, unanimously approved more than $145,000 in funds from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for four potential projects.

Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.