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Gatchel gets ready for national pageant

Greenville resident Alisha Gatchel is among 53 contestants representing the United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Fla.

Greenville artist Judy Rogers works on her drawing titled “The Promise,” a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Rogers, who is a retired school teacher from Cedar Crest Elementary School, will enter the piece in the third annual Art @ the Green art competition. The event begins Tuesday and will run through Aug. 16. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Annual Art @ the Green event kicks off Tuesday

Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence. “We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”

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JUST IN: Greenville-area man killed in M-57 crash, 3 others injured

The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is investigating a fatal crash involving two vehicles Wednesday evening near Greenville.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:37 p.m. on 14 Mile Road (M-57), east of Wellman Road, which is about six miles west of Greenville.

Daniel Leussenkamp's prison mugshot.

UPDATE: Crime spree trio arrested in Grand Rapids and New York

Two members of a crime spree trio were arrested today in Grand Rapids after allegedly committing a stabbing, a carjacking, an assault and a robbery.
Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr. 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of the Grand Rapids area, were arrested today by U.S. Marshalls in Alpine Township, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

Shawna Robinson, left, and her son Patrick, of Greenville, inquire with Mary Mastaglio of Comfort Keepers during Tuesday evening’s resource fair at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. — Daily News/Cory Smith

One Book One County program provides direction, help for job seekers

For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.

Daniel Leussenkamp's prison mugshot.

UPDATE: Trio on the run after stabbing, carjacking, assault and robbery

A trio with local ties are on the run after their alleged involvement in a stabbing in Wyoming, a carjacking in Greenville and another stabbing in Mount Clemens. A nationwide manhunt is underway for Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

With 4-H supplying the building, booth and name recognition and Greenville Lions Club members offering the man hours to shop, cook and serve, the two local groups teamed up to raise $9,000 to be split 50-50. This is the first year the two organizations ran a joint food booth at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Pictured are 4-H students and advisers operating the booth. — Courtesy photo

Lions Club, 4-H Club team up for fundraiser

Both the Greenville Lions Club and the 4-H program are founded on education and life experiences for local youths. During last month’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the two organizations teamed up.

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Greenville schools renew admin contracts

Annual housekeeping was the main agenda at Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night. The six board members in attendance voted to renew two-year administrative contracts to Korie Crawford, John Gilchrist, Mary Beth Taylor, Brian Zdanowski, Leigh Acker, Jack Gilbert, Todd Boyer, Susan Ayres, Gretchen Baarman, Michelle Blaszczynski, Mike Walsh, Linda Van Houten, Ken Poor, Ron Hofmann, Kathy Bresnahan and Leanne Eyer.

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JUST IN: Greenville approves language changes to downtown rental requirements

This city’s council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown.