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Administrators for United Way Montcalm-Ionia had plenty of information available for those who stopped by a free barbecue Wednesday at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

United Way Ionia/Montcalm kicks off fundraising efforts with barbecue

The weather was uncooperative but spirits were high at a kickoff barbecue held Wednesday afternoon for organizers and volunteers of this year’s United Way fundraising effort in Montcalm and Ionia counties at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

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Ionia, Montcalm counties get new 4-H coordinators

Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.

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Greenville schools use new measure for students

As 11- and 12-year-olds recently entered the Greenville Middle School as new sixth grade students, the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education members are already thinking ahead to when the class of 2021 will graduate.

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. The township board this year set aside $25,000 in its budget for the erection of the 24-by-40-foot covered pavilion, which is located on the north side of the township hall. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

New structure for Eureka Township residents nears completion

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at the Eureka Township Hall is nearing completion. “It’s been my dream for three years, said Mark Wilkin, the newly hired zoning administrator. “It’s going to be nice. It’s going to be for the residents.”

Brent Luttrell

Gowen homicide victim ID’d

Police have identified a Gowen man who was shot, stabbed and left to die in the street early Monday morning. Brent Luttrell, 34, was found dead alongside the road after an early morning home invasion at his home on Pinewood Street.

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JUST IN: Eureka Township pavilion nearing completion

After three years of planning and several months of construction, a new pavilion at the Eureka Township hall is nearing completion.

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JUST IN: Spencer Township man killed during home invasion

A 34-year-old man was found dead alongside the road this morning after an early morning home invasion at his home on Pine Wood St.

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Home intruder shot, killed at Greenville residence Saturday morning

A man is dead after he entered a Greenville residence Saturday morning, fell asleep on a couch, and was then fatally shot by the homeowner after a struggle ensued between the two.