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Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding. No one was injured. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire extinguished at West Michigan Compounding

Firefighters from the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded at 5:20 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding, located at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville.

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Shop With A Hero: Greenville officers go Christmas shopping with local youths

It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.

On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe and Beamer’s Tanning & More owner Wendy Gladding show off a Local Loot certificate. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Local Loot: Greenville Chamber rolls out holiday shopping program

When it comes to purchasing gifts for the holidays, Greenville’s merchants say there is no better place to buy than local shops.

“We want local businesses to thrive and be successful,” said Beamer’s Tanning & More Owner Wendy Gladding. “I just think it’s really important.”

Greenville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department’s food service worker Kelly Ross slings out some pizza to Greenville High School students. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools aim to feed students nutritious meals

Keeping up with the appetite of a high school student is no easy task, but the staff of Greenville Public Schools try to keep pace. During its December meeting, the Greenville school board heard a presentation about the district’s Food and Nutrition Department. Chief Operating Officer Korie Crawford described the many tasks the department completes throughout the school year.

The Holiday Helpers have donation cans at Jorgi’s Marketplace, All About Nails and More and The Meat Shack in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Holiday Helpers formed to offer helping hand

At a time in their lives, when their peers are worrying about raising money for their next 30-pack, three Greenville High School graduates are more concerned about raising money for the less fortunate.

The seventh grade student council at Greenville Middle School wraps up a “bully” during the Hero in the Hallway assembly on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Middle School empowering students to stand up against bullying

One way to stop bullying is to empower not only the victims, but the witnesses to bullying as well.

This mindset is one Greenville Middle School officials are attempting to instill in students.

Two women console each other after learning of a fatal shooting last September in Greenville. At left, Greenville Department of Public Safety officers Jamie Sorsen, left, and Marty Obetts, investigate on scene. — File photo

JUST IN: Montcalm County prosecutor rules Greenville home invasion fatal shooting was justified

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause released her review and conclusion of a home invasion which led to a fatal shooting in Greenville last summer.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, John Russell, 27, was shot and killed by Jess Braman, 38, after Russell broke into Braman’s house while Russell was naked with with marijuana in his system as Braman’s wife and children were asleep, according to police and autopsy reports.

The ladies of Purls of West Michigan, plus Dan Eagles, co-chairman of the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, circle around the nearly 100 matching sets of hats and mittens made by the group. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Purls of West Michigan knit nearly 100 hats and mittens for Lions Club

When it comes down to knitting and purling, cabling and gartering, and even frogging, no one does it with more passion than the ladies of Purls of West Michigan. “It’s a wonderful group of ladies,” Molly Hollar said. “It’s a good group. We have a lot of fun.”

Die Cad Group Inc. recently opened up an office on S. Greenville West Drive at the Wyngate Office Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Die Cad Group opens office in Greenville

Although economic woes still plague the country, both from a local and national perspective, it looks like Greenville received an economic booster shot in the form of a new company moving to the city. Die Cad Group Inc. recently set up shop at the Wyngate Office Park off of S. Greenville West Drive. The company officially opened its Greenville doors on Monday.

Gifts are still needed for the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, and ornaments describing the age and gender of children who need gifts are available at 18 locations throughout Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations for Lions Club Toy Project still needed

The Greenville Lions Club has but one mission this time of year, a mission to make Christmas memorable for all Greenville area children. The objective of the club’s members sounds simple in nature, that no child wake up Christmas morning without a gift, but the reality of making that happen requires the affection and charity of an entire community.