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VIDEO: Montcalm County firefighters participate in ice rescue training

In spite of the 2 degree air temperature, which dropped even lower with the wind chill, Montcalm County firefighters braved the frigid weather to participate in an ice training on Sunday. Michigan Rescue Concepts (MRC) hosted the training session in Crystal Township, which included a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on training session on the ice of Crystal Lake. MRC is an 18-year-old Michigan-based company which have trained more than 500 fire departments in ice and water rescue training.

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council discusses Dicastal, snow plowing

GREENVILLE — Dicastal North American Inc. was on the topic of discussion during the Tuesday night meeting of the Greenville City Council. During the meeting, the city council unanimously approved a motion to transfer the Industrial Facilities Certificates from United Solar Ovonic to Dicastal. The certificates concern the parcels of land Dicastal purchased from the [...]

Moments before accepting the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum, center, received introductory speeches from 2014 recipient Joyce London, left, and Spectrum Health Charity Ball Chairman Dr. Rocky Hansen at the Spectrum Health Charity Ball at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday. — Daily News/Stacie Smith

Slocum honored at annual Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Despite frigid temperatures Saturday, a crowd of more than 300 came out to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to support Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum as she received this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award. The evening marks the largest fundraising undertaking for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals each year. Proceeds for the Charity Ball benefit the renovation of existing areas in Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville to establish a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program.

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JUST IN: Smoke and flames at Maplewood Square

GREENVILLE— Local firefighters were quick to extinguish a fire on Sunday at the Maplewood Square Apartments in Greenville. At around 4:30 p.m., Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a call of smoke at 1414 S. Maplewood Drive. Smoke was coming from the vents and seeping from the walls at the entryway of the apartment [...]

Here’s a look at homeless student statistics and reduced lunch statistics at Belding Area Schools and Montcalm County’s seven public school districts. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Local student opens up about homeless plight

Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.

Montcalm Township Supervisor Mike Adams breaks down corrugated cardboard while cleaning up at the Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex recycling site. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township recycling site constantly filled with trash

The Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex is starting to get a little trashy … quite literally. The four recycling bins located at the township complex are being filled with items which are not meant to be recycled. In spite of a clearly posted sign, people are dumping all sorts of trash in the recycle dumpsters.

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Greenville school board discusses whooping cough situation

Whooping cough has been on the collective mind of the Greenville Public Schools community for a week.

During the Greenville Downtown Development Authority meeting Tuesday, City Engineer Doug Hinken, right, discusses the bike racks the city will purchase courtesy of a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation. —± Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA looks at spots for new bike racks

On Tuesday, it was all about hitting the racks at the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting … bike racks, that is. City Engineer Doug Hinken joined the DDA meeting to discuss an upcoming bike rack project. Last November, the Greenville Area Community Foundation awarded a grant for $13,122 for the installation of several bike racks throughout the city.

The Greenville City Council recently approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city’s ordinance. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council hires contractor to clear sidewalks

With winter’s icy breath still blowing, this city is looking for ways to ensure clear sidewalks. At the Feb. 3 Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city ordinance. The city will hire Jensen Lawn Care of Greenville to remove the snow at a cost of $65 per hour.

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VIDEO: Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

Leaping into 33-degree water on a cold February afternoon takes the type of courage gladiators would find hard to muster. But the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge did not bat an eye as they plunged into the depths of Turk Lake on Saturday.