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Adopted from the same Chinese orphanage, Dannah Gunn of Greenville, right, recently discovered she was not only related to Kyra Lux, but also they were twins. — Courtesy photo

Greenville student learns she has twin sister from China

Imagine finding out you had a sibling you didn’t know existed. Then, try to imagine finding out that sibling was actually your twin.

Finally, imagine you were both born in a place nearly nearly 8,000 miles from Michigan and ended up growing up just a few hundred miles away from one another.

The Chosen Ones Vice President Jerry Cook and Assistant Sgt. of Arms Greg Alexander were on hand Wednesday during a public hearing for a special land use permit for their motorcycle club to operate a clubhouse on a parcel in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Special use permit moves forward for biker clubhouse in Montcalm Township

Clad in black leather jackets and roaring in on their high-powered Harley-Davidsons, a swarm of bikers descended upon Montcalm Township Hall on Wednesday evening

The group of well-spoken and polite bikers joined a constructive community discussion during a scheduled Planning Commission public hearing.

From left, Nicole Marsh, Paige Wood and Danish exchange student Nicoline Hansen were some of the many young women who enjoyed the photo booth at the Greenville High School Senior Girls Tea at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville High School senior girls gather for tea

As a graduating senior, Michelle McKormick didn’t know what she wanted to do after high school. She went to Central Michigan University and soon picked a job at the CMU radio station doing traffic reports — on a campus where most kids had bikes.

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Greenville native dies in Florida motorcycle accident

Aric James “AJ” Pitchford may have died young, but his friends and family in Greenville will never forget the bonds he formed, bonds that made it seem as if had he never left home. The 22-year-old died on May 1 when he lost control of his motorcycle while driving in Riviera Beach, Fla.

On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

Approximately 24 community members joined the Greenville Public Schools Community Strategic Planning Session 1 on Thursday to give input into the “core values” the community expects out of the school district. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools host parents for strategic planning

The old African proverb states: It takes a village to raise a child. When it comes down to coming together as a community to raise their children, parents in Greenville take it seriously.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

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Composting is a viable option for Eureka Township residents

With 60 degree temperatures and the sun shining bright, Tuesday was the quintessential spring day … a perfect day for yard work such as mowing, trimming and leaf or brush cleanup. Yet, all that yard waste compiles quickly and many property owners prefer to burn it up. But there are other options.

On Monday, workers on Oak Street were removing a tree from the side of the street as a part of a road repairs and water main replacement project. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Summer-long project closes 2 Greenville streets

When it comes to identifying when the cold has finally officially fled for the year, Michiganders know the tell-tale sign better than anyone in the nation: Road construction. Greenville residents who have been traveling down Baldwin or Oak streets know that construction season has finally began. A portion of both streets have been torn up in the past week as part of a road construction project which will continue for the remainder of the summer.

Land and Resource Engineering Inc. President Todd Olin, right, gave an update on the expansion project to the Greenville Planning Commission, while City Manager George Bosanic and Wade Trim Inc. Senior Project Manager Tim Johnson consulted their notes. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville EZ Mart purchases property to south, aids in expansion

This summer, the owners of the EZ Mart Mobile gas station in Greenville were set for a large expansion project. As of Thursday, their plans have changed. Now they’re going even bigger — at least in terms of property.