Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for city skate park to replace the aging tennis courts and inline hockey rink of Veterans Memorial Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council wants mobile skate park, needs matching funds

On Tuesday, Greenville City Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe received something she has been waiting for nearly a quarter of a century. A skate park. After opening and closing a public hearing, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trust Fund grant to construct an official city skate park.

Beating back the smoke, Montcalm Township Fire Department firefighters ensure the flames from a grass and shed fire Wednesday afternoon off of a South Satterlee are completely out. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township grass fire spreads throughout property, burns shed

Leaping into the Montcalm County Fire Department’s grass fire truck at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson headed out to extinguish a small grass fire. He thought it would be a quick and simple job. However, when he arrived on scene at 2423 S. Satterlee Road, a different scenario was unfolding.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Horse killed, Amish man hurt in buggy collision with pickup

An Amish man was injured and his horse killed when his buggy collided with a pickup truck this morning. Deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a crash, which occurred on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township between Spencer and Pakes roads at approximately 7:29 a.m.


JUST IN: Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission discusses circuit court, sobriety

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission discussed a breach of contract issue as well as a sobriety group home during its Wednesday night meeting. Eureka Charter Township Supervisor Rod Roy gave an update on a property on M-57 which was under a contract with the township to reclaim the land. Roy stated [...]

This large culvert opened up between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, effectively closing Podunk Avenue between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads until at least mid-summer, according to the Kent County Road Commission. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Culvert collapses, closes Podunk Ave. for months

The spring thaw came hard and strong, opening up gaping pot holes across the road ways of Michigan. Over on Podunk Avenue in Oakfield Township, a particularly large pot hole opened up.

Greenville Planning Commission discussed the methods to rezone the parcel of the EZ Mart Mobil gas station in Greenville for a future expansion project. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

EZ Mart Mobil site faces a number of issues before expansion can take place

Zoning ordinances can be an effective tool to plan a city. Yet, oftentimes they must be revisited in order to allow the city to evolve at a natural rate. The EZ Mart Mobil gas station, owned by Blarney Castle Oil, is looking to upgrade its site. Located on the corner of Clay and Washington Streets in Greenville, the gas station is planning to expand the store from 835 square feet to 4,730 square feet, increase the number of gas pumps from four to eight as well as a few other significant site changes.

Diane Hansen is the new director for the Community Hope Counseling Center. She has worked at the center for the past five years as a fully licensed counselor and is the former director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Courtesy photo

Community Hope Counseling Center appoints new director

Newly appointed director for the Community Hope Counseling Center Diane Hansen believes in helping people. Throughout her time counseling at Community Hope, she has always advocated for patient care and raising emotional health awareness. As director, she is looking forward to increasing the center’s presence in the community and connecting more people with counselors able to help them.

Greenville Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph and Vice Chairman Mike Gustin reviewed the final site plan of the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Planning Commission reviews Hathaway PUD details

If nothing else, the Greenville Planning Commission is detail-oriented and proud of it.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the final site plan for the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD). The review is one of the last steps Hathaway must take before it begins construction on the apartments.

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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.