Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Janet Ralph, left, and newly appointed Superintendent Linda Van Houten discuss the district’s strategic plan during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville’s new superintendent is already busy

When starting a new job, sometimes it’s challenging to hit the ground running.

Yet, newly-signed Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten is doing just that.

Michigan State Police Trooper Roger Hunt discusses the consequences of impaired driving with Greenville High School freshmen Cameron Heppe, Will Enbody and Lonnie Gibbons during the Project Save Our Children program. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville students experience impaired driving simulation

Driving is one of the fundamental rites of passage for any U.S. teenager. However, driving is a great responsibility, guided by choices behind the wheel. A wrong choice can have severe repercussions.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place for Montcalm County, gives a report to the Greenville City Council during its Tuesday meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Kathy Jo VanderLaan gives The Right Place report to Greenville City Council

Sometimes life is all about being in the right place at the right time. When it comes to economic stimulation, Montcalm County has someone who is in the right place all the time: Kathy Jo VanderLaan. She is Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place Inc.

Greenville resident Peter Ralph casts his votes Tuesday for two open seats on the Greenville City Council.

Moss and Warner elected to the Greenville City Council

Voters elected an incumbent and a newcomer to the Greenville City Council on Tuesday.

Councilman Larry Moss received 265 votes to retain his seat while Sylvia Warner came in close behind with 262 votes to earn a seat.

They easily bested their fellow challengers — attorney Kathleen Dunne who received 74 votes and former Belding city manager Meg Mullendore who received 53 votes. Moss has been on the Greenville City Council since 2008 and works as an English and communications instructor at Montcalm Community College. He campaigned with the goal to understand what will bring young adults back to Greenville. He wants to make the city more attractive to millennials, the newest generation entering the workforce, starting families and looking for a place to settle. “It makes me feel honored and humbled to have the support of the citizens of Greenville and to be able to go back to work to serve the community,” Moss said. “I know we got our word out and talked to a lot of people and got the message out about what we wanted to do and the people responded and I’m pleased. I’m thrilled to be able to get back to work for the people of Greenville.”

After writing her signature, Greenville Public Schools Board of Education President Janet Ralph hands the contract to Linda VanHouten to officially sign on as the new superintendent of the school district. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville board OKs VanHouten contract

The search for a new Greenville Public Schools superintendent is officially over. Linda VanHouten has taken her place as superintendent of the district. The Greenville Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the contract for VanHouten’s new position during a special meeting on Monday night.

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JUST IN: Moss, Warner elected to Greenville City Council

An incumbent and a newcomer were elected to the Greenville City Council today.

Councilman Larry Moss received 265 votes to retain his seat while Sylvia Warner came in close behind with 262 votes to earn a seat.

Natasha Bishop of Greenville, who has worked six months at Clarion Technologies, works on parts designed for a Whirlpool refrigerator. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Made in Our Own Backyard: Clarion Technologies

Adam Brown has shuffled his career between multiple manufacturing jobs. Working as a machine operator, he’s always held out hope that he would finally land a job where he could return home feeling valued.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer Aryc Mosher educated Greenville High School students on the Guinea worm during a Monday presentation. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville native working to eradicate the parasitic Guinea worm

Imagine looking down and seeing a 4-foot, pale white worm come squirming out of the skin of your calf. It is an image of which nightmares are made. Aryc Mosher is intimately familiar with this squirming terror. Mosher does not work on the set of a Hollywood horror movie but deals with a real-life monster known as the Guinea worm.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.

Several establishing shots for the independent film, “Project Zemph,” were filmed in Greenville. Pictured here at work on the set are, from left, K. Charles Wight, Bobby McElgunn, Nick J. Brower and Tyler Shane Seeley. — Courtesy photo

Movie filmed in Greenville to debut in Grand Rapids

What’s real and what’s only the product of imagination? How much of our experience can we trust? How much is embellished by the amber lens of time?

These are questions examined, and to some degree answered, in the upcoming film by Grand Rapids-based director Tyler Shane Seeley, “Project Zemph.”