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A One Book One County discussion panel took place Thursday evening at the Ash Technology Learning Center in Greenville. Panelists examined the philosophical, moral and theological issues surrounding end of life decisions. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

A matter of life and death

As topics go, they don’t get much heavier than those discussed Thursday evening at the Ash Technology and Learning Center as part of this year’s One Book One County initiative.

This year’s featured book, “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes, deals with Will, a man confined to a wheelchair following an accident and his eventual decision to end his own life.

Volunteer and retired teacher Dan Eagles, left, helped share the philanthropy bug with Lincoln Heights students Layna Gunderson, center, and Carlie Peterman. The two girls recently held a fundraising campaign of their own devising for Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Philanthropy starts early for Lincoln Heights Elementary School students

Some fifth grade girls save up for new bead-making kits, the latest Harry Potter novel or maybe a new outfit for a favorite Barbie doll. But when Lincoln Heights Elementary School students Layna Gunderson and Carlie Peterman recently broke open their piggy banks, the money went to a more serious purpose.

China-based Dicastal North America, Inc. announced today it has chosen Greenville over 35 other United States sites for its first aluminum wheel manufacturing plant outside of China. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, discusses what the move means for the city. Also pictured are Dicastal Director of Business Development Dale Hadel, far left, and The Right Place CEO Birgit Kohls.

Aluminum wheel maker coming to Greenville, bringing 300 new jobs

China-based Dicastal North America Inc., the largest aluminum wheel manufacturer in the world, has reached an agreement with the city of Greenville to take over use of the former United Solar Ovanics (USO) buildings and bring 300 jobs to the area.

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Downtown Greenville facades will see facelifts

Working on behalf of downtown business owners, the city Tuesday accepted more than $200,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) which will be used to give two downtown buildings a facelift. The CDBG grants, which are awarded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), are for $203,100 and will be used for facade improvements to the buildings at 300 and 328 S. Lafayette St.

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Drake was a dedicated community servant

Although Barbara Drake wasn’t born and raised in the Greenville community, you would never have guessed it by her dedication. With Drake’s passing last Thursday, the Greenville community lost a longtime supporter and public servant.

A row of hops line the horizon at Hopyards of Kent in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area hops farm reaping benefits of craft beer craze (PHOTOS)

From buds to beer, there’s no denying the business of craft beer in Michigan has taken off in recent years. For two consecutive years, the nearby metropolitan city of Grand Rapids has been voted “Beer City USA” and as many as 150 breweries are now operating within the state with another 44 brewery licenses currently pending.

Robert Sherrick, who organized the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville’s weekly poker nights, sits in what now is a room full of empty poker tables. Regulations on charity poker rooms by the Michigan Gaming Control Board means the legion must cease hosting charity poker events, or at least profiting from them. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Sweeping regulations shut down small-scale charity poker rooms

Last July, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a bevy of new regulations on charity poker rooms as the result of an investigation that found several large-scale operations were illegally diverting money away from charities.

About two dozen runners braved chilly temperatures Thursday to make the 5K trek through downtown Greenville and along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. Funds raised from the event go to Special Olympics Area 6, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Law Enforcement Torch Run cheered on by Special Olympic athletes

With a brightly lit torch leading the way on a cold and cloudy Thursday, runners of the third Law Enforcement Community Torch Run made their way through downtown Greenville to help raise money for Special Olympics.

Law enforcement communities across the state of Michigan are organizing torch runs, which serve as one of multiple fundraisers law enforcement and Special Olympics have teamed up for.

Administrators for United Way Montcalm-Ionia had plenty of information available for those who stopped by a free barbecue Wednesday at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

United Way Ionia/Montcalm kicks off fundraising efforts with barbecue

The weather was uncooperative but spirits were high at a kickoff barbecue held Wednesday afternoon for organizers and volunteers of this year’s United Way fundraising effort in Montcalm and Ionia counties at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.