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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.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

Greenville City Councilman Lloyd Scoby and City Manager George Bosanic joined in a discussion on the merits and pitfalls of Proposal 1 during the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville city officials weigh in on Proposal 1

As the deadline for understanding Proposal 1 creeps closer, more and more institutions are discussing the matter in an effort to understand both the merits and pitfalls of the ballot proposal. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Greenville City Council weighed in on the impacts of Michigan Ballot Proposal 15-1, or simply Proposal 1, which will go before voters on May 5.

The Star-Wars themed Run-2-Bike-2 (R2B2) Duathlon event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Greenville Community Center. — Courtesy/Tri-Greenville Committee

R2B2 Duathlon features Jedis and Siths, helps food pantries

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away there was an event which brought peace. That event was the R2B2 Duathlon.

A Montcalm County resident asks a question during an informational forum on Monday at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Proposal 1 forum tries to shed light on May 5 decision

Although May 5 is less than two weeks away, voters who plan on weighing in on Proposal 1 may need all of that time to become completely aware of all the implications in the statewide ballot proposal. Pennies to dollars, there will be some questions voters have on the complicated language of the proposal after giving it a thorough read.

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council talks Proposal 1, Star Wars

Proposal 1 and Yoda were on the collective mind of the Greenville City Council on Tuesday.