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JUST IN: Property owner ordered to demolish unsafe building

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — Following a special hearing on Wednesday, a property owner is facing an order to tear down a building in Oakfield Township. Township officials gave notice to Bob Cusak that his mobile home, located at 10460 Perch Lane, is a “dangerous and unsafe building in violation of the housing law of Michigan.” During [...]

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Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) West Central Michigan Regional President Scott Crosby helped the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education review superintendent interview protocols during a special meeting on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board sets superintendent interview rules

If anything can be said about the ongoing search for a superintendent at Greenville Public Schools, it’s that the school board is leaving no stone unturned.

During a special meeting on Monday, the board discussed several aspects of the interview process with Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) West Central Michigan Regional President Scott Crosby.

This year’s Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, Prince Zack Cameron, Miss Danish Festival Brianna Van Houten and Princess Courtney Havens; back row, Jr. Miss First Runner-up Alison Skogseth, Jr. Miss Danish Festival Kenadee Ferguson, Miss Danish Festival Second Runner-up Abigail Donnelly, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Shelby Klinert, Young Miss Mariah Meier and Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Danish Festival is ‘dream come true’ for Greenville teen

Brianna Van Houten began competing in pageants when she was 9 years old, half of the now-18-year-old’s life. Her goal was to someday be Miss Danish Festival.

That determination paid off Saturday night, as the Greenville teenager was crowned.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

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Greenville DDA still struggling to market The Market

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been trying to troubleshoot a problem with The Market since early summer.

During Tuesday’s meeting, DDA members discussed the issue at length. Although there has been signage on roadways, spots on the radio and articles in The Daily News, the DDA is still having trouble not only attracting customers, but vendors as well.

During Monday’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted to extend the date of Director of Finance John Gilchrist and Chief Academic Officer Michelle Blaszczynski as acting co-superintendents until Oct. 12. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board sets superintendent search dates

Although they were hoping for a quick process, the search for a new leader at Greenville Public Schools has found its own form of krpytonite: Time and procedure.

During Monday’s meeting, the school board outlined the time frame for the superintendent search in which the school board will discuss interview processes, collect and screen applications and conduct interviews.

Representatives of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and United States Department of Agriculture  Rural Development met with Mike and Linda Huckleberry to discuss grant and loans available for building renovations at Huckleberry’s in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

12 Greenville businesses evaluated for possible grant funding

The prospect of “free” money is making many downtown Greenville property owners look a little closer at some big projects. On Friday, representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) did a walk-through of 12 downtown businesses. They were evaluating potential projects which could utilize state and federal grant and loan dollars.

Greenville High School class of 1995 Jon Coles is now the Associate Athletic Director at Ferris State University. — Courtesy photo

GHS class of 1995 prepares for reunion, remembers high school fondly

The year was 1995. The economy was up while employment was down. World opinion of the United States was still (relatively) positive. Bill Clinton was president while John Engler ran Michigan, each with their own sets of supporters and critics.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

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Residents voice approval of Forest Hills assessment

Practicing democracy is more than just reading the local newspaper or visiting the polling station to cast a vote during election season or hanging a flag on the Fourth of July to demonstrate patriotism. Practicing democracy is actively engaging, questioning and holding elected leaders accountable, something which is oft spoken of but rarely acted upon.