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Maureen Burns, pictured at the 2014 One Book One County kickoff event, has stepped down after nurturing the program for 10 years. — File photo

A decade of shared reading with One Book One County comes to a close

For the past 10 years, readers across Montcalm County have each summer shared a common experience: One Book One County. It works like this: Each year the One Book committee chooses a book that is read countywide, discussed in book clubs and used as a focal point for other community activities. Typically, the season ends with a visit from the author or another person affiliated in some way with the book.

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57 Brew Pub reopens after fire

Beer buffs, nerds and geeks in Greenville have been suffering a case of anxiety since last Friday. However, hopheads and dark devotees can set their worries aside. The 57 Brew Pub and Bistro reopened at 11 a.m. today.

NCG Cinema in Greenville will be showcasing its Sensory Friendly Showings one Saturday a month for the foreseeable future. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville theater offers movie showings to special needs kids

Getting a child to sit through an entire two-hour movie at the theater is difficult … some might say impossible. Sometimes that goes double for children with special needs.

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VIDEO: Greenville residence is a “total loss” after Thursday fire

A residence in downtown Greenville is a “total loss” after an upstairs fire spread through several rooms and consumed the majority of the home Thursday evening.

On Wednesday morning, a deer ran into the side of a Greenville Public Schools bus, causing minor damage to the bus and minor injuries to a Walnut Hills Elementary School student. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Deer hits Greenville school bus, student receives minor injuries

A local cervid decided the students of Walnut Hills Elementary School were in for an early surprise Wednesday morning. At around 8 a.m., a Michigan white-tailed deer ran into the side of a Greenville Public Schools bus near the intersection of South Lake and Fuller roads. According to Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, the deer jumped directly into the side of the bus as it was driving down the road.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

On Thursday, the Greenville Planning Commission discussed closing the eastern driveway at the EZ Mart Mobil gas station as part of its site plan for an expanded gas station and convenience store. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville EZ Mart plan reviewed by Planning Commission

No one can say the Greenville Planning Commission was not in the zone during Thursday night’s meeting. During the meeting, the Planning Commission discussed how to feasibly make an expansion request by the EZ Mart Mobil gas station fit the zoning standards of the city.

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Two mobile homes in Montcalm Township destroyed after burn barrel fire rekindles Saturday

A rekindling of a “burn barrel” fire may be to blame for a blaze Saturday that spread to two neighboring mobile homes.

Baldwin Heights Elementary School Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker is committed to fostering reading in students which accounts for her  2015 Michigan Reading Association Teacher Educator K-6 Award. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Baldwin Heights teacher selected for Michigan Reading Association Award

If there is one word that describes Sarah Shoemaker it is humble — even after she was selected as one of the top educators in the state. Shoemaker was recently selected to receive the 2015 Michigan Reading Association (MRA) Teacher Educator K-6 Award.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”