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The owner of the historic Greenville Furniture building at 400 S. Lafayette St. is hoping that an amendment to the zoning district in which his building is located will allow for second-story apartments to be constructed in the unit. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Greenville’s historic furniture building may house second-story apartments

Renovations being done on the historic former Greenville Furniture building are coming to a temporary halt.

The Montcalm County PLUS Secretary of State office, located at 701 S. Greenville West Drive in Greenville, will be closed Monday through Friday for a remodeling project. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Greenville Secretary of State office remodeled

Montcalm County’s Secretary of State office will be undergoing interior remodeling next week, providing improvements to customers and staff members.

Kindergarten students in Lina Ma’s class at Walnut Hills Elementary School play a game while speaking Mandarin in order to increase their understanding of the language. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Walnut Hills students immersed in Chinese language program

Walnut Hills is one of four elementary schools in Greenville, and from the outside, it looks the same as the other schools in town.

The first hint that anything might be different comes when an observer looks at the lockers of kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. The lockers have name tags on them with names written in English, and below that, with Chinese characters.

Trucks traverse along M-57 in Greenville on Thursday afternoon at the intersection with M-91, two highways in Montcalm County that feature heavy industrial traffic. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Survey of local manufacturers to aid transportation needs

Not surprisingly, there is no shipping channel from Baldwin Lake to the shores of Lake Michigan, and The Flat River will never be wide or deep enough for industrial transportation.

Railways in Greenville once served as a beacon of industrial movement, but that time has passed, and they have since been converted into recreational trailways.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Planning Commission recommends rezoning

The Greenville Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to grant a request to rezone three vacant parcels of property from Residential to C-2 (Commercial).

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Transportation Committee approves survey

Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve of a survey to receive input on manufacturing transportation needs within Montcalm County.

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Lyons man airlifted to hospital after suspected drunken driving crash

A Lyons man was airlifted to a hospital Friday afternoon after a suspected drunken driving accident.

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ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

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Flowers coming to downtown Greenville this summer

The Lafayette Street planter boxes may be barren as of now, but a plan is officially in place to spruce up Greenville’s downtown district. Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed this month a plan to put both temporary and long-term plans in place for the flower planter boxes located on each side of the street.