The Greenville High School jazz band performs during the Collage Concert. Three times a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m., 35 students gather with Greenville High School jazz band director Jeff Ayres, a full hour before the bell even rings to signal the start of school.

GHS jazz band traveling to St. Louis, performing in regional jazz competition

On the Mount Rushmore of jazz music legends, a space will surely be forever reserved for the master of swing, Duke Ellington. One of the most influential musicians of his time, Ellington’s impression on the culture of early 20th century jazz had no bounds, spreading from coast to coast across America.

From left, Kelly Roney DECA advisor, Devin Fike, Drew Gatchel, Kyleigh Platt, Logan MacMilllen, Danielle Mahar, Olivia Sowerby, Linsie Thorlund and Kinsey Golden. The students are headed to Nashville to compete in a DECA international conference. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville DECA students headed to Nashville for conference

Eight Greenville High School students will be heading to Nashville, Tenn., to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference. The students who will be competing are Devin Fike, 16, Drew Gatchel, 17, Kyleigh Platt, 18, Logan MacMillen, 18, Danielle Mahar, 18, Olivia Sowerby, 17, Linsie Thorlund, 17, and Kinsey Golden, 18.

A number of roads throughout Montcalm County were temporarily closed Thursday after branches and downed power lines blocked travel due to an overnight storm that left a layer of ice throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thousands lose power after icy winter storm

More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.

Members of Greenville High School’s Village Green Singers perform “Don’t Stop” during the 27th annual Collage Concert at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School Collage Concert (PHOTO GALLERY)

Greenville High School’s 27th annual Collage Concert at the Performing Arts Center took place Tuesday evening.


MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?

Greenville City Councilman Larry Moss reads a prepared statement Tuesday evening regarding his frustration with the placement of a dumpster near the First Congregational Church during the Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Dumpster causes rift in councilman’s support of Danish Festival activities

A “stinky dumpster” is apparently holding up unanimous support for all things Danish on the Greenville City Council. The council voted Tuesday evening to approve the closing of E. Cass Street, from N. Lafayette to S. Clay streets, from 5 p.m. July 14 until 11:30 a.m. July 15 for the annual Danish Festival Open Air Breakfast.

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Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Mike Walsh talked to the school board Monday about different ways the school is working to improve and how the staff is adapting to changing testing requirements, namely the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).

Greenville school board learns about peer-to-peer outreach

Middle school students in Greenville are reaching out to peers with special needs in order to offer support and to help such students conquer the barriers they face. Two students enrolled in the peer-to-peer outreach classes, Cassandra Kleck, 12, and Luke Swanson, 13, presented to the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education during Monday evening’s meeting. Kleck and Swanson have been part of the program, which pairs participating students with different students who are dealing with disabilities, since before it was officially a class.


IN BRIEF: Greenville purchases new printers for city departments

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to purchase new printers to be placed at various city department buildings.

Meijer plans to remodel its Greenville store, located at 606 S. Greenville W Dr., as part of a $400 million investment that will see 32 total stores remodeled as well as nine new stores opened. The Greenville location opened in 2001. Areas such as the pharmacy are expected to become less congested in the future with shorter lines after a remodel occurs this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Extensive renovations coming to Greenville’s Meijer store

Anyone who has ever picked up a prescription at the Meijer store pharmacy on Greenville West Drive knows there’s room for improvement. Long lines are the norm, rather than the exception.