JUST IN: Greenville man found dead along road, foul play not expected

A Greenville man was found along the side of the road Monday afternoon, but foul play is not expected.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3000 block of West County Farm Road around 4 p.m. after a body was reported lying in the ditch alongside the road.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.


The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

Greenville High School senior Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, 18, left, and fellow transgender student, freshman Alexander Rush, 15, share a conversation in the senior commons at Greenville High School during after-school hours. Top left, members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Greenville High School meet weekly to share both positive and negative experiences in relation to their daily lives, as well as to discuss issues pertaining to acceptance among their peers. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political battles over transgender issues hit close to home for local teens

High school is a difficult time in life to navigate. Teenagers are faced with a perfect storm of volatile emotions and a struggle toward self-identity that can make even getting through the day a difficult task. For transgender students, this struggle is compounded until it can seem completely out of control.

Greenville Mayor and Downtown Development Authority member John Hoppough, left, speaks on the subject of hiring a certified grant administrator Tuesday as DDA members David Ralph, center, and Jim Hopkins, right, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA picks facade grant admin

In weighing three options for the selection of certified grant administrator, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority came to a decision Tuesday. In anticipation of approval for six downtown building projects on S. Lafayette Street that have applied for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the DDA voted unanimously to select Revitalize LLC of Mason at a cost of $35,000.

Bree Town, 12, of Greenville, laughs in excitement and to applause after one of her paintings sells for more than $200 Tuesday at the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bree is in remission after battling acute myeloid leukemia and has been recognized as the 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year

There are those who wear their strength on the surface, who look fear straight in the face without backing down and rise above whatever conflict may be at hand. There are those who battle their demons from within, overcoming obstacles that may be hidden to the outsider, overcoming tests and challenges that remain unaware to observers.

The Veterans Park water tower in Greenville will see the addition of more equipment located atop the tower after the Greenville City Council approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville to lease water tower space to Verizon Wireless

When looking for prime real estate, look no further than the top of the nearest water tower. That concept may not sound appealing to a prospective homeowner, but for phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it’s a coveted location that proves valuable for boosting area wireless signal coverage.

Bill Braman

Bill Braman fund donates $50,000 to Greenville community center

The generous spirit of the late Bill Braman continues to live on, most recently through a donation from his endowment fund to the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously accepted a gift in the amount of $50,000 with the intention to enhance the community center.


Walk, run or ride for Alpha Family Center

The Alpha Family Center of Greenville has been a resource in the community for 20 years and since its start, has hosted a fundraising walk event. Over the years, a 5K run and a bike ride have been included.

Karen Marsman is the executive director of Alpha Family Center and says this year’s event, which is set for Saturday, is special due to reaching the 20-year mark.


Spin the Spokes benefits Habitat for Humanity

As part of its 25 year anniversary celebration, Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity will host its sixth annual Spin the Spokes for Habitat — Tour de 2×4 fundraiser bike ride at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Riders will start behind Greenville Middle School and choose from an eight-mile route on the scenic Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in Greenville, or a 25-, 36- or 50-mile route on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail between Greenville and Edmore. Rest areas, snacks, water and aid stations will be available along the way.