UPDATED: 1 injured after trailer explodes in Langston

One person was injured after a camper trailer exploded in Langston Monday morning.


Oct. 28 is write-in deadline for November election

Anyone wishing to run for an elected position for county, city, township or village races in November’s general election can still do so as a write-in. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at your local county clerk’s office. Candidates must file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, which can be obtained from a county clerk’s office.


After cancer treatments, survivors face new challenges

Jodie Faber of Greenville and Kelli Weeks of Ionia have both battled — and defeated — breast cancer. They now are looking at a different kind of battle: Survivorship.

Samantha Russel, 17, shown here sitting in the senior commons of Greenville High School, is excited to go on to college and is driven to succeed wherever she goes next. She is a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville student a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Samantha Russel seems like an ordinary student. She’s funny, friendly and talkative. She’s involved in extracurriculars, including being the president of the National Honors Society and playing in the percussion section of the band. But she’s added an extraordinary accomplishment as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program — the first Greenville High School student to boast that achievement since the early 2000s.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to an accident around 3:30 p.m. Friday at W. Carson City Road and S. Hillcrest Street.

JUST IN: Friday afternoon crash leaves at least 2 injured

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, a black Nissan Altima and a High Grade Materials truck hauling two trailers collided on the corner of Hillcrest and Washington Streets.

Sage Salvador Juarez

Greenville teenager found dead Thursday night

A teenager died Thursday night at a Greenville residence.

Sage Salvador Juarez, 17, was found unresponsive at 9:06 p.m.

Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.

HatRack coordinator Caryl Wood straightens hats and wigs during the shop’s business hours, Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are also available if visitors are unable to go in on Monday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Women’s Action Network works to improve lives in community

Every third Monday of the month, a group of dedicated women gather in a meeting room of the Winter Inn in Greenville. They come together to talk, to network and to hear a presentation from different speakers before enjoying a dinner together. The group of women is the Women’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County and is dedicated to supporting women in the professional world and economy of the local community.

Amy and Joe Hanson (pseudonyms used for the couple’s protection) wanted their photograph to be taken next to a cross to “thank the man above” for helping them get out of homelessness. The couple was homeless for years before finding stable housing in Greenville through Montcalm and Ionia county services. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

California couple overcomes homeless situation in Michigan

When Joe and Amy Hanson (not their real names) moved from California to Michigan, they didn’t have jobs lined up or a place to live. In fact, they were homeless.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.