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Mollie Hollar, a member of Purls of West Michigan, works on her knitting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Purls of West Michigan knit 100-plus hats and mittens (PHOTOS)

As Dan Eagles stared down at the dozens of knitted hats and mittens laid out before him Wednesday, he reached forward, picked up a small, pink hat and gave it a closer look. “This … I can see this hat going to a little girl to use out on the playground,” he said with a smile.

Posing by the Greenville Walmart’s Angel Tree with the toys and winter gear they bought to donate are Daisy Troop 4653 members, front from left, Taylor Barczak, 6; Makenzie Telder, 6; Emily Rees, 6; Breezi Corwin, 8; and Eliana Stek, 7, and back from left, Charlee Henrickson, 6; Penny Harrison, 6; Kendal Eckholm, 7; Amber Pentoney, 6. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Daisies shop for Christmas gifts

Nine Girl Scout Daisies from Greenville Girl Scout Troop 4653 wandered down the toy aisles at Greenville Walmart on Sunday. The girls weren’t shopping for themselves. They took the money they earned during a can drive and used it to help other children have a merry Christmas.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at left, assists Kay Westergaard and Reynolds Township Clerk Robin Sholty as they try to determine whether a bin containing presidential election ballots was properly sealed. The women were among 30 volunteers assisting in a presidential recount Wednesday at the former Stanton elementary school building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes presidential election ballot recount

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.


IN BRIEF: MAISD approves new hire, a donation

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) approved some new hires Thursday morning.
The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) approved some new hires Thursday morning.

During a regular meeting, the board approved the hires of Allen Demorest, a special education para educator.

Attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids, who was hired by the city of Greenville on Tuesday evening, speaks to members of the City Council. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for city prosecutor

After interviewing and evaluating four candidates for city prosecution services, the Greenville City Council came to a unanimous decision Tuesday. The council voted to hire attorney Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids to a three-year contract at an annual rate not to exceed $39,000.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 8. 2016

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Terry Hankis of Gowen takes a moment to reflect on the many medals his late father, Forrest Hankis, received upon fighting as an airborne infantryman in World War II. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville World War II veteran flew into battle on Greenville-made glider

Standing on the shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Terry Hankis bent down, reached out and collected a handful of sand.

As the grains softly poured through his fingers and returned to the beach, he made sure to collect just enough to place into a commemorative jar.

It was at that moment the Gowen man felt the closest he had been to his father since his father had died in 1971.

Pictured from left are Zachary Peacock, 13, Alison Skogseth, 12, Annette Fare, 11, Ashtyn Lutterloh, and Jacy Ingles, 14. Nearly each of these students raised the most money in their grades. Fare won free pizza for a year from Flo’s Pizzeria in Greenville as a reward for participating in the fundraiser. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School students collect nearly $4,500 in fundraiser

The kindness raise craze fundraiser at Greenville Middle School has come to an end, but the giving spirit still lingers.

Thirty-four students out of 920 students in the school participated, raising nearly $4,500 in donations for completing kind acts and acts of community service in the Greenville area.


IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts city prosecution services

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to retain services for city prosecution with Thomas Siver of Grand Rapids.

Siver was one of four attorneys to submit bids for the job, also including Thomas Ginster, Michael Lyons, and Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause.

Luke Hevel, owner of Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, works on the 2004 Ford Focus and Stanton NAPA Auto Parts’ old delivery vehicle to be ready to give away to a local family. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

One-time NAPA delivery car to help local family

A former delivery car for NAPA Auto Parts in Stanton is getting a second chance and helping a local family. NAPA was planning on scrapping the 2004 Ford Focus after the timing belt broke earlier this year, but Store Manager Kimberlie Rivett and her husband Mike Rivett, a mechanic at Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, had an idea to help someone in the community and “pay it forward.”