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IN BRIEF: Greenville Planning Commission listens to two special land use requests

The Greenville Planning Commission did not have enough members for quorum Thursday evening, but members did listen to two requests for special land use.

Grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will upgrade the facades of six downtown buildings in Greenville, such as the building owned by Jim Hopkins (Boost Mobile) at 226 S. Lafayette St., similar to the upgrades at Beamers Tanning & More (right) that occurred last year.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

6 downtown Greenville building owners to receive facade funding

One year ago, two downtown buildings on S. Lafayette Street underwent a tremendous transformation, restored to their original historic designs and colors schemes. This year, the downtown district will undergo a similar change, but on a larger scale, as six more building owners will receive funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 13

Greenville sweeps CM: The host Hornets struggled against the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday. Greeenville won 15-1 in game one and 7-3 in game two. Jared Vinton earned the win going five innings, allowing one run, two hits with six strikeouts. Brockton Kohler went 4-for-5, while Vinton and Logan Sharp had three hits each. Brandon Braman took the game one loss…

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

Two fuel tanks located at the site of the former Carnation building in Sheridan must be removed before further development of the property can move forward. A similar tank was removed earlier and showed no indication of soil or groundwater contamination. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Fuel tank removal among final stages of Carnation building demo

Two large subterranean tanks containing fuel oil located at the former site of the Carnation building will have to be dug up before the property can be further developed or sold. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Sheridan Village Council, council members discussed how best to address the problem.

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IN BRIEF: Data collection proving to be valuable tool for area educators

The benefits of data collection as it applies to students in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) was a topic discussed at length during Thursday morning’s regular board of education meeting.

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Funeral Notices for April 14, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 14, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township becomes fiduciary for lake board

In a unanimous decision Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board voted to make the township the official fiduciary for the Duck Lake Improvement Board.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education discuss Monday the potential of implementing a balanced calendar at the school district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal school board discusses possible balanced calendar

In an effort to keep summer tourism flowing in Michigan, former Gov. John Engler took a stand 17 years ago when he signed a law extending Labor Day weekend into a four-day school holiday. Seven years later, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm followed suit and signed legislation aimed to help the tourism industry by requiring schools to begin the school year after Labor Day.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education members discuss the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville board focuses on creating academic achievement environment

Standardized testing has become an established part of public education. It’s used to gauge students academically and to gauge the efficacy of teachers. One such tool is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP).