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Members of the Greenville City Council discuss the status of the Greenville Transportation System during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville council secures funding for transit building

A new five-year master agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now in the books, part of an effort to secure grant funding for the future. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the new plan with MDOT, which, according to City Manager George Bosanic, serves as a larger umbrella under which yearly grant request are submitted.

From right, Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Kateri Mills, Belding’s Astrid Aarestrup, Sparta’s Vanessa Hulbert and Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach finish in a line from second to fifth during the Redskins’ cross country meet at Lightning Bend Park Wednesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding, Lakeview fall in shortened cross country meet

The heat index was 102 degrees when Belding and Lakeview met Sparta and Grand Rapids West Catholic in a cross country meet Wednesday.

That was the reason the meet was shortened from 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to 3,200 meters (two miles).

Greenville’s Noah Day serves as tennis doubles teammate Jeremy Stowitts looks on during Greenville’s match with Cedar Springs. Day and Stowitts were able to get the team’s only point, as Greenville lost 7-1 during Wednesday’s matches at Greenville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Despite being short-handed, Greenville tennis team stays focused, keeps fighting

Jeremy Stowitts and Noah Gager know that every match they play is going to be a unique challenge, because they’ll be behind as soon as they step on the court.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys tennis team is four players short of a full roster, which means they automatically lose two points overall to a team with a full roster of 12 players.

Belding Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft of Belding with the Good Neighbor Award on Tuesday for his tireless work in constructing a Vietnam War Memorial. The second phase of the memorial was dedicated in a ceremony Friday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Craycraft receives Good Neighbor award

Just a few days after the second phase of a six phase Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated, the monument’s mastermind was given the Belding Good Neighbor award. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft with the award during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD approves hires and resignations

The new school year is underway for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and the board of education is approving lots of new hires.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 8, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Belding school board begins mascot discussion

Discussions about the Belding Redskins mascot have officially started within the community.

Valerie Dawdy teaches summer-long free yoga in the park classes at Central Riverside Park in Belding, a program which wrapped up for the summer on Friday. She also offers group fitness classes at Ellis Elementary in Belding and at her farm on Ostrum Road. — Courtesy photo/Valerie Dawdy

SHE: Uniting mind, body and spirit through group fitness

If going to the gym is intimidating but staying fit is still a priority, there are local options.

The Central Montcalm volleyball team does a celebration dance after scoring a win against CSAA-Gold rival Tri County during a head-to-head conference match-up in Tri County Tuesday. An experienced Green Hornets team outlasted an up-and-coming Vikings team three games to none. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

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Greenville city attorney retires after four decades

After a long and storied career within this city, Jim Mullendore is now spending his first week in retirement with a question he’s rarely had to ask himself before.

“What do I spend my time on now?” he said with a chuckle, looking back on a law career that has spanned 41 years with Greenville.

Mullendore, 70, officially retired as city attorney, as well as from his own private law office in town, on Aug. 31.