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Shea Wagner, 14, plays “Taps,” accompanied by Michael Huckleberry, during an assembly to honor veterans at Greenville Middle School on Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School honors veterans at annual assembly

Excitement and gratitude charged the air in the Greenville Middle School gymnasium Friday morning. The school hosted veterans and family members for its annual Veterans Day assembly. The choir and eighth grade band played patriotic songs, the student council addressed veterans and students and three winners of an essay competition read their winning essays, which were themed “The America I Believe In.”

Greenville Tool & Die President Larry Caverley, right, goes over statistics with Ben Wood of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, center, and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Pontiac, left, during a tour of the company Thursday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Gary Peters takes manufacturing tour of Greenville Tool & Die

Touring a factory floor, greeting employees and asking questions of management, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters received an up-close look at manufacturing in Montcalm County. Peters, D-Pontiac, made several stops during a visit to West Michigan, including a stop at Greenville Tool & Die on Thursday.

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Holiday Pops tickets go on sale Monday

Of all the signs that the holiday season has officially begun, the most impressive and musically pleasing may be when the Grand Rapids Symphony comes to town.

Members of the Heether family were in attendance at the dedication. James Heether Jr. was one of the Belding residents who died in Vietnam and he has one of 12 pillars dedicated to him, which were unveiled at Friday evening’s war memorial dedication. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Vietnam War memorial one step closer to completion

The next phase of the Belding war memorial Denny Craycraft and committee members are working to bring to fruition is complete. Craycraft, along with members of the committee, hosted a dedication ceremony at the site of the memorial Friday evening. The memorial is being constructed near the Pere Marquette Depot on Bridge and Depot Streets.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Craig Jones is shown left with Jim Ryan when they finally met face to face at a friend’s home in Jenison. The two connected while the former principal and mentor shared his memories of Danny Jones with a nephew who always had a strong emotional tie to the uncle he never met. — Courtesy photo

Memory of Vietnam Marine from Greenville spans more than 50 years and 1,000 miles

It all started with a phone call from a former Greenville High School principal seeking the family of a former student.

Greenville’s Logan Sharp, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Northwood University baseball, watched by Greenville varsity baseball coach Corey Kohler, bottom left, his father, Richard Jr., top left, and his mother, Leslie. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Logan Sharp to play baseball at Northwood University

  GREENVILLE — Greenville senior Logan Sharp will be playing baseball beyond next season. Sharp signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Northwood University in 2018. “It was a great fit, academically, for me and also they have a good program up there and I really enjoyed the coaches,” Sharp said. Sharp was [...]

Greenville Downtown Development Authority member Jim Hopkins, left, and Greenville City Clerk/Treasurer Norice Rasmussen, right, look at potential designs of interpretive signs to be placed in downtown Greenville, as Flat River Museum and Greenville Historical Society President Keith Hudson, top, describes the images during Tuesday’s DDA meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Interpretive signs to be located centrally in downtown Greenville

This community’s first electrical lights? Installed in 1888. The first brick laid on Lafayette Street? Placed in 1910.

Lloyd McMaster, left, of Elsie, arm wrestles with Danny Picola of LeRoy during an amateur match at the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament at The Horse’s Mouth in Belding Saturday. McMaster, who participated in the tournament with his brother, Steve McMaster (pictured in back with a hat), of Belding, hadn’t arm wrestled in nine years. Picola, who won the match, had broken his right arm in an arm wrestling match years ago, and learned to arm wrestling left-handed. He now arm wrestles with both. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Arm wrestling event draws 30 pullers to Belding

An estimated 30 people competed in a Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament Saturday at The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, which continues to expand ways to entertain its patrons and the community.

Greenville senior Paige Hallock, bottom right, signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Valley State University, while watching are Greenville girls varsity basketball coach Eric Nichols, bottom left, Hallock’s father, Tom, top left, and mother, Beth. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Paige Hallock to play basketball at Grand Valley State University

In the spring, Greenville senior Paige Hallock tweeted she gave a verbal commitment to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) women’s basketball program.

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Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.