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OUR VIEW: Paying attention in Montcalm County

Montcalm County officials have been trying to alert residents to a county budget predicament for a number of years.

They finally have the people’s attention.

Greenville High School senior Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, 18, left, and fellow transgender student, freshman Alexander Rush, 15, share a conversation in the senior commons at Greenville High School during after-school hours. Top left, members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Greenville High School meet weekly to share both positive and negative experiences in relation to their daily lives, as well as to discuss issues pertaining to acceptance among their peers. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political battles over transgender issues hit close to home for local teens

High school is a difficult time in life to navigate. Teenagers are faced with a perfect storm of volatile emotions and a struggle toward self-identity that can make even getting through the day a difficult task. For transgender students, this struggle is compounded until it can seem completely out of control.

Greenville Mayor and Downtown Development Authority member John Hoppough, left, speaks on the subject of hiring a certified grant administrator Tuesday as DDA members David Ralph, center, and Jim Hopkins, right, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA picks facade grant admin

In weighing three options for the selection of certified grant administrator, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority came to a decision Tuesday. In anticipation of approval for six downtown building projects on S. Lafayette Street that have applied for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the DDA voted unanimously to select Revitalize LLC of Mason at a cost of $35,000.

Bree Town, 12, of Greenville, laughs in excitement and to applause after one of her paintings sells for more than $200 Tuesday at the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bree is in remission after battling acute myeloid leukemia and has been recognized as the 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year

There are those who wear their strength on the surface, who look fear straight in the face without backing down and rise above whatever conflict may be at hand. There are those who battle their demons from within, overcoming obstacles that may be hidden to the outsider, overcoming tests and challenges that remain unaware to observers.

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Day of Notables showcases Belding fifth grade projects

Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.


Funeral Notices for May 20, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, May 20, 2016

Health Officer Marcus Cheatham, left, listens as Orlando Todd of Local Public Health Services at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services presents the Mid-Michigan District Health Department with a plaque congratulating the health department on 50 years of public health service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Health department celebrates 50 years

Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.

The Veterans Park water tower in Greenville will see the addition of more equipment located atop the tower after the Greenville City Council approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville to lease water tower space to Verizon Wireless

When looking for prime real estate, look no further than the top of the nearest water tower. That concept may not sound appealing to a prospective homeowner, but for phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it’s a coveted location that proves valuable for boosting area wireless signal coverage.

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Bill Braman fund donates $50,000 to Greenville community center

The generous spirit of the late Bill Braman continues to live on, most recently through a donation from his endowment fund to the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously accepted a gift in the amount of $50,000 with the intention to enhance the community center.

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Belding approves $1 million bid for Bridge Street project

A $1 million decision has been made about which company will be handling the South Bridge Street project. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, the council approved a bid from Kamminga & Roedvoets, Inc., a road construction firm with offices in Grand Rapids and Tampa, Fla.