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JUST IN: Greenville Planning Commission discusses EZ mart expansion

GREENVILLE —The EZ Mart Mobil gas station in Greenville is one step closer to a complete renovation. On Thursday, the City of Greenville Planning Commission held a public hearing concerning a revised site plan for the EZ Mart construction project. Located at the corner of Clay and Washington Streets, the project will drastically expand the [...]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Area Specialist Aileen Waldron, at right, discusses grant and loan opportunities during Tuesday’s Greenville DDA meeting, while Michigan Economic Development Corp. Community Assistance Specialist Ryan Kilpatrick listens. At top right, Kilpatrick discusses facade grants for Greenville and Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA learns about financial assistance opportunities

Renovating a building, whether business or residential needs, can be costly. However, there are a multitude of programs that can offer grants and low-interest loans to ease the financial burden on property owners looking to spruce up their buildings.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Band Director Chad Parmenter directs the middle school band on April 24 during a warm-up prior to performing at the MSBOA State Festival in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C bands achieve new level of success

Band Director Chad Parmenter has conducted for 15 years at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools to create a music program that will make the community proud. On April 24, his high school and middle school students accomplished a feat no other group of students under his leadership had done before, with their musicianship leaving him in awe.

Montcalm Community College Trustee Mike Williams, right discusses the issue of raising tuition at the college during Tuesday evening’s board meeting as Secretary Carol Deuling-Ravell listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC increases tuition 4%

In keeping with statewide averages, tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will be rising once again. Members of the MCC Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Tuesday evening to increase tuition for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Funeral Notices for May 14, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 14, 2015

Greenville High School shop teacher Adam Hopkins and Bruce Aittama stand in their shop with some of their students’ wood work: A set of bows and a finely crafted chair. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville students get 72 awards at industrial arts competition

When it comes to showing off industrial technological skills, the students of the industrial arts programs at Greenville Public Schools are some of the best. Last Friday, students from the shop classes at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School entered 84 projects into the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) regional competition. Joining more than 800 other entries at Coopersville High School, the Greenville students did exceptionally well in seven categories, including wood working, metal working, computer-aided design (CAD), welding and machining.

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JUST IN: Montcalm Township Board approves biker clubhouse, discusses cemetery issues

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Montcalm Township is biker friendly and proud of it. During the Wednesday meeting of the Montcalm Township Board, board members voted 4-1 in favor of allowing The Chosen Ones, a local motorcycle club, to operate their official clubhouse under a special land use permit. The clubhouse is located on Lake Road in [...]

Lakeview property owner Paul Messman, standing, spoke to members of the Lakeview Village Council on Monday in an effort to convince them to consider designating a block of Lake Drive — between 4th and 5th streets — a pedestrian only walkway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tree removal near Lakeview airport coming soon

As new trees are planted in Wiseman Park, old trees will soon be coming down on village-owned property adjacent to Griffith Field Airport. At Monday’s meeting, the Lakeview Village Council debated the best use of the 14 acres. Currently, the land sits unused and overgrown with pine trees. The overabundance of pines has prevented healthy tree growth there and many of the trees are in danger of toppling over in high winds. Others already have. Additionally, the trees are reaching a point that they may soon present a danger for airport traffic.

The former Hitachi water tower, located at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park, is currently not in use but will continue to stand empty as Edmore Village Council members await less expensive bids for possible demolition. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore holds off on water tower demolition

After spending a half million dollars to restore and paint Edmore’s water tower in April, the Village Council turned its focus this month to another water tower. During Monday evening’s meeting, council members briefly entertained the idea of dismantling the former Hitachi water tower at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Generalities cause Deflategate concern

By now everyone has seen the reports about the “Deflategate” report and the subsequent punishment doled out by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. I have a problem with the report — and the punishment. And the two go hand-in-hand.