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Shop With A Hero: Greenville officers go Christmas shopping with local youths

It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.

On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe and Beamer’s Tanning & More owner Wendy Gladding show off a Local Loot certificate. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Local Loot: Greenville Chamber rolls out holiday shopping program

When it comes to purchasing gifts for the holidays, Greenville’s merchants say there is no better place to buy than local shops.

“We want local businesses to thrive and be successful,” said Beamer’s Tanning & More Owner Wendy Gladding. “I just think it’s really important.”

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board supports proposed campus bike trail

A new path is being sought to bring visitors to the campus of Montcalm Community College (MCC), one pedal at a time.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.

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Lakeview joins Montcalm Economic Alliance

In recent months, many communities have banded together in an effort to change Montcalm County’s economic fortunes. On Monday, Lakeview became one of these when the Lakeview Village Council approved a three-year commitment to the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 11, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

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Whooping cough case confirmed in Lakeview school district

A case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was found within Lakeview Community Schools last week. School district officials confirmed the case was found Dec. 5 at Lakeview High School.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that's only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, remain in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that has cut electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Christmas lights go dark in Crystal Township

Christmas lights have been hung along the major streets in Crystal Township, however, not every light is twinkling bright.

The General Bag Corp. building in Edmore may soon receive a major renovation and again be open for business to dozens of local vendors if a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is approved. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MEDC offers $650,000 in funds to rehabilitate Edmore ‘Bag Building’

For five years, village leaders have clung tightly to a dream of restoring one of this community’s oldest standing properties, one that, in a much older time, served as a thriving beacon of business. But how does one translate such a dream into reality?

A new snowfall, like the one which fell Monday evening in Lakeview, can be beautiful to look at, but in the future it could also prove costly to village residents who don’t comply with a new snow removal ordinance being considered by the Lakeview Village Council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview considers winter sidewalk ordinance

One way or another, the sidewalks of Lakeview will be clear of snow following the next winter blast. The preferred method, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, would be if residents just picked up the shovel and did the job themselves.

Greenville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department’s food service worker Kelly Ross slings out some pizza to Greenville High School students. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools aim to feed students nutritious meals

Keeping up with the appetite of a high school student is no easy task, but the staff of Greenville Public Schools try to keep pace. During its December meeting, the Greenville school board heard a presentation about the district’s Food and Nutrition Department. Chief Operating Officer Korie Crawford described the many tasks the department completes throughout the school year.