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Sherlock, the bed bug-detecting dog at SureShot Pest Control in Greenville, runs back to his handler with his favorite ball in his mouth. The ball is Sherlock’s reward for locating bed bugs.

ALL ABOUT PETS: Greenville man’s dog is company’s newest asset

In many ways, Alec Dakin’s Black Labrador, Sherlock, is like any other canine.
He has a lot of energy, loves to play fetch, jumps on visitors to his home and goes bonkers for his favorite squeaky toy.
But while some 16-month-old dogs earn a treat or a romp outside with their owners for performing tricks such as: “Fido, sit!” or “roll over!” Sherlock is rewarded with his favorite toy for a whole different type of trick — sniffing out parasitic insects that hide in tiny cracks and crevices of homes, restaurants, hotels and other public establishments.

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LC Power, which owns Renaissance Power in Carson City, has proposed increasing the plant’s energy capacity by double, a possible multi-million dollar expansion that could bring jobs and economic growth to the area.

Carson City power plant being considered for future expansion

What could a possible expansion at Renaissance Power mean for the residents of Carson City?
How about 18 permanent full-time jobs, nearly 400 construction jobs and an increase in the city’s tax revenue by double?

Encore Music Store manager Kenny Abbott maintains a full line of acoustic and electric guitars, as well as amps, P.A. gear, lighting and other musical equipment. He said the store has been slowly gaining customers in the three months since it opened.

BUSINESS BEAT: Downtown Stanton is alive with the sound of Encore Music

It’s been a bit of a slow start for Encore Music, which first opened it’s doors about three months ago, but business is growing steadily, according to store manager Kenny Abbott.

Jackie Bradley, a former Greenville resident and author of “Postcards From the Attic,” visited Robbins Book List Oct. 30.

Love and angst find balance in Greenville High School graduate’s first novel

There is a reason William Shakespeare envisioned Romeo and Juliet as young teens. Girls of the time did, indeed, often marry and bear children at 15 or even younger.

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Funeral Notices — Saturday, October 26, 2013

Funeral notices for Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Flat River Community Library marks 15 years at ‘new’ location

The Flat River Community Library celebrated its 15th anniversary at its Judd Road location this week, and even though it’s only a few blocks from its previous home, it might as well be light-years. “By being in the new location, we’ve really been able to expand our services,” said Library Director Laura Powers on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by patrons sifting through rows of books and tooling around on the computers. “We have the facilities to meet peoples’ needs and be a meeting place in the community.”

Lucy, a 6-year-old Goldendoodle, sits at the working desk of her owner, Julie Stafford of The Daily News. Lucy frequently visits the newspaper office, always looking for a lending hand for a belly rub. Having sociable animals in the office, such as cats and dogs, help promote less stress and can also foster more friendly interaction between co-workers, according to Greenville licensed clinical social worker Sue Ellen Pabst.

ALL ABOUT PETS: Pets proven to improve work environment

Offices across the country are implementing new ideas to try and make the workplace a more pleasant environment for its workers.

Planning consultant Tim Johnson, at right, presents to the Greenville Planning Commission a zoning proposal that would rezone a portion of the city just outside the downtown as mixed use, allowing for residential units on the second floor and retail on the first. Also pictured are planning commissioners Ron Blanding, at left, and Brian Greene, center. A public hearing for the proposal is scheduled for Dec. 14 in front of the planning commission. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Planning Commission looks at rezoning

The Greenville Planning Commission is moving forward with the next step of a rezoning plan which could potentially set up part of the city for upstairs apartments above retail stores, while also placing design standards for new commercial buildings.

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Runners to race at regionals Saturday

Saturday is a big day for all the area cross country teams, as the regional tournaments are that day. In polling area cross country coaches, they all think their teams are ready for the competition.

Belding’s Nick Price (3) goes in motion behind the Redskins’ offensive line and quarterback Kole Hart (12) during the game at Comstock Park this season.

Belding one win away from playoffs

In a sense, the playoffs start a week early for the Belding Redskins. With a 5-3 record entering tonight’s regular season finale at home, the Redskins need a victory to guarantee a spot in the 256-team field of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. Six wins is needed for guaranteed inclusion, while a handful of teams in each division make the playoffs with 5-4 records.