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Ionia man drunkenly steals, crashes semi-tractor near Sheridan

An 27-year-old Ionia man was hospitalized with severe injuries after allegedly drunkenly stealing a semi-tractor Saturday morning, speeding away and crashing it shortly thereafter.

Commissioner Dale Reyburn leafs through a final site plan for the EZ Mart expansion project during Tuesday’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting. (Daily News | Brad Klosner)

Greenville Planning Commission approves EZ Mart gas station expansion project

Bust out the champagne glasses, don the party hats and prepare to dance in the streets because the special land use permit for the EZ Mart Mobil gas station was approved on Thursday. After several meetings involving reviews, workshops, discussions and deliberations, the Greenville Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the permit for the EZ Mart reconstruction project during its regular meeting Thursday.

Greenville High School senior Ashlae Portell was accepted to Harvard University, a fact she finds both exciting and frightening in the same breath. (Daily News | Brad Klosner)

Greenville High School senior headed to Harvard University

Born and raised in Trufant, Greenville High School senior Ashlae Portell is the first to say living in a small town in rural Michigan has its perks.

The Horse’s Mouth, which opened in Belding two months ago, provides patrons with a continuous tap rotation of craft beers from throughout Michigan. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

SUMMER IN THE MITT: Big city brewing moves to small town, unique settings

Ever since the explosion in popularity of craft beers and the subsequent naming of Grand Rapids as Beer City, USA, the craft beer movement has poured into the smaller surrounding communities.

New Glenkerry Golf Course owner Ryan Lothian pictured with his family, in front from left, Olivia, 6, Nicholas, 9; in back, wife, Lori, John, 12, and Emily, 13. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: New Glenkerry Golf Course owner continues family tradition

Ryan Lothian has a calm, laid back demeanor about himself. His voice wouldn’t carry much in a crowded room. But any mention of his newly acquired business and the Greenville native will suddenly perk up and words of fond memories and new, exciting ideas will flow right out of him.

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Funeral notices for May 30, 2015

Funeral notices for Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Lakeview senior overcomes health issues to pursue her dreams

Life in a small town is what you make it. It’s a matter of who you choose as friends, which activities you choose to participate in; in short, you get out of it what you put into it. That’s the philosophy of Kennedy Cogswell, who recently put in her last day as a senior at Lakeview High School.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Greenville City Council discussed the Capital Improvements Budget as part of the overall city budget for 2015-2016. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council discusses capital improvements

City budgeting can get complicated, but prioritizing the projects with available funding makes the process as exciting as it is rewarding.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Greenville City Council discussed the Capital Improvements Budget as part of the overall city budget for 2015-2016.

Edye Evans, voted West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year in 2011, is just one of several acts performing at this year’s Music in the Park concert series at Lakeside Park in Lakeview. The Wednesday evening series gets underway July 1 with vocal jazz from Michigan native Claudia Schmidt. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview concert series just keeps getting better

It seems nearly every town has some sort of summertime concert series these days. After all, what’s not to like about free music in a bucolic, temperate setting?

But few of these musical offerings compare with the acts presented this year at Lakeview’s Music in the Park concert series. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes several nationally recognized acts, renowned recording artists and a few West Michigan favorites.

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Funeral Notices for May 29, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, May 29, 2015