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PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops concert

The Grand Rapids Symphony performed in front of a capacity crowd Wednesday evening during the Holiday Pops concert at the Greenville Performing Arts Center at Greenville High School.

Stephen Foster, organizer of the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive, speaks with the representatives of area pantries at Wednesday afternoon’s “food drop” in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Challenge Food Drive fills big need

The holidays will be a little brighter this year thanks to efforts of several area businesses which took part in the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive. According to organizer Stephen Foster, the annual “food drop” was started in 1991 by Federal-Mogul and R.J. Tower Company as a friendly challenge to see which company could raise the most food items, per employee, for area food pantries.

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Greenville’s Downtown Development Authority aims to enhance downtown

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) brainstormed ideas to not only develop the downtown, but get more people to the downtown area. During Tuesday’s meeting, DDA members spent a majority of their time stating their opinions on bettering the downtown area.

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New trustee appointed to MCC Board

A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees. During Tuesday’s meeting, it was recommended trustees to appoint Joyce Kitchenmaster of Stanton to the fill a vacant position on the board.

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Health department: Don’t let the bed bugs bite

The old saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” has taken on new meaning the last several years with infestations on the rise. These creepy crawly critters now make us think twice before occupying a hotel room, or buying a used piece of furniture, and for good reason. Once bed bugs set up camp in your home, infestation spreads rapidly and can be very difficult and costly to remove.

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Handy Market robbery remains under investigation

Police continue to investigate a robbery that occurred one week ago at the Handy Market in Greenville. Debbie Edmaiston of Gowen was working her late-night shift at the Handy Market, located at 813 S. Lafayette St., when a younger man wearing a mask told her to get behind the counter at approximately 6:30 p.m. last Thursday.

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Funeral Notices – December 13, 2012

Read funeral notices for Thursday, December 13, 2012.

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UPDATE: Ronald Township woman arraigned in Palo bomb threat case

A 38-year-old Ronald Township woman surrendered herself to police today, involving the bomb threat to Palo Elementary Schools on Nov. 28.

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Children not a good excuse for robbery

A man who allegedly robbed Greenville’s Handy Market last Thursday night repeated a phrase that made a lasting impression on the cashier — and on all of us. “I’m sorry — I have kids,” he said, and then repeated, “I’m sorry — I have kids.”

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Foundation distributes Ash funds to three Belding organizations

The late Stanley and Blanche Ash were well known throughout Montcalm County for their generous donations and entrepreneurial efforts, but the community of Belding was close to their hearts as well. Last week, $25,000 was distributed to three organizations in Belding in the first year of grants provided by the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Community Improvement Fund, which is an endowment fund established in the autumn of 2011.