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New Greenville tennis coach brings plenty of passion

If there is one word to describe Greenville’s new tennis coach, it’s passion. Joseph Conley may not come with a lot of coaching experience, but his players can expect just as much “go get it” attitude as they can dish out for the sport.

Two hot air balloons await to take off Friday morning south of Greenville as the sun rises over the horizon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Floating high without one tear

Flames burst to life above my head as the ground gave way under my feet. All at once, I was floating through the air with nothing between me and the earth but a basket. I was up, up and away on my first ever hot air balloon ride, rising with the sun on Friday morning.

From left, members of the 2016 Miss Danish Festival Court, Miss Danish Festival Second Runner-up Danielle Mahar, First Runner-Up Mariah Meier, Miss Danish Festival 2016 Allison Harrison, Junior Miss Danish Festival Alison Skogseth, and Young Miss Danish Festival Morgan Masters, race down Cass Street in Greenville during the annual Princess and the Pea Bed Race Friday evening in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Miss Danish Festival and Court add another feat — bed race champions

Adults and kids lined Cass Street from Barry to S. Irving streets Friday night to watch the “Princess and the Pea” bed race.

The audience was made up of former and current Montcalm County residents and first-time and veteran attendees.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.


Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

This year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team, which is competing in today’s Daily News Invitational in Belding, consists of five seniors and seven players with varsity experience, however, head coach John Johnson noted there are superstars on this year’s team. “We are very team-oriented. What we have is a different player stepping up in every game,” he said. (File photo)

Daily News Invitational ‘first measurement’ for Hornets’ team

  STANTON — There are five seniors and seven players with varsity experience on Central Montcalm’s varsity volleyball team this year, however, who leads the team will be a game-by-game outcome. “We are very team-oriented, which is different than past teams,” said head coach John Johnson, who is in his third year as coach of [...]


Greenville 7th at Traverse City

The first golf meet of the season for Greenville’s team was an eye-opening experience, according to coach Nancy Johnson.

The Yellow Jackets went up to Grand Traverse Resort for the two-day Traverse City Central Invitational, which brought a lot of teams from around the state.
Greenville finished seventh among Division 2 teams, shooting a two-day team score of 889. The winner of Division 2 was Midland Dow with a 661, followed by Muskegon Reeths-Puffer with a 768 and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central with a 782.

The booths at a homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday represented the different services available for the homeless population. Participants had to seek out the services the need and try to find housing. —Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Project Connect, simulation shine light on homelessness

An event this week in Greenville may have been a simulation, but homelessness is a very real problem. “I heard last week that Kent County has a 1 percent housing availability — the tightest market in the nation. I bet we’re tighter in Montcalm County,” said Have Mercy Director Kim Cain at Wednesday’s Project Connect and homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church. “And it’s not just us. All of West Michigan is struggling like this.”

Otisco Township Treasurer Jan Breimayer, left, and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss the bids for the township hall addition and the hiring of the architect for the project during Tuesday evening’s special meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Trouble continues for Otisco Township Hall project

A planned township hall addition could be put on hold depending on architectural plans. During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Otisco Township Board voted 4-0, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to hire architect Steve Worth to draw up plans for a proposed project, for which the board previously accepted bids from two Belding construction companies.

With the Ugly Duckling statue in the foreground at Heritage Park, the Michigan state flag, American flag and Danish flag, were raised Thursday evening during the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

52nd annual Danish Festival is underway in Greenville (PHOTOS)

A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.