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Planning consultant Tim Johnson discusses a rezoning request made by Mark Lehman, who purchased around 25 acres of the Forest View Planned Use Development plan. The Greenville Planning Commission voted 7-2 Thursday to recommend to City Council a denial of the request to rezone a portion of the Forest View PUD to residential. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville property owner’s rezoning request denied

The Greenville Planning Commission voted 7-2 Thursday to recommend to City Council a denial of a request to rezone a portion of the Forest View Planned Use Development (PUD) to residential.

ABOVE: Angel Doolittle, 10, of Sheridan, takes aim with a bow and arrow Thursday evening at Central Montcalm Community Church in Sheridan during a free archery class for children and adults. TOP RIGHT: Luke Myers, 11, of Stanton, uses a string bow to practice his form Thursday evening at the class.

Children learn life lessons through archery

There are lessons to be learned from the sport — some might call it art — of archery. Patience, strength, judgment, the ability to find one’s center and home in on it, like an arrow to a bullseye. All these are skills that make not only for a better archer, but a better person.

A fire believed to have started in a chimney destroyed a Douglass Township home at 4352 W. Briggs Road Thursday evening. All residents and pets escaped the home safely as five fire departments worked several hours trying to save the home.

Douglass Township home destroyed by fire

Five fire departments worked together for several hours Thursday evening in attempt to save a large two-story home, but the challenges of extinguishing the fire proved to be too great in the end.


Funeral Notices — Friday, January 10, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, January 10, 2014

Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Winter weather and other disruptions

I am writing this column while my outside thermometer reads minus 8 degrees and although the sun is shining, I can see lots of snow outside my window. I am snug inside taking care of putting away Christmas decorations and generally tidying up the house. I actually love January weather because I have the luxury of staying indoors. Although I am getting some cleaning done, my first choice would be to curl up with a book and savor the quiet day.


Townships, county partner to buy siren

Sometimes patience pays off … quite literally. In November, Montcalm Township officials approved the $10,900 purchase of a siren at a discounted price, but told themselves they would look into additional funding and more potential savings to purchase additional sirens in the future.

Standing water in the upper elementary section of Walnut Hills Elementary in Greenville is shown after a pipe froze and burst over the weekend. Superintendent Pete Haines said thanks to swift action by school maintenance staff and Brad’s Cleaners, a local company, the water was removed before any significant damage was done. The carpets were saved and the school, which also had several classrooms flooded, is ready for students to return.

Greenville school staffers make quick work of burst pipe

While students enjoyed their third straight snow day at home, officials at Greenville Public Schools can finally rest easy. Walnut Hills Elementary School is ready for students today after this week’s frigid temperatures caused a pipe to burst, flooding a section of the school.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 9, 2014

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Regular blood drives to start in Belding

The Michigan Blood organization has its location, date and volunteers ready for an upcoming blood drive — now the nonprofit just needs the people of Belding to show their support.

Mayor John Hoppough, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit were unanimously reappointed to their respective positions on the Greenville City Council on Tuesday during the council’s January organizational meeting. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville City Council again chooses Hoppough as mayor

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough will serve his third year as the city’s mayor. The council Tuesday unanimously voted him mayor for the 2014 calendar year. Hoppough was first elected mayor in January 2012, replacing Kenneth Snow, who had been mayor since 2007.