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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.


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.


Funeral Notices – Oct. 25, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

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‘She didn’t deserve what happened’: Family mourns murder of Danielle Scholten-Linderman

A life cannot be defined by the way it ends. To try to define the complexity of a single human life, all the years of one’s existence must be taken into account. What did they give, what did they take, what did they leave behind?

Drew Corder of Cedar Lake assembles a forklift at A&O Forklift plant in Edmore. The company is expected to produce about 180 forklifts this year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore’s A&O Forklift flourishing in Hitachi Magnetic’s former home

Bumblebees and forklifts may not seem like an obvious partnership, but they’re proving to be a hot combo for an Edmore business. Brian Kulling, who grew up near Detroit and now lives in Alma, earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint. He was looking for business opportunities and while he was working for a sheet metal provider to A&O Forklift, he heard the owner of A&O was looking to sell.

Adrianna Jordan, Safe Routes to School operations coordinator for the region, Wednesday presented to the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee the potential for federal grants to make safe routes to school for students who walk. The funds can be used to educate students on pedestrian safety or even for sidewalk and crosswalk improvements. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Local transportation committee hears about student pedestrian safety

The new school year is well underway and one statewide group is working to make available grant funds that will help make the trip to and from school safer for those students who find their way on foot.


UPDATE: Police: Man kills girlfriend, torches home

A local man is being charged with killing his girlfriend and then setting their home on fire in a horrific series of events Wednesday morning.