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Business Brief: Eric Zerka takes over father’s Stanton store

STANTON — Zerka’s Party Store at 134 W. Main St. has changed hands but remains in the family business as Scott Zerka’s son, Eric, is now the owner. As of April 1, Eric Zerka put his nursing training on hold and accepted the role of owner of the party store/gas station, taking over a business [...]

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Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce rolls out new brand logo

By Candy Kerschen Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce co-director GREENVILLE — The Chamber often sponsors educational seminars about “branding” and “consistency in marketing” for our members so we believe it’s time we practiced what we preach. In order to keep our image current, we are rolling out a new logo. It is a big bonus [...]

As of April 1, West 57 Design owners Rick and Bobbi Calkins are new owners of another local business — Marketplace Floral at 1720 W. Washington St. in Greenville. The Calkins purchased the floral shop from Lauri Acker (at right), who operated it for the past six years. Acker plans to return to the dentistry field, where she has 24 years of experience. “I wouldn’t have sold (the floral shop) to just anyone,” she said. “Bobbi and Rick are great and will uphold the quality of service and care customers here expect.” The Calkins have renamed the shop West 57 Design and Floral.

Change of hands at Marketplace Floral – Calkins purchase shop

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: Easter is here and spring has sprung

Yes, Easter is here, and we must remember that it isn’t just time to eat the ears off chocolate bunnies and hide eggs for the kids. We must think of its religious meaning as well. Yes, this is true and all well and good. But the coming of April also heralds some things of importance to the average sportsman, hunter, fisherman and other out-of-doors folks.

Just Thinking | Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: The local touch goes a long way

I haven’t always been a “buy locally” consumer. After all, those colorful, well-organized catalogs that come in the mail from big box companies are enticing. And it’s so easy to Google the products you need from the comfort of your home and find a great bargain. But after living in Greenville for three months and working the past couple of weeks with a team of locally based businesses to remodel a house, I am fully on board to shop and do business close to home.


Lakeview girls soccer retools for 2012 campaign

Lakeview’s girls soccer team was the Central State Activites Association (CSAA) champions last season, and there’s an expectation it will do it again. “We have high expectations for the season,” Coach Chris Smith said. “The girls are excited to compete for the lead spot in the CSAA again as well as in the tournament.”

Jordan Thomas, shown in action this season, took second place in the 170-poun class in the National High School Coaches Association 2012 tournament in Virginia last week. — File photo

Greenville’s Jordan Thomas takes second at national wrestling tournament

Greenville wrestler Jordan Thomas prepared for college wrestling by participating in the National High School Coaches Association 2012 tournament in Virginia last week. The senior finished second in the 170-pound class, going 5-1 at the tournament.

New Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak is adjusting to life in Greenville after his move from Oak Park. One of his favorite Greenville activities is running on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville’s new public safety director aims to connect with community

The new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety comes to town with a strong background in law enforcement and many ideas for the future. Michael Pousak began his new position on March 26 and is already taking strides to be in the public eye and make himself accessible. Pousak, 47, retired from the Oak Park Department of Public Safety as a detective lieutenant last September, where he started in 1987 as a public safety officer.


Police Reports for April 6

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Funeral Notices for April 6

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