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Belding resident and World War II veteran John Giesen points to his own name on the new Belding Freedom Wall memorial Sunday. Giesen was one of 10 Belding area veterans who served in World War II who helped dedicate the new memorial. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Freedom Wall dedicated in honor of World War II veterans

For several moments Sunday morning, Belding resident and World War II veteran John Geisen stood quietly just a few feet in front of the new Belding Freedom Wall memorial as people shuffled around him. Staring at the newly dedicated wall, built in memory of area WWII veterans, Geisen’s eyes began to glass over with tears. With a deep breath, he then took a few steps closer to the wall.

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Workers from R.A. Holmes Construction in Nunica Inc. work on an expansion project at Huntington Foam in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Huntington Foam in Greenville nears completion of expansion

The Greenville City Council approved a tax abatement application from Huntington Foam as its expansion, which began in July, is coming to an end. Huntington Foam, located at 1323 Moore Street, is a custom foam shape molder for applications, plumbing, furniture, electronics and automotive industries. The company is based in Jeanneatte, Pa., and also has facilities in Fort Smith, Ark., Greer, S.C., Guadalupe, Mexico, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will return to Greenville on Dec. 12, presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville. — File photo

Annual Grand Rapids Symphony Pops Concert slated for Dec. 12

The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert is being presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville on Dec. 12. “Bringing the Grand Rapids Symphony to Greenville is so important to the Education Foundation for a couple of reasons,” said the Education Foundation of Greenville Co-Chairman Steve Day. “One, it brings us some name recognition each year and is a wonderful marketing tool for our foundation, and two, it helps to fund many of our teacher grants and student scholarships each and every year.” Tickets for the concert go on sale Monday at The Daily News office, located at 109 N. Lafayette St., in Greenville. Only cash and check will be accepted.

Local author Maureen Burns signs a copy of her latest book, “My Mind, or What’s Left of It” at Montcalm Community College. — Courtesy photo

Greenville columnist publishes new book

When it comes down to it, the most important aspect of good writing is relating the truths universal to the human condition. That was the touchstone that Daily News columnist Maureen Burns turned to while selecting essays for her latest book, “On My Mind, or What’s Left of It.” This sometimes touching, often humorous collection is culled from Burns’ columns in The Daily News, as well as essays she has penned for the Catholic digest Faith Magazine. There are even a few of Burns’ favorite recipes to be found within the pages of her new book.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 11, 2012

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Veterans Freedom Wall to be unveiled Sunday, Nov. 11, in Belding

The Veterans Freedom Wall, which once stood at the corner of Main and Congress streets until it was decommissioned in 1948, will officially live on in the newly constructed wall located on Depot Street just west of the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. At 11 a.m. Sunday, Veterans Day, a ceremony dedicating the new wall will take place, unveiling the wall 64 years to the day that the original wall was destroyed.


Greenville motorist assaulted after trying to help woman

Shane Wilcox is used to being in control of situations. The 37-year-old Greenville man is 6 foot, 3 inches tall, 260 pound, ex-military and works in security. Wilcox was driving home from work in Grand Rapids on Friday evening and was just a few blocks from home when he noticed a woman waving her arms and standing next to a car on the Greenville truck route near the former Electrolux facility.


OUR VIEW: Proposals were just too much to ask of voters

The voters have spoken, and for the most part, we can still count our blessings … The sun did rise Wednesday morning, and the world is still spinning on its axis; despite what has been ecstasy for millions, agony for other millions of Americans.


Greenville planners discuss zoning districts

The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps towards being compliant with the newly adopted Greenville master plan. During Thursday’s regular scheduled planning commission meeting, commissioners discussed the commercial three (C-3), hospital and the mixed-use districts to coincide with the master plan.