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Montcalm Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center in Greenville will see nearly $193,000 of improvements to save energy costs — File photo  .

Montcalm Community College deal saves on energy

Montcalm Community College is moving forward with a $1.1 million plan to save energy on both the Sidney and Greenville campuses. The college received an energy audit from Ameresco earlier this year. The company surveyed all of the energy usage in every college facility and generated a report.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Vestaburg Schools

Name of board: Vestaburg Community Schools Meeting date: Dec. 12. Reporting official: Recording Secretary Karen Grover. Actions taken: 1. Approved the agenda as presented. 2. Approved minutes from the regular and special Nov. 14 meetings. 3. Approved paying the bills. 4. Approved the consent agenda, including a 30-day medical leave for high school English teacher [...]



Name of board: Pine Township Board. Meeting date: Dec. 12. Reporting official: Clerk Doris J. Swem. Actions taken: 1. Approved minutes of the November meeting. 2. Accepted the treasurer’s report as presented. 3. Approved reappointing Janet Johnson to serve as Pine Township representative on the Tamarack District Library Board for four years. 4. Approved paying [...]


Deadline extended Flat River II summer home projects

The deadline to send in applications for projects to be completed by a youth work team has been extended. The deadline was extended to get in more applications from low-income people who need painting or carpentry work done during Flat River II.

Photo courtesy of The Discovery Channel.

Storm chaser bringing unique vehicle to Greenville

When Reed Timmer drives straight toward a tornado, he is after the thrill of the chase and the science of weather.
The vehicle he drives isn’t your average street car. It’s a custom-built armored car, dubbed Dominator 2, armed with the latest weather sensing gadgets.


Yellow Jackets ready for conference showdown

There will be no baby steps into the O-K Conference boys basketball season this year for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets (3-0) will take a giant leap tonight as they face conference favorite East Grand Rapids (1-0) at home. Not only are the Pioneers a favorite to win the conference, but are considered one of the best in the area and the state.

Portland St. Patrick’s Katie Cook (11) and Carson City-Crystal’s Emily Ward (5) battle for a rebound during Thursday night’s game.

Carson City-Crystal now 6-0, tops Shamrocks 48-32

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team proved last season’s win over Portland St. Patrick was no fluke. The Eagles beat the Shamrocks at home for the second straight time Thursday night, winning 48-32 to extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.


LETTER: Thank you from Crystal Lions

The Crystal Lions Club is proud to be a contributing sponsor of the annual Christmas movie for the Crystal Christmas Celebration.

Grace Bradley (Kaitlyn Denevan) reads the Christmas story aloud to the Herdman children, who hear it for the very first time. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville community center presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The church Christmas pageant is an annual event with the same story presented the same way. Frankly, it has gotten to be a little boring. This year, the pageant is anything but boring. It’s the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The Greenville Area Community Center is presenting the classic play this weekend.

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: The day we declare it to be

There is magic and mystery to a predawn winter’s day. I rediscovered that last week, waking up to a full moon as gold and round as a freshly baked soda biscuit. A mantle of fresh snow responded in glistening blue-white. Sparkles of color twinkled skyward, subtly enhanced by the steady glow of crystallized fireflies. They had frozen to death with their lights on.