Engineer is hopeful damage to Heartland Trail bridge did not compromise integrity

Upon reviewing damage to the bridge over the Flat River on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail following Thursday morning’s fire, both investigators and engineers are hopeful the structure will not need to be replaced.

Upon hearing the news and viewing pictures that showcased the bridge engulfed in flames, Friends of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail Chairman Don Stearns was beside himself, unsure of how to look at the situation.

Trail bridge set ablaze

Suspicious fire at Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bridge over Flat River in Greenville under investigation

Responding to a call of a fire beneath a pedestrian bridge, Paul Feutz was in disbelief as he pulled into Water Works Park early Thursday morning.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) sergeant and fire lieutenant found not a small fire crackling beneath the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bridge over the Flat River, but a blaze that lit up the sky around 3 a.m.

CC-C graduate perseveres through tragedy

After experiencing tragedy during his sophomore year of high school, Ryan Holland, 18, quickly decided that he wasn’t going to give up on everything he was working for.

“It made me stronger mentally because I realized that you can’t dwell on it,” Holland told the Daily News. “I kept working hard and didn’t let it change me.”

Tamarack Family Dentistry installs cutting edge equipment promoting health and safety

For Dr. Keith Treiber, owner and operator of Tamarack Family Dentistry in Lakeview since 1995, wearing face masks and personal protection equipment (PPE) has always been something of a second nature.

“I came to Lakeview fresh out of training at a Navy hospital in surgery. At that time, nobody was wearing masks or gloves here because they said it wasn’t required,” Keith recalled. “I told them that, starting tomorrow, everyone was going to be wearing them.”

Foundation awards $250,000 to Greenville schools

GACF grant to help overcome financial shortcomings due to coronavirus

As Greenville Public Schools braces for unprecedented cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic, a large grant from within the community is providing some much-needed relief.

As the school district prepared for more than $2 million in cuts for this current fiscal year, and potentially more than that for the upcoming fiscal year due to billions in lost revenue at the state level, the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) announced it would be awarding a grant to help offset some of the cuts.

Greenville pastor retires, looks forward to time with family

Pastor Donald Spachman of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville will give his last sermon this Sunday.

Little did he know he would wrap up a 38-year career by preaching to an empty sanctuary for a live Facebook feed.

Lakeview DDA purchases outdoor tables to add restaurant seating

The Lakeview Downtown Development Authority has purchased 20 portable tables with umbrellas that restaurants and other businesses can use to provide additional seating outdoors while their capacity is reduced.

DDA President Ed Jonaitis shared the information Monday night at the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education meeting (Jonaitis also is president of the school board).

Crystal changes course for Community Center

Board looks at revamping current building

With more than a year’s worth of discussion as to how to proceed with the Crystal Community Center, the option of keeping and retaining the current building was again brought up and discussed at length Wednesday.

During last month’s meeting, the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 to receive bids for replacing sections of the Community Center’s damaged roof.

Hostage situation Wednesday morning ends peacefully, Ionia County man charged

A 47-year-old man was arraigned Thursday in Ionia County District Court on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged standoff with police Wednesday morning in Ionia County’s Campbell Township.

Tim Raymond Nelson is charged with unlawful imprisonment, felonious assault, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, felony firearm, and domestic violence in the first degree. Because Nelson is being changed as a habitual offender with a fourth offense notice, he faces a possible penalty of up to life in prison, according to Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler.

Friday, June 12, 2020