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’I Heart Lafayette’ art competition in downtown Greenville returns; deadline for voting is Aug. 21

Upon the almost-daily news that another local festival or community event has been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus, Gae Wolfe has been desperate to find a way to bring members of the community together.

In a world now consumed by social distancing, hand sanitizer and face coverings due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Director didn’t have much faith in attempting to accomplish such a feat by bringing back one of its newer ideas for a second year — the “I Heart Lafayette” art competition.

Drunken driving fatal accident from 2017 leads to standoff, suicide

A fatal drunken driving accident three years ago led to even more tragedy on Thursday morning.

Daniel Myslenski, 31, of Sand Lake was convicted of operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing the death of Guy Petherbridge, 61, of Coral in an accident on the Fourth of July of 2017.

Proposed medical and recreational marijuana facility ordinances still in the works in Stanton

Disagreement breaks out among commissioners over specifications of ordinances

As the Stanton Planning Commission continues to draft proposed ordinances allowing medical and adult-use marijuana facilities in the city, city commissioners have different ideas of what marijuana-related regulations should look like.

During Tuesday’s meeting, disagreement broke out among commissioners when considering a proposal from MainStreet Planning Co. of Grand Rapids to assist the Planning Commission in drafting an ordinance to allow adult-use marijuana facilities within city limits.

Longtime friends open Greenville salon

Starting a business together for the first time, Lynnelle Wilcox and Lisa Byrne both had everything in place to welcome new and familiar clients into Studio Elan back in March.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a shut-down of all salons for approximately three months, the two longtime friends were forced to wait.

$780K in grants available to local small businesses, nonprofits

Deadline to apply for Michigan Small Business Restart Program is Aug. 5

Small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic still have time to apply for a grant for financial assistance, but the deadline is next week.

The application process for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program, which opened July 15, will close Aug. 5.

Central Montcalm school board approves return to school plan

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education met virtually via Google Meets in a special meeting to finalize the plan to return their students back to school this fall.

Going over the many facets of the Michigan Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan and the Return to School Roadmap, the board approved, in a 7-0 vote, the plan to return students to the classroom. The 2020-2021 year begins Aug. 18.

Friday, July 31, 2020

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