2021-05-13

Greenville school board addresses facemasks, vaccine concerns

With less than a month remaining before the final day of school, students, faculty and administration at Greenville Public Schools (GPS) are more than ready to conclude a year immersed in the coronavirus pandemic. 

In finishing out the final weeks of school, however, the GPS Board of Education made it clear Monday evening it has no intention of relaxing current COVID-19 restrictions, unless such recommendations are made or restrictions are rescinded from agencies including the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MDHSS), Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). 

Greenville senior Titus Bretzke keeping pace to compete for state title in 800-meters

After running, and winning, the 400-meters, 800-meters and 1,600-meters at the Jackets’ head-to-head meet against Lowell on May 6, Titus Bretzke was admittedly a bit winded.

The Greenville senior still wanted to run the 800, his signature event, at Saturday’s Red Hawk Invitational at Cedar Springs and did so in nearly-record fashion. His time of 1:52.87 was just shy of his personal record (PR) time of 1:52.56, which placed him third in the state finals as a sophomore.

MIKE TAYLOR: My fortune is but a sticker away

Over the years, I’ve come up with dozens of ideas to get rich quick without engaging in all that “hard work” nonsense.

First, there were the contact lenses with sharp edges that make the wearer look as if they have been crying. I figured husbands trying to pretend they were really, really sorry about something — like leaving the lid up — could use them to mimic a sincere apology.

Pine Township mails out 950 wind energy surveys

A total of 950 surveys were mailed out to landowners and taxpayers in Pine Township on Monday requesting feedback regarding wind energy systems.

The responses to the 13 questions (see accompanying infobox) will be made public and will also be considered by township officials as they decide whether to amend the township’s wind energy ordinance which hasn’t been updated since 2016. The surveys are due back to the township by May 26.

Bloomer Township planners review changes to proposed wind ordinance

Looking to another township in Montcalm County for inspiration, Bloomer Township is modifying its proposed wind and solar ordinance with a few key changes.

The Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening to discuss some changes the Bloomer Township Board requested be made to the proposed ordinance. About half a dozen people were in attendance, not including township officials.

Sports roundup for Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sports roundup for Thursday, May 13, 2021

Yellow Jacket Theatre goes on ‘The Odyssey’

Having endured their own year-long pandemic journey, Greenville High School (GHS) Yellow Jacket Theatre returns to the stage of the Greenville Performing Arts Center this weekend to present “The Odyssey.”

Yellow Jacket Theatre students have endured their own odyssey in the past year. Their production of “The Crucible” moved to online highlights last spring, the fall musical was canceled, the annual Retro Radio Show was done completely online, and the annual West Michigan Theatre Festival was also canceled, all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenville DDA approves proposed budget

Group struggling to hold quorum for second consecutive month

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved its annual budget Tuesday morning, but not until after a scramble by its members to ensure they had a quorum for the first time in two months.

Meeting via Zoom, members gathered online together for their monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m., but only three members of the nine-member DDA were in attendance, with five needed to hold a quorum.

Pine Township clerk receives pay raise

The township clerk is receiving a pay raise for additional election duties imposed by the state of Michigan.

The Pine Township Board voted 4-0 on Monday evening to increase Clerk Marla Sprague’s annual salary from $11,500 to $12,900 — a $1,400 pay raise.

Edmore Village Council OKs renewal of marijuana licenses

Pinnacle Emporium to open May 20

The Edmore Village Council on Monday granted the renewal of municipal provisioning center and marijuana retailer licenses for KISA Enterprises which will do business as Pinnacle Emporium.

Edmore Village Manager Justin Lakamper reminded council members that the marijuana business received its original licenses from the Village Council in May 2020. Each license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.