From a landmark to a legacy

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How Belding man became the new owner of Hilltop Sporting Goods

Standing behind a workbench with compound bows lining the walls, Derek Drye looks completely at home as a co-owner of Hilltop Sporting Goods.

Drye and his wife Ashley took over ownership of the Greenville staple in February. While they plan to make changes, such as expanding youth programs, the significance of Hilltop Sporting Goods, located at 13700 14 Mile Road just west of Greenville, in the community isn’t lost on them.

Greenville man pleads to child abuse in death of 5-year-old girl

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A Greenville man will likely see a second-degree murder charge dismissed as a result of a plea deal in which he is pleading no contest to two other charges related to the death of a 5-year-old Greenville girl last summer.

DDA reviews study about improving downtown

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Free WiFi, outdoor speakers, security cameras included in Greenville study

Following a discussion that began in earnest seven months ago, city officials received their first in-depth look at what updating this community’s historic downtown district might entail.

During Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority, Roger Ferworn, president of AE Tech Design in Kalamazoo, provided a presentation on a technical feasibility study he was commissioned to generate by the DDA in January.

New addiction services clinic launched to help fight local opioid crisis

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With drug addiction at an all-time high for Montcalm County, Spectrum Health recently opened a walk-in clinic for those who need help with drug abuse.

After planting their services at the Greenville Spectrum Health Family Medicine clinic in April, the clinic has been able to help many struggling with addiction already. Open every Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., this clinic treats all drug and alcohol-related addictions with counseling and safe medication.

Diocese to welcomes Greenville native as a new priest

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Greenville native Logan Weber was ordained a Catholic priest on June 4.

Rev. David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids ordained Deacon Weber along with Deacon David Jameson and Deacon David Sacha  to the priesthood at the  Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Grand Rapids.

Fashion forward

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2017 Greenville High School graduate creates sustainable, spiritual and high-quality clothing

Hazel Lovecraft is paving the way for resources in ethical fashion. 

After doodling silly designs on her notes as a child, the 23-year-old’s love for sewing has grown into something much bigger.

GUEST VIEW: Come see the noise and traffic on Blackburn Street for yourself

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We would like to address the Public Forum letter from Elizabeth J. Gates on April 30 in which she targeted us and our home of 36 years. Although we made it clear what points we were making, we hope that she will reread our Public Forum letter on April 23.

Greenville, Central Montcalm students score scholarships from MAHRA

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On May 18, two students graduating from high school exceeded the expectations of the Montcalm Area Human Resource Association after applying for their annual scholarship of $750.

Candidates for this scholarship must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and either be employed by or be in an immediate family with a MAHRA business member.

Greenville’s Gabby Looney fulfilling dream, continuing softball career at Aquinas 

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Those first steps onto the softball field are meaningful. For some, it’s a chance to play a game with friends. For others, it’s the beginning of a dream. Almost every player jumps over the foul line out of superstition. 

Sometimes, those steps, dreams and superstition intertwine to create a twisted, yet beautiful, reality. 

Hometown News

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Alexander Hall KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Alexander Hall, a 2013 graduate of Greenville High School, graduated from Kirksville College of  Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri on May 21. He is the son of Charlie and Bobbi Hall of Greenville. Alex will be starting a family practice residency at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan, at the end of June.