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Greenville woman recovering from crash with garbage truck

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Greenville woman is recovering after a crash involving a garbage truck.

Montcalm County deputies say the garbage truck was stopped in the northbound lane of Derby Road a little south of Lakeside Drive just before 9 Thursday morning.

That's when the 41-year-old woman was unable to stop her SUV on the slushy roads and slid into the back of the truck. Another car behind her couldn't stop in time, either, rear-ending her vehicle.

The Greenville woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.

Baldwin man gets prison for drunk driving crash that killed friend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Barely old enough to legally drink, a 21-year-old man who caused an alcohol-related crash in July that killed his friend in northeast Kent County was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

Joshua Lucas Runnels was handed a 7 to 15-year sentence for drunken driving causing death for the July 23 crash in Kent County's Oakfield Township that killed Charles Gregory Samuel of Greenville.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth also sentenced him to serve 2 to 5 years for drunken driving causing serious injury. The terms will run concurrent.

The Baldwin man pleaded no contest earlier this month to drunken driving causing death and drunken driving causing serious injury. In exchange for his plea, reckless driving and habitual offender charge was dismissed.

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

BELDING, Mich.—Waterfowl in Belding have a safe place to hide out, thanks to a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project.

Allison Harrison recently completed building six wood duck boxes for the city parks of Belding.  Harrison hopes the boxes will encourage the duck population to remain in Belding so hunters and nature lovers can enjoy the fowl for years to come.

Harrison joined the Girl Scouts in elementary school and stuck with the organization, despite being teased by her classmates and the collapse of her original troop.

"I got past all of the bullying and judgment and followed through with Girl Scouts, no matter what people threw at me," she said.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Scholastic Clay Target Program Open House on November 9

Scholastic Clay Target Program Open House on November 9

The Flat River Conservation Club in Greenville invites the public to this skeet shooting Open House!

Sunday, November 9 from 2pm-4pm, guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the Flat River SCTP team, have the chance for Q & A, along with being present to watch shooting demonstrations by Two -Time National Champions at 2:00pm & 3:00pm. (In the case of inclement weather, this event will be postponed until Spring!)

Flat River Conservation Club is located 8 Miles North of Greenville on M-91

For more information, visit: www.flatriver.org.

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org