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Buildings on former fairgrounds find new homes at bargain prices

GREENVILLE (Greenville Daily News) -- Less than two months after the final Montcalm County 4-H Fair wrapped up at the Hillcrest Street fairgrounds, pieces from facility are finding new homes.

On Aug. 14, the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Board hosted an auction to sell a majority of the fairgrounds' buildings. Local and some not-so-local residents gathered to snatch up deals on used lumber, sheet metal and fencing.

"We wanted to get enough to cover the cost of clean-up (of the fairgrounds) so we have no leftover costs," said Fair Board Secretary Coleen Venema.

The prices of auctioned buildings ranged from $5 for the grandstand to $1,800 for the horse barn on the hill between the rabbit barn and poultry shed.

Some of the bidders traveled from quite a distance to take advantage of the inexpensive building supplies, but many local residents threw their bids in as well.

Belding @ Greenville

GREENVILLE, MI (WZZM) - Belding and Greenville opened the football season with their traditional rivalry.

 

The Greenville Yellow Jackets have dominated the last several years, winning in six of the last seven years.

Friday night, the Yellow Jackets special teams had an early impact, partially blocking Belding's punt on their first possession deep in their own territory.  It was the first of two blocked punts for Belding kicker Ryan Stowell.

Greenville's Sean O'Brien took advantage of the field position scoring on a run up the middle.

The Yellow Jacket defense did its part, keeping the Redskins pinned deep in their own territory.

It was an easy night for Greenville, beating Belding convincingly, 42 to 7.

 

 

Yellow Jackets down

GREENVILLE, MI (WZZM) - Belding and Greenville opened the football season with their traditional clash.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets have dominated the last several years, winning in six of the last seven years.

Friday night, the Yellow Jackets special teams had an early impact, partially blocking Belding's punt on their first possession deep in their own territory.  It was the first of two blocked punts for Belding kicker Ryan Stowell.

Greenville's Sean O'Brien took advantage of the field position scoring on a run up the middle.

The Yellow Jacket defense did its part, keeping the Redskins pinned deep in their own territory.

It was an easy night for Greenville, beating Belding convincingly, 42 to 7.

Greenville fire caused by electrical failure

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The fire at the Westwood Inn in Greenville over the weekend appears to have been the result of an electrical failure after a storm.

The fire broke out on Sunday, August 22nd.  Investigators say that a power outage over the weekend due to a storm caused the electrical system in the attic to ignite insulation when the power was turned back on.

No one was injured in the fire that destroyed the hotel.  The owner told WZZM on Sunday that he plans to rebuild.

Watch the video of the original story from Sunday.

Man sentenced to life in prison for fatal wrong-way crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A wrong-way driver will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a Greenville elementary school teacher last November.

A judge on Wednesday sentenced 39-year old Franco Avina to life in prison.

Prosecutors say he had a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit when his vehicle collided head-on with Aaron Haynes' car on the East Beltline near Five Mile Road. 

Click HERE to read a previous story about the crash.

ABBA Gold to perform at Greenville High School Performing Arts Center

From: http://www.greenvillemi.org/

ABBA Gold - September 10th, 2010

Unique to North America and possibly the world, ABBA Gold - The Definitive ABBA Experience is a completely live (no backing vocal tracks or instrumental sequencing of any kind) recreation of ABBA's concerts in the late 70's - early 80's. This 10 piece show and its members have performed to sold-out audiences in cities around the world...including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, gala events for Royalty, Ambassadors and Heads Of State, and the larger Casino Showrooms throughout the United States.
ABBA Gold invites you to bring your singing voices and dancing shoes to join in with them for this great all ages family experience that should not be missed.

Owner of Greenville inn destroyed by fire plans to rebuild

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A Greenville man lost his business and home when the Westwood Inn caught fire.

A passerby spotted smoke coming from the inn around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Crews fought the fire by carving a hole into the roof of the inn with chain saws and cutting into the ceiling of one of the units.

"That allows some of the heat and smoke to exit the building," said Sergeant Gary Valentine. "It makes it easier for us to find the fire."

Thick black smoke billowed from the roof but there was no clear sign flames.

"It is an extra challenge. Think of it as walking into a dark room and closing your eyes and doing everything by feel," Valentine said.

Firefighters contained the fire to the front section of the roof by a fire wall, and then extinguished the flames.