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Greenville Daily News delivery staff cut before Christmas

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Less than two weeks before Christmas, nearly all the motor and foot carriers who deliver the Daily News are out of work, fired Monday during a mandatory meeting with publisher Julie Stafford.

"We walked into our job to deliver our papers and every one of the drivers and foot route carriers and drop carriers all got canned without any kind of notice and without any kind of regard for the holiday," recalls former delivery driver Brandy Allen.

Stafford says subscribers will now get
their copies of the paper in the mail. She says readers will benefit from the new delivery system.

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Gas prices are closing in on the $2 mark in parts of Michigan, according to gasbuddy.com.

Drivers reporting on the website say regular gas at several stations in the Greenville area have dropped to $2.08 a gallon.  Lowell has the second lowest gas prices, at $2.10 a gallon at five stations.

According to the Associated Press, oil has now fallen 47 percent since reaching a peak of $107 a barrel in June this year. The prices are good news for consumers but there are also worries the recent plunge is a sign of a sickly global economy.

Raffle to help rebuild Whites Bridge

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The effort to rebuild the historic Whites Bridge in Ionia County's Keene Township, near Smyrna, is pushing forward.

The wooden bridge caught fire in July 2013.

Investigators believe it was intentionally set, but nobody responsible for it has been caught.

An effort to rebuild it started shortly after the fire. The Whites Bridge Historical Society is selling raffle tickets, starting December 15, to help raise money.

The drawing will be held in April, with the top prize being a tour of the Mackinaw Bridge for two.

My Town Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

My Town Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

BELDING, Mich.—  Students of Faith Community Christian School will have a long weekend, as administrators shut down the school because of illness.

Principal Kim Borgeson says seven of the school’s 27 students were sick Wednesday.  Their symptoms included coughing and fever.  Borgeson says school employees are concerned it may be whooping cough, but so far there is no diagnosis.

While the school is normally cleaned daily, Borgeson says administrators are following the recommendations of the Ionia County Health Department by shutting down the building Thursday and Friday for a deeper scrub down.  She says workers will focus on disinfecting bathrooms, computer mice, keyboards and other surfaces the children normally come in contact with.

Man legally justified in fatally shooting naked intruder

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The fatal shooting of a naked intruder by a Greenville resident in September was legally justified, according to the Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney.

Prosecutor Andrea S. Krause said in a statement Friday that she came to that conclusion by analyzing reports from the Greenville Department of Public Safety, the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office, the Medical Examiner, and 911 recordings. Krause says the intruder presented an immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to the people in the house he entered and refused to leave peacefully.

Around 7 o'clock in the morning on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 27-year-old John Sherman Russell was found naked and asleep on a couch at a home in the 100 block of S. Barry St. He was a trespasser there.

Greenville educator teaches juggling to elementary kids

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - At Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville, students learn the usual subjects -- and they have the chance to learn juggling, too, in an after-school club for third- through sixth-graders.

In the school gym during a typical session, dozens of students spread out to try to toss three balls in the air and catch them. Baldwin Heights instructor Lori Hostitler tells the students about proper technique. Students are clumped together with other students who have already mastered beginner-level juggling.

Hostitler calls it the Z Club.

To join, students need to juggle the ball for each letter of the alphabet. In other words, they need to toss the balls in the air 26 times. If they can do that without dropping them, then they are part of Z Club for life.

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.