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Members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety coordinate a police escort of two homes from Marvel Drive to Coffren Avenue on Thursday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Habitat relocates 3 houses donated by Spectrum Health

Residents of this community were treated to one of the more unique “parade of homes” in recent memory on Thursday.

At 9 a.m., two homes on Marvel Drive were transported throughout town via semi trucks, guided by a police and fire escort and accompanied by utility and public works employees as they traversed down several city streets.

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Former Greenville police chief pleads to health care fraud

The former director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has pleaded as charged to health care fraud.

Mark Reiss, 50, of Greenville, and his ex-wife Christine Reiss, 47, of Grand Haven, were both charged with the maximum four-year felony after allegations that Christine illegally remained on Mark’s health insurance plan with the city of Greenville with Mark’s knowledge after the couple divorced in 2014. The amount of the fraud is between $113,000 and $130,000.

Members of the 2017 graduating class of Flat River Academy celebrate their accomplishment Wednesday evening by tossing their caps high into the air outside of the school. — Courtesy photo/Kim Jordon

Flat River Academy students celebrate graduation

Graduating from high school is an indicator of great change in one’s life, and for the senior class of Flat River Academy, they are a testament of moving forward through positive change.

Greenville City Councilman Larry Moss, right, asks a question in regards to the city’s proposed 2017-2018 Capital Improvement Program budget Tuesday evening, as Councilwoman Sylvia Warner listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville proposing $21 million in projects

With a “little extra money” in comparison to previous years, this city’s proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget has come forward with some ambitious goals. On Tuesday evening, the Greenville City Council met during a special meeting to review the proposed budget which expands out six years, although City Manager George Bosanic limited the presentation to the 2017-2018 fiscal year, as it applies to the upcoming fiscal year budget to be approved in June.

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JUST IN: Former Greenville police chief pleads to health care fraud

The former director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety pleaded today as charged to health care fraud.

Attorney Jeff Soles, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard observe Tuesday as a recount is done by Home Township on-call election worker Jane Anderson Beach and Home Township Deputy Clerk Shelley Crosby. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville school bond vote recount yields same results in Eureka Township

A recount of votes centered around alleged fraudulent activity regarding a school bond vote revealed no change Tuesday.

The Montcalm County Board of Canvassers oversaw a recount of votes of Eureka Township — one of seven precincts that voted — from the May 2 Greenville Public Schools bond vote. After 90 minutes of hand-counting, the results proved to be exactly the same — 415 “no” votes to 399 “yes” votes out of 820 votes casts in that township, with six votes listed as “non-countable.”

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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

From left, Central Montcalm students Mason Zimmerman, Anna Lake, Landen Papendick, Britney Wittkopp and Trinity DuVall, health teacher Nancy Jerry, art teacher Laura Ruggles and Montcalm Care Network Peer specialist Denise VanderKlok celebrate the students artwork they created as part of a partnership with Montcalm Care Network. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Care Network recognizes community members at luncheon

Montcalm Care Network is working to create meaningful work to achieve meaningful lives from the whole community. On Friday, they honored community members who are partnering with them to achieve that mission during the Fourth Annual Community Luncheon.

Ivana Rivera of Belding and Kristen Green of Howard City supervise their children and other children during their homeschool group’s weekly play date at McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township on Thursday afternoon. The park serves as a central location for the inclusive homeschool group which has families in Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville and Howard City, among other locations.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

All Montcalm County parks have been adopted for the year

As children played on slides and swings, ran amongst the tall trees and explored the shores of the Flat River on Thursday afternoon, their mothers rested in the shade of the pavilion at McCarthy Park.

The members of the inclusive homeschool group from Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville, Howard City and points beyond use the park on M-91 just north of Greenville as a central location for a weekly playdate gathering. The group was relieved to learn the Montcalm Township park would not be closing this year despite Montcalm County budget cuts.

The Ricker family of Cedar Springs, from left, mother Kim, brothers Preston, 13, Brison, 16, and father Brian, continue to fight daily as Brison battles against an inoperable brain tumor he was diagnosed with in January 2016. — Courtesy photo

Mancino’s to host fundraiser to benefit Cedar Springs family

In looking for sibling strength in overcoming the greatest of odds, one has to look no further than brothers Brison and Preston Ricker of Cedar Springs.

On Jan. 23, 2016, Brison, 16, was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, referred to as a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain.