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JUST IN: Greenville Department of Public Safety director resigns

The embattled director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has resigned amid allegations of felony health care fraud.

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Greenville pursuing rezoning of Coffren Street property

In following with this community’s master plan, city officials are hoping a potential rezoning of property can eventually bring two new residential homes to town.

During Thursday evening’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, commissioners evaluated a proposal submitted on behalf of the city to rezone a plot of land that is bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln Streets.

The recycling and solid waste options the Montcalm Township Board is currently contemplating could potentially change resident’s solid waste pickup provider or add recycling alongside regular pick up. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Township schedules recycling public hearings

Recycling and solid waste removal have been a hot topic in Montcalm Township for the past eight months.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, the township board inched closer to finding a permanent solution for recycling and waste removal needs by approving language for two public hearings on the issue.

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Greenville gives $5,000 donation to Right Place

As members of Greenville City Council absorbed a presentation on local economic activity Tuesday evening, it didn’t take long to realize they had a unique audience.

Superintendent Linda Van Houten tells members of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education she believes a proposed bond, should it be approved by voters, will touch every student and will allow for transformative educational opportunities. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board approves bond proposal for May ballot

It’s official … a bond proposal will appear on the ballot for Greenville-area voters May 2.

The bond proposal is from Greenville Public Schools and, if approved by voters, will increase the tax levy of property taxes from 6 mils to 7.4 mils. With the funds from the bond, the district will make improvements to facilities, technology, playground equipment and other items.

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IN BRIEF: Flo’s brownfield grant presented to Montcalm County Brownfield Authority

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic provided an update regarding financial assistance for this community’s largest restaurant.

Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures in Montcalm County 64B District Court in Stanton Monday to attorney Curt Benson, center, during the preliminary examination of felony health care fraud, which has been charged against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing Monday. A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemingsen.

Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures to attorney Curt Benson, center, during a preliminary examination for a felony healthcare fraud charge against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing today.

A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial today by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemmingsen.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

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UPDATED: Spencer Township home a total loss, pets perish in fire

Dennis Thomsen was on his way home with a truck full of hay, his mind on feeding his horses, when he saw black smoke billowing into the sky from a distance.