Brianna Rowland is graduating from Greenville High School on Sunday. She has overcome many obstacles, including cerebral palsy, to be a participant in track. She will attend Montcalm Community College in the fall to pursue the study of the German language at an university in the future. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville senior overcomes obstacles, pursues language

Brianna Rowland has overcome many obstacles in the most literal sense. Brianna, who will graduate from Greenville High School on Sunday, was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation. Throughout her life, there have been many opportunities for her to give up, to accept the limitations her body has set and not try to exceed them.

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Jorgensen’s grocery store is returning to Greenville

Jorgensen’s closed the doors of its west side store in Greenville in 2010. Seven years later, plans are in the works for the grocery store to return to its former location off of W. Washington Street this summer.


Event reunites Greenville graduates for 128th year

Facebook isn’t the only place alumni of Greenville High School can stay in touch.

The Greenville Alumni Association will host its 128th annual banquet at Greenville Community Church at 5 p.m. Saturday with a social hour starting at 4 p.m.

Greenville Board of Education Trustee Kire Wierda and Ava Lamar, 9, in Jennifer Bowen’s class at Lincoln Heights Elementary School, lead a third grade class in a mindfulness exercise. Ava rings a singing bowl to signal of the session. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

‘Mindfulness’ taught by school board member

The room of third-grade students in Jennifer’s Bowen’s class at Lincoln Heights Elementary School was quiet and the lights were dimmed. The chime of a singing bowl still resonated in the air as Kire Wierda told students to take deep, calming breaths.


Greenville police responding to recent string of car break-ins

A recent string of car break-ins has the Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) warning residents to keep their car doors locked.

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.