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Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb (73) will be headed to Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to play football for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Whitcomb played center, guard and defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb headed to Northern Michigan University to play football

Blake Whitcomb loves the outdoors. With the college he will be attending, that love will certainly grow. The Greenville senior football player will be playing football in the Upper Peninsula with the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University next year.

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.

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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.

More than a hundred students on 50 teams from schools across the state competed Saturday at the annual Belding High School Vex Robotics Tournament at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding hosts largest robotics competition in history of event

All across the state of Michigan, robotics clubs are growing in popularity. It has taken off so much so in recent years, according to Tom Daller, a Belding High School teacher, the competitions are starting to require an extra stage for competition. Instead of preliminary tournaments to decide which teams will go to state competitions, preliminary tournaments will be the deciding matches for regional competitions.

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.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels makes a no-look pass to teammate Ryan Wenger (10) in the third quarter against Grant Friday. The Hornets lost 57-54. Ebels scored 18 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant’s freshman guard hits six 3’s to down Green Hornets on Parents Night

Central Montcalm coach Dan Basom knew Friday’s opponent had a stellar freshman guard. What he didn’t realize was his ability to shoot moon shots and make them. Carter Chase put on a spectacular shooting performance during the Hornets’ parents night Friday, nailing six 3-pointers and tallying a total of 24 points to lead his Tigers to a 57-54 win.

Central Montcalm senior Libby Ledford slices through the Grant Tigers’ defense to score two of her team-leading 13 points in Friday’s game. The Hornets lost in overtime, 52-47. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant avenges 40-point loss to Central Montcalm with overtime win

  STANTON — Earlier in the basketball season, the Central Montcalm girls basketball team throttled conference foe Grant Tigers by 40 points. Friday night, however, during the Hornets’ parents night, the Tigers took revenge, winning 52-47 in overtime. The Green Hornets (10-4 overall, 5-3 CSAA-Gold) led for much of the second half in the second [...]