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JUST IN: Greenville police chief arraigned on healthcare fraud charge

The director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety was arraigned this morning on a charge of felony healthcare fraud.

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IN BRIEF: Belding council approves signage

Three new signs will be installed in Belding after being given the go-ahead by the City Council on Tuesday evening.

Montcalm Area Reading Council co-Director Jonathan LaFond works on paperwork during office hours Friday afternoon. MARC is focused on providing support and resources for improved literacy for children and adults in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local organization’s new leadership focusing on literacy

Reading is fundamental, a skill that is vital for success, professionally and personally.

Unfortunately, for some people, reading can be a difficult task and a troublesome skill to learn. There are pushes at the state level to improve literacy levels for elementary school students, but the struggles of learning to read are not limited to children. Adults struggle with reading as well, which can perpetuate difficulties in their own children, and so the cycle continues.

The Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC), which is based at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville, works to improve literacy rates for adults and children. Jonathan LaFond and Allen Demorest lead the council. LaFond was appointed by the council’s board of directors in February 2016 to be the director of MARC, but he found there was simply too much to be done.

Voyage Pictures, a Grand Rapids-based video production company, shot video of keyboardist Tim King, bassist Chris Kuiper and lead vocalist Rich Hopkins, along with other DEEPFALL members not pictured.

Trufant location chosen for Greenville band’s music video

The members of the rock band DEEPFALL have some big dreams. Tim King, keyboardist and manager, says the group hopes to “go as big as we can manage,” hopefully touring the nation or globe while keeping their roots in Greenville, where they have a private studio.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 3, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

Carson City-Crystal's Kaleb Barrett, white jersey, gets between two Fulton players to put up a shot during the teams' “Battle On M-57” Friday night.

CC-Crystal falters to Fulton in ‘Battle On M-57′

A few bad plays cost Carson City-Crystal Friday night. The Eagles had enough turnovers to lose to the Fulton Pirates 55-47 in the second annual “Battle On M-57” between the teams. “It was tough because it was a rivalry game, but I think we’ll learn from it and become better for it so it was [...]

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New year, new life: Greenville residents transform their lifestyles via weight loss

GREENVILLE — With the bright lights of an auditorium shining from above, and an audience full of friends, peers and strangers seated before him, Mike Walsh had placed himself in the spotlight. Performing at Greenville High School’s annual R3 concert, the Baldwin Heights Elementary School principal is no stranger to standing before hundreds of people. [...]

Former Lakeview wrestling coach Pat Boyd holds up newspaper clippings from the 1981 state finals in which his team finished 14-0 on the year and were state runners-up in Class B that year.

Pat Boyd, Lakeview wrestling founder, to be honored at Wildcats’ Jan. 4 meet

Four guys. That’s all Pat Boyd had to start a wrestling program in Lakeview. Boyd, a Saginaw native, excelled in football. He was a two-time all-state quarterback at Saginaw Saint Peter and Paul and he’s regarded as one of Central Michigan University’s greatest quarterbacks. But if you ask Boyd, he will tell you, it’s wrestling that is “in his blood.”

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, Clerk Kristen Millard and commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn listen to budgetary concerns during a meeting earlier this year. The county made $1.7 million in budget cuts and hired three legal and accounting firms to investigate what went wrong with the county’s financial situation. — File photo

2016 Daily News Top Local Stories of the Year

This year, Montcalm County lost a controller-administrator and hired a new leader, made $1.7 million in budget cuts equating to a loss of 30 jobs, fired its auditing firm and contracted with three new firms to investigate what went wrong with the county budget over the past decade.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss

Felony fraud warrant issued for Greenville police chief

A warrant was issued this week for the director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety on charges of felony healthcare fraud.