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Blake Bitner of Greenville was the first male to cross the finish line at Crystal Run the Lake with a time of 27:49. — Daily News/Chip Burch

First-timers win 5-mile Crystal Run the Lake

The 17th Crystal Run the Lake running race was a lot cooler than last year’s race. High humidity was nowhere to be found and it helped bring out a lot of runners to the event, which helped get over 80 runners registered on Saturday, Aug. 3, noted Crystal Chamber of Commerce President Janet Shy. She said the route has also changed.

Lana Heintzelman, 5, of Smyrna, waits patiently as Smyrna Social Club member Joana Johnson paints her face during the “160 Years of Smyrna” celebration on Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Festivalgoers mark Smyrna’s 160 years of history in Otisco Township

Marian Wrung hasn’t lived in Smyrna for a number of years now, but she will always call it home. That’s why, when she, her two daughters and granddaughter visited the small community during the “160-Years of Smyrna” celebration Saturday, it was a step back in time.

Erik Kulkoski, at far left, stands with his attorney, Michelle Lyons, in 8th Judicial Circuit Court as a corrections officer prepares to lead Kulkoski to jail and then prison. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

ON THE RECORD: Father sentenced for ‘heartbreaking’ abuse of son

A father was sentenced to prison time recently for “hog-tying and beating” his 10-year-old son as a form of discipline. Erik Kulkoski, 35, and Michelle Kulkoski, 39, of Stanton, were each charged with first- and second-degree child abuse. The charges alleged that Erik “caused serious physical and mental harm by hog-tying and beating the child” numerous times between July and August 2011, while Michelle failed to intervene.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 5, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 3, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Aug. 3, 2013

Scott Slagle, of BrewGadgets in Lakeview, samples one of the many home brews that were featured at this year’s Summerfest Beer Tent. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview homebrew club a source of pride, fun and … beer

Some artists create masterpieces in oils; others work in clay or marble. For the 30-plus members of the Brewgadgeteer’s Homebrew Club in Lakeview, the medium is hops, barley, yeast and … the rest is secret. But the end product is often a masterpiece to rival Monet’s “La Grenouillére.” At least beer drinkers think so.

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First National Night Out set for Tuesday in Howard City

The first local National Night Out will take place Tuesday as part of a countrywide event to recognize and celebrate the relationship between communities and law enforcement officials. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Music in the Park at Ensley Park in Howard City.

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Children, adults, take in history during annual Heritage Festival

When Larry Beard was a child he was told countless tales by his grandfather, a train engineer in Ohio, of the workings of the railroad industry in the late 19th century. Today, Beard shares those the stories and knowledge he obtained long ago from his grandfather with the young children who attend the annual Heritage Festival on the campus of Montcalm Community College.

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Greenville loses “true friend” Carl Barberi

The Greenville community is remembering a man who was not only a true friend, but someone who cared deeply for the educational system.

This week, 12 selected educators from the Greenville Middle School participated in Verizon's 2013 Innovative Learning Schools program, which supplied the school with a $50,000 grant to provide funding for the program through workshops that demonstrated how educators can provide better education through technology. Lead Instructional Consultant Susan Brooks-Young (pictured here) and Instructional Consultant AJ Juliani explain how to be a “digital society.” — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville receives grant to better student education through technology

Greenville Public Schools was one of 12 schools in the nations to be selected for the 2013 Innovative Learning Schools program through Verizon.