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Tri County’s ‘Top Gun’ graduates from Annapolis

Megan Wolowicz was inspired to join the Navy after watching “Top Gun.” Last month, the 2008 Tri County High School graduate followed in the footsteps of that movie’s larger-than-life characters by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In return for her bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, she will now serve the Navy.

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New Marshall in town: Village of Pierson has new president

The long-troubled village of Pierson has a new leader – and he has plans for positive change in this tiny town. Marshall Dillon, who previously served on the council, ousted Karl Van Haren as president in the Nov. 6 election. Dillon received 21 votes as a write-in candidate compared to Van Haren’s 19 votes. Van Haren did not request a recount.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 2, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Greenville senior Michael Schmidt goes for a pin during a match at home this season. Schmidt is 18-3 this year and ranked No. 10 at 119 pounds in Division 2.

Greenville’s Schmidt having strong senior year

Greenville senior wrestler Michael Schmidt is looking to close out his senior season on a high note. The 119-pounder is currently 18-3 overall — started the season with seven consecutive pins — and ranked No. 10 in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com.

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SHORT TAKES: Lofty goals set for 2013

By now, you know what headlines claimed the top spots in 2012. And all of us, as we do each year, look with anticipation toward the next 12 months. But this year, the hopes seem a little more critical, urgent even, on a variety of fronts — the economy, political compromise, budget issues and drugs. Here’s what we would like to see:

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Mail carrier in critical condition after being struck by tow truck

A mail carrier was critically injured on his route this afternoon after his car was struck by a tow truck. According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash happened at the intersection of Derby Road and Fleck Road around noon.

Firefighters battle the blaze at Nelson’s Speed Shop during the early morning hours of June 22. — File photo

2012: The Year in Review (Photo Gallery)

The Daily News staff picks the top 10 local stories of 2012.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 31, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

A call from a neighbor walking his dog who spotted smoke coming from this Como Lake home Saturday evening likely saved the home burning as firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished a fire in the basement. — Cory Smith/Daily News

Oakfield Township resident praised for saving house from fire

A family’s house was saved from a fire on Saturday and a neighbor, who was walking his dog, is getting the credit. “If it wasn’t for him, it would have been a total loss,” said Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker.

The former pickle docks are circled in red on the south end of Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. The property may one day become residential. — Courtesy photo

‘Eyesores’ could see development in Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan

If all goes as planned, three area eyesores may soon be transformed into vibrant additions to their respective communities. Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan are about to enter into the second stage of an inspection process that could allow either new construction or demolition of existing structures at sites that have, until recently, been deemed too environmentally hazardous for development.