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A poster created in memory of the nine horses that perished in a fire at Winterspring Dressage near Carson City this past August. — Courtesy photo

Cause of Carson City-area fire that killed 9 horses remains unknown

The cause of a summer fire that killed nine horses and destroyed parts of a Carson City-area farm remains unknown. Michael and Sue Thome learned their barn was on fire when a passing motorist stopped and pounded on their door to alert them. The Crystal Township Fire Department responded to the fire around 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Winterspring Dressage at 5260 S. Mount Hope Road.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

GUEST VIEW: Focusing on children will make us all better

The tragic events in Newtown, Conn., have had a sobering effect on all of us. Like many others, it has caused me to ask what is happening in our great country that seems to be accelerating the frequency and horror of such events.

Lakeview Police Officer Dave Mack previously served as a part-time school resource officer for Lakeview Community Schools from February 2009 until his position was eliminated later that year due to school budget cuts. Mack is now a full-time officer with the Lakeview Police Department. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Community Schools considering resource officer

The tragic shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 has left many schools nationwide reviewing their own safety policies — including Lakeview. Officials from the Lakeview Police Department, Lakeview Community Schools and the village of Lakeview have been in talks to review current emergency plans and procedures and to explore additional security measures in the Lakeview school district.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 27, 2012

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No one hurt in Lakeview Christmas Day fire

Grease is believed to be the cause of a fire that left a resident’s home destroyed on Christmas Day. Lakeview District Fire Department was dispatched to the home on Niles Street at about 6:17 p.m. on Dec. 25.

Greenville’s Parker Syrjala, right, moves the ball along the sideline during a game against Tri County at home. The Yellow Jackets are 3-2 overall.

Greenville to face Catholic Central

The Greenville Yellow Jackets have already faced a couple of quality basketball teams this season. Tonight, Greenville may see its most talented team yet, when they face Grand Rapids Catholic Central as part of the Cougars boys basketball Holiday Tournament.

Carson City-Crystal’s Hunter Clark, left, fires a shot despite the defense of Vestaburg’s Keegan Scott during the Eagles’ game against the Wolverines Dec. 7.

Montabella, CC-Crystal prep for Shepherd tourney

A pair of local teams will be heading to Shepherd today to participate in a holiday basketball tournament. Montabella and Carson City-Crystal will be busy today, as they are set to play in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament. The Eagles will take on Ithaca at noon, while the Mustangs will face the South Grand Rapids Homeschoolers at 2 p.m.

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GUEST VIEW: Clean out those medicine cabinets

The Medication Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County (MDCMC) was formally created in January 2011 and recently joined Drug Free Montcalm (DFM). In the past, the MDCMC coordinated Medication Drop-off Days with local law enforcement throughout our county. Due to Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations, law enforcement had to obtain permission to accept legal controlled substances (which include narcotics) at the disposal events. In recent years, the DEA began to grant permission for medication drop-boxes to be placed in law enforcement agencies. Our local law enforcement encouraged the MDCMC to find a way to obtain these boxes, as they provide a much more convenient and accessible disposal method for the public.

From left, volunteers Jason Compton, 16, of Greenville, Nick Badder, 17, of Belding and Miranda Brodock, 25, of Belding, serve dinner to patrons at the Bridge Street Cafe in Belding during the annual free Christmas Eve dinner. — Daily News/Cory Smith

More than 400 attend free dinner at Belding’s Bridge Street Cafe

For Marie Brodock, Christmas Eve was sometimes a day spent alone as her children spent the day with their father. But for the past several years, that festive day that so many spend with family hasn’t seemed so lonely for the Greenville resident as she travels a few miles south to Bridge Street Cafe in Belding.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 26, 2012

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