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Lakeview freshman Nolan Saxton goes for a pin during the Lakeview Invitational this season. Saxton was one of two Wildcats to qualify for the individual state tournament this year.

Lakeview coach says wrestling team made progress

Lakeview’s wrestling team had a good season, according to coach Todd Barton. “I feel the 2013-2014 season went really well,” Barton said. “I feel we could have done better, but performed well with the amount of young wrestlers we have. The progress from last year to this year has been tremendous. A lot of second year wrestlers stepped up and fulfilled leadership roles. The kids seem excited to be in the room and they enjoy learning and excelling at the sport. When the kids enjoy what they are doing and they have faith in their leaders success will happen.”

Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to roll over Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the O-K Blue Conference championships Feb. 1.

Belding matmen ‘dealt with some adversity’

Even though the Belding wrestling team finished with a good record, it was a trying time for the Redskins. The team had to rearrange lineups constantly, noted coach Travis Meyer.

Greenville’s Ryan Johnson holds his latest 300 ring. Johnson recently bowled a 300 from the left side. He has 16 as a right-hander.

Tragedy leads to rare bowling feat

Bowling is just a game. For some, bowling is just a hobby, a night out of the house. For others, it’s about competition and being the best. But mostly, it’s just a game.

Fifth grade students at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville wrote personal letters to different authors around the world requesting the donation of one book to go to children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Pictured are Kennadi Battreall, 11, left, and Pheobe Sower, 10, reading during class Tuesday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Cedar Crest students persuade authors to donate books to children’s hospital

Inside one of the more than 80 books to be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a quote: “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” Sometimes the only way children at DeVos Hospital can escape from the confines of their hospital room is through the imagination of reading.

Kellenberger shows her team loyalty while resting for a moment before hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Piccu.

S.H.E.: Community leadership is calling for local women

Local women speak about developing leadership roles in their respective communities.

Family isn’t the only thing sisters (from left) Trisha Cole, Amanda Durst and Malorie Newman have in common. All three Cedar Springs High School graduates serve in the National Guard. Cole, who enlisted in 2008, is a sergenat with Echo Company 3-238 Aviation Battalion in Grand Ledge; Durst, who enlisted in 2003, is a sergeant for the 1073rd National Guard Maintenance Divison in Greenville; and Newman, who enlisted in 2009, is a second lieutenant for the 182nd Field Artillery Battalion in Detroit.

S.H.E.: Sisters finds purpose in life, unique bond through National Guard service

Their individual stories are worth ink all by themselves, however, the bond that sisters Amanda Durst, Trisha Cole and Malorie Newman share beyond their family ties is unique in itself.

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UPDATE: Fatal accident victims identified after Lakeview crash

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has released the names of three men involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning near Lakeview. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post responded to the crash at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Road near Lakeview around 10:25 a.m.

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Funeral Notices for March 17, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices Monday, March 17, 2014

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JUST IN: Greenville man dies after apparently running stop sign

A local man died Sunday morning after his car apparently ran a stop sign and was struck by another vehicle. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post responded to the crash at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Road near Lakeview around 10:25 a.m.

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Crystal Township Fire Department officials concerned with well

A troublesome situation with collecting water to battle a recent house fire has the Crystal Township Fire Department concerned for the safety of homeowners as well as firefighters. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage said action needs to be taken with the township’s de-watering well on W. Park Street, which the department uses to fill its water tankers.