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Miss Danish Festival 2012 and her court were selected at pageants at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The 2012 royalty includes, front from left, Princess Skylee Aldridge, Miss Danish Festival Emily Smith and Prince Braylon Haist; back from left, Junior Miss first runner up Hannah Grant, Junior Miss Danish Festival Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Danish Festival Dannah Gunn, Miss Danish Festival second runner up Meagan Draper, Miss Danish Festival first runner up Ricki Rood and Young Miss first runner up Mariah Meier. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Dream realized for 2012 Miss Danish Festival

Emily Smith was 13 years old when she was crowned Young Miss Danish Festival 2008, and she knew then one day she wanted to be Miss Danish Festival. That dream came true when she won the coveted crown at the Miss Danish Festival Pageant Saturday evening at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.

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Funeral Notices for August 13, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, August 13, 2012

Michael and Sue Thome own Winterspring Dressage in Carson City. The Thomes lost nine show horses in a fire Friday night.

‘Incredible tragedy’: Carson City couple loses 9 show horses in fire

A Carson City couple lost nine show horses and sustained additional major damages after a Friday night fire at their farm. Michael and Sue Thome own Winterspring Dressage at 5260 S. Mount Hope Road near Carson City.

Members of the VFW Post 5065 hold an MIA and POW ceremony to honor military veterans who never returned from a war. One VFW member is lighting a candle, which symbolized a lone soldier standing up against an oppressor.

Military veterans honored by Metron of Greenville, Hospice of Michigan

GREENVILLE – Twenty-one military veterans who were community members and patients of Metron of Greenville were honored at a ceremony Friday. Metron of Greenville teamed up with Hospice of Michigan to hold a ceremony to honor local veterans called We Honor Veterans Pinning Ceremony. Metron Administrator Deb Gomez said this is the first pinning ceremony [...]

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Lakeview Wildcats to begin year on the road against Morley Stanwood

The Lakeview Wildcats started its football season the past two years with rival Central Montcalm.
That isn’t the case in 2012, but their new opening opponent isn’t any easier. The Wildcats will travel to face conference foe Morley Stanwood on Aug. 24. The Mohawks have won at least 10 games the past three seasons (31-4 overall).

Lakeview quarterback John Zuluga-Torres runs with the ball during Friday’s practice. Lakeview opens the season on Aug. 24 at Morley Stanwood.

Lakeview football prepares for 2012 season in the rain

Neither win nor rain stopped Lakeview’s football team from practicing Friday, getting ready for the season.
It did stop them from doing some things well, noted coach Guenther Mittelstaedt.

Riders In The Sky will bring their unique blend of traditional “cowboy” music and comedy to Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center Sept. 6. The show is partly underwritten by the Ash Foundation.

Riders In The Sky to perform in Greenville Sept. 6

For 33 years, members of Riders In The Sky have been thrilling audiences worldwide with their unique brand of C&W (Comedy & Western) and on Sept. 6 they will bring their act to the stage of Greenville Performing Arts Center.

Miss Stanton 2012 Brandy Foster, center, and her court will reign over festivities at Stanton Old Fashioned Days this weekend. Pictured with Foster are, front row, Duke Kadin Gould-Hunt, Prince Owen Jewell, Princess Izlee Hopkins and Duchess Brianna Marsh; back row, Miss Stanton second runner-up Sabra Leonard, Jr. Miss Stanton Marina Shick, Jr. Miss second runner-up Morgan Woodward, Jr. Miss first runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney and Miss Stanton first runner-up Stacey Decker.

Stanton Old Fashioned Days announces Brandy Foster as 2012 Queen

Isabella Williams and Brandy Foster are best friends and knew that some day they both wanted to be Miss Stanton. Williams, who was Miss Stanton 2011, crowned her friend when Foster was named Miss Stanton 2012 at the Stanton Old Fashioned Days pageant Thursday night at the former Stanton Elementary School.

Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Man injured, AeroMed called after tree branch falls on truck

A 57-year-old man was flown to Grand Rapids after being struck by a falling tree branch last night while he was driving his vehicle northbound on Lincoln Lake Road. His condition was unconfirmed as of Friday night. Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra.

When a livestock breeding farm wants to improve its product and maintain a healthy bovine herd, they call Joe Tarkowski, pictured here at the Ionia Free Fair during the livestock auction event.

FARM & AG: Smyrna’s Joe Tarkowski is local area’s bovine health consultant

To the untrained eye, everything about farm life seems simple. Driving past fields heavy with corn and alfalfa, past cattle grazing contentedly in green pastures, it’s all too easy to get the wrong idea. Farm work is, well, work. Real work.
It’s also art, science and luck. Luck remains elusive, but when it comes to art and science, many of the area’s dairy farmers turn to Joe Tarkowski.