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Charges filed against man who fled police, crashed in Greenville (W/Dash-cam VIDEO)

A Marion man who led police on a high-speed chase through Greenville before crashing his car into a tree is facing multiple felony counts following his arraignment Monday.

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Valedictorian-salutatorian policy debated at Lakeview schools meeting

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education will review their current policy on valedictorians and salutatorians following an impassioned plea from Lakeview resident Paul Main. Main’s son, Dan Main, graduated from Lakeview High School in 2006 at the top of his class of 139 students. For his efforts, Paul Main said his son received nothing but a copy of his transcript.

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Chinese-language classes to be taught at Walnut Hills Elementary School

Kindergarteners at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville will have the option to start learning the Chinese language starting in the fall. Greenville Public Schools (GPS) has received a $26,000 grant from College Board in partnership with Hanban/Confucius Institute in Chine to help fund two teachers to teach Chinese language to students.

From left to right, Montcalm County commissioners Lloyd Walker, Betty Kellenberger and John Johansen study a map of the Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. Commissioners are discussing ways they can expand in the park in the future. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River Nature Park plans continue to unfold

Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss expanding the 69-acre Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. The Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee discussed the issue again Monday, led by Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.

Lester Lawrence filled a lockbox with personal mementos and left it at a Crystal bank, where the box went unopened for seven decades. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Century-old mementos key to Crystal family’s history

Lester Lawrence opened a lockbox at a Crystal bank a century ago, filling the container with jewelry, letters, photographs, receipts and other personal mementos. Lawrence died in 1939 at the age of 73. The box went unopened in the bank’s basement for seven decades. In late 2008, Carol Peiffer became branch manager of Chemical Bank in Crystal. While cleaning out the basement, she tried opening the old lockbox, but it had rusted shut. Peiffer eventually had someone drill open the lockbox.

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Funeral Notices for April 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Greenville opens season with shutout of Lakeview

Lakeview’s girls soccer team had three games under their belt going into Monday’s game against Greenville. But it was the Yellow Jackets who looked like the team that had played more games, even though it was their first.

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Montabella golfers return experience

The Montabella Mustangs boys golf team has improved on the course each of the past couple of years. Those improvements are expected to continue with high expectations this year. The Mustangs did not make it beyond districts a year ago, but will be looking to return to regionals and even the state tournament.

Central Montcalm’s Christa DePue, left, clears a hurdle during an event last season. The Hornets host Carson City-Crystal and Montabella on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm track ready to resume season

Both the boys and girls Central Montcalm track teams finished with even records in 2011. Both teams finished the season with 4-4 overall dual records, but will be looking to improve upon that this season.

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SHORT TAKES: Ferris State on the hockey map

Hats off to the Ferris State Bulldogs. Those words came from Boston College coach Jerry York, whose Eagles won the NCAA national championship hockey showdown Saturday night.