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Belding’s Dakota Foster wrestles against Grant’s Benancio Rodriguez during Saturday’s home invitational. The Redskins went 3-0 on the day.

Belding wrestlers finish 3-0 at home invitational

What was supposed to be an eight-team invitational turned into a regular quadrangular. Regardless, the Belding Redskins put forth a dominating performance by winning all three matches at home on Saturday. Earlier this week, two schools canceled coming to the Redskins Invitational and another was a no-show Saturday morning, leaving the invitational with just four teams.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 15, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a house fire at 600 E. Fairplains Street in Greenville. The home was vacant and the cause is yet to be determined. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Fire damages vacant home in Greenville

A vacant home was damaged by a fire Monday night in Greenville after a neighbor called 911 when they saw smoke.

Gary Lee Jensen

Lakeview DPW director charged with embezzlement

The director of Lakeview’s Department of Public Works is being charged with embezzling from the village’s fleet vehicle fuel program. Gary Lee Jensen, 61, of Lakeview, was arraigned Monday in 64B District Court in Stanton.

Kristen and Bernard Lacy of Sheridan are pictured with their baby boy, Gunnar, who was the first baby of the year born at Carson Health. — Courtesy photo

Carson Health welcomes first baby of the year

The first baby to be born at Carson Health made a grand entrance at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Bernard and Kristin Lacy of Sheridan are the parents of a boy, Gunnar Michael, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth.

The team at Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center is comprised of, from left, Niles Thompson, Mike Pierson, Jeremy Thompson, Kathy Pierson and owner Bob Gilman. The facility will be expanding this spring.

BIZ BEAT: Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center expanding in spring

If there’s a motor under the hood, chances are Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center will be able to fix it. The showroom and shop have been serving the community’s auto and marine needs since officially opening in 2011.

Josh Hockemeyer is one of the newest members of the Michigan State University brass band. The 2012 graduate of Carson City-Crystal High School plays alto saxophone for the band. — Courtesy photo

CC-C graduate playing for MSU brass band

Josh Hockemeyer is one of the newest members of the Michigan State University brass band. The 2012 graduate of Carson City-Crystal High School plays alto saxophone for the band.

Dave Leonard, left, and fellow Tinker’s Folly member Alan Billingham perform a set at River Rock in St. Louis during open mic night. — Courtesy photo

Hurdy gurdy man brings 1,000-year-old instrument to life

Written and recorded in 1968 by folk artist Donovan, “Hurdy Gurdy Man” remains one of the most recognizable songs of a generation. Yet many have no idea what, precisely, a hurdy gurdy is, or why someone would employ one to sing songs of love. Like the instrument itself, the precise history of the hurdy gurdy is largely unknown, locked away in time’s immutable amber. Scholars contend it existed prior to the 11th century and is generally thought to have originated in either the Middle East or Western Europe.

Karen Morales, left, along with Darlene Harkrader, center, and Linda Pastor help keep the Arms of Love Secondhand Store and Hands of Jesus Food Pantry up and running. The pantry services the needs of hundreds of area families each month, operating on an all-volunteer basis. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Arms of Love sale funding Greenville food pantry Wednesday through Sunday

When the Hands of Jesus food pantry first opened its doors just over 13 years ago, Karen Morales’ charitable effort was no more than a small, spare room serving the needs of three area families. Like a mustard seed in fertile soil, however, that modest undertaking quickly grew, filling a need many weren’t even aware existed. Now, Morales’ all-volunteer pantry, which she manages with her sister, Darlene Harkrader, helps feed hundreds of needy families each week. That number is only growing larger, Morales said.


Coral family of eight loses home to Sunday morning fire

A Coral family is being helped by members of the close-knit community after losing almost everything in a Sunday morning house fire. Alfred and Kari Hadrich smelled smoke around 9:45 a.m. and found a fire in a back corner of a downstairs bedroom. They made it safely out of the home, along with their six children, who are ages 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.