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SHORT TAKES: Lofty goals set for 2013

By now, you know what headlines claimed the top spots in 2012. And all of us, as we do each year, look with anticipation toward the next 12 months. But this year, the hopes seem a little more critical, urgent even, on a variety of fronts — the economy, political compromise, budget issues and drugs. Here’s what we would like to see:


Mail carrier in critical condition after being struck by tow truck

A mail carrier was critically injured on his route this afternoon after his car was struck by a tow truck. According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash happened at the intersection of Derby Road and Fleck Road around noon.

Firefighters battle the blaze at Nelson’s Speed Shop during the early morning hours of June 22. — File photo

2012: The Year in Review (Photo Gallery)

The Daily News staff picks the top 10 local stories of 2012.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 31, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

A call from a neighbor walking his dog who spotted smoke coming from this Como Lake home Saturday evening likely saved the home burning as firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished a fire in the basement. — Cory Smith/Daily News

Oakfield Township resident praised for saving house from fire

A family’s house was saved from a fire on Saturday and a neighbor, who was walking his dog, is getting the credit. “If it wasn’t for him, it would have been a total loss,” said Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker.

The former pickle docks are circled in red on the south end of Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. The property may one day become residential. — Courtesy photo

‘Eyesores’ could see development in Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan

If all goes as planned, three area eyesores may soon be transformed into vibrant additions to their respective communities. Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan are about to enter into the second stage of an inspection process that could allow either new construction or demolition of existing structures at sites that have, until recently, been deemed too environmentally hazardous for development.

The most recent Barren Dash took place Jan. 28, 2012. Pictured at far right are event director Allison DeMara and her daughter, Joslin, along with other participants. The next Barren Dash will take place March 2 at Montcalm Community College to raise funds to help heat homes in Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties. — Courtesy photo

EightCAP preparing to host Walk For Warmth fundraisers

Many West Michigan residents will struggle once again to heat their homes and pay their rent this winter. Officials from EightCAP Inc. are hoping events from the eighth annual Walk for Warmth effort will help ease some of this stress.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 29, 2012

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About 330 bags of groceries were made up for families to take home with them on Thursday from the Greenville community meal. From left, volunteers Lucas Christensen, Danata Paulino and Brianna Van Houten get the bags of groceries ready. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Free holiday meal feeds Greenville-area families

Many people took advantage of a free meal offered to those who may go without this holiday season. Lori Linderman of Greenville attended the meal Thursday afternoon in the Greenville High School cafeteria with her five children and her father.

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Belding Skate Park receives $10,000 donation from DTE

As DTE Energy Regional Manger Roger Royer held a giant check in the amount of $10,000 to be given to the Belding Skate Park Committee, he reflected on the importance of helping to bring the skate park to downtown Belding at Central Riverside Park.