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Greenville Department of Public Safety Officer Casey Huber pulled a 65-year-old man to safety from a second-floor bedroom window of this home at 313 E. Cass St. Huber, with the assistance of part-paid fireman Tom Miller, was able to bring the man down from the second-floor roof. — Daily News/Darrin Clark

Greenville fire ruled an arson

A fire at 313 E. Cass Street on Jan. 13 has been declared an act of arson. An investigation by the Greenville Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit of the fire has been completed and according to Public Service Officer Jamie Sorsen, the lead investigator on the case, the fire was intentionally set on the second floor of the structure.

Susan Gould, who was named the MSBOA Orchestra Teacher of the Year Saturday, stands with her orchestra after performing at the Michigan Music Conference Friday at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. — Courtesy/Bob Gould

Greenville director named Orchestra Teacher of the Year

Her students have believed it for years, but Saturday it was made official. The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA)named Greenville High School Band and Orchestra Director Susan Gould Orchestra Teacher of the Year on Saturday during the Michigan Music Conference at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Karen Gostomski’s afternoon preschoolers at Vestaburg Elementary School enjoy circle time. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Early childhood learning requires more than knowing the alphabet

Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Parents eventually learn that preparing children for school involves more than teaching them to write their names or tie their shoes.

Sophia Wright, 8, of Howard City, and Mattilyn Thompkins, 8, of Cedar Spring use colored water to paint a snowball. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

GALLERY: ‘Perfect weather’ for Howard City Winterfest

Sun and snow made a beautiful contrast Saturday at the third annual Howard City Winterfest. Children from throughout the neighborhood and out of town flocked to property near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library for sledding, snow painting and frozen chicken bowling.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 23, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Belding's Zach Johnston hand fights with Lakeview's Koty Burgess during the 171-pound finals at the Lakeview Wildcat Invite on Saturday.

Redskin wrestlers edge host Wildcats in tourney

The Belding Redskins and Lakeview Wildcats were neck and neck most of the day. Both on the wrestling mat and in the Wildcat Invite standings. Belding outlasted the host Wildcats 161-159.5 on Saturday to capture the tournament championship. The Redskins had eight wrestlers place in the top four while the Wildcats had nine wrestlers place.


Yellow Jacket wrestlers fifth at Sparta Invite

Greenville’s wrestling team sent 14 wrestlers to the Sparta Invitaitonal Saturday, and nine came back with medals.
One came back with a trophy.

Belding’s Ron VanDyke elevates to shoot this jumper over a defender from Hopkins during Friday’s game at home. VanDyke scored 17 points to lead Belding.

Hopkins outlasts Redskins 70-63

The Hopkins Vikings had the height advantage and they used it.
The Belding Redskins battled back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter, but could not get over the hump in a 70-63 nonconference loss to the Vikings on Friday night.

“Finding out that you have cancer feels like you have an enemy living inside you - a traitor of sorts - like your body has betrayed you and you don’t know what to do or how to feel,” said Jackie Featherly, a cancer survivor and naturopathic physician.

S.H.E.: Let’s get healthy — Mind, body and spirit

Cancer survivor Jackie Featherly’s motto saved her life: “A positive attitude is a healing attitude.” This way of thinking guided the 67-year-old Vestaburg woman from near death to complete recovery. Today, she uses her personal experience and her training as a naturopathic physician to empower others to get healthy and make a fresh start in their lives — emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Judge Suzanne Hoseth

S.H.E.: Local lady leaders share their new year resolutions

A new year often brings intentions for a better quality of life. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, and managing debt. Here at S.H.E, we were curious about what the local female leaders in our community have planned for 2012. So we asked!