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A Coral man died in a Monday afternoon accident in Cato Township near Lakeview. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

Coral man dies in Cato Township accident

A Coral man died and another man was injured in a single vehicle accident Monday afternoon south of Lakeview. Stephen Duvall, 29, of Coral was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus northbound on Youngman Road around 12:45 p.m. when he lost control near Almy Road. The car veered across the road and hit several trees.

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SHORT TAKES: Positive messages give hope for future

Last week we saw Gov. Rick Snyder give the State of the State address, and we also witnessed the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. It would be hard not to be encouraged about the area’s future given the messages delivered on each of the occasions.

The Rev. Dale Hotelling, second from right, and congregation members from White Pines United Methodist Church are bringing four Feeding America Mobile Food Trucks to feed hungry families in the Rockford area this winter. — Courtesy photo

Rockford area church bringing 20,000 pounds of food to feed hungry families

White Pines United Methodist Church in Belmont set a goal in December to spend less money on unnecessary gifts, instead putting that money toward things that matter. White Pines is a fully-inclusive community of around 50 worshipers who meet each week at the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA on Jupiter Avenue.

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Fire claims Richland Township farmhouse

A farmhouse on the 10000 block of Waldron Road was consumed by fire shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday night. Richland Township Fire Chief Cal Callison said the house is a total loss. Callison there was nothing firefighters could have done to save the structure.

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.

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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.