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Murray was welcomed into the Border family as a Christmas present. Two weeks after having Murray in their home, the family believes a neighbor shot and killed the dog. — Courtesy photo

Police investigate after Sheridan family’s dog found dead

The Border family welcomed a new addition to the family, Murray, a two-pound miniature Pomeranian, as an early Christmas present for their 16-year-old daughter Amy. Two weeks later, the family is blaming a neighbor for their heartbreak after finding Murray shot and killed on his property.

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Meeting in Brief: Eureka Township

A report from the Dec. 12 meeting of the Eureka Township Board.

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield, left, drivers around Zeeland East’s Britney Companer during Thursday’s game. Somerfield had a game-high 17 points. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville girls beat Zeeland East at Cornerstone Holiday Tourney

The trip to Cornerstone University for the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament wasn’t a complete loss for Greenville’s girls basketball team. The Yellow Jackets salvaged a split of their two games, winning the consolation game against Zeeland East 50-45 Wednesday night.

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Carson City-Crystal matmen win two at home

Chalk up two more wins for Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team. The Eagles won both their meetings in a quadrangular Wednesday, beating Breckenridge 54-18 and Ovid-Elsie 48-31.

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Meeting in Brief: Montcalm Township

A report from the Dec. 14 meeting of the Montcalm Township Board.

With more than four miles of total cables and thousands of lights, David White’s home lights up every night from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. — Daily News/Cory Smith

VIDEO: Gowen resident offers unique and spectacular Christmas light show

Gowen resident David White has been decorating his home for the holidays for 12 years — he calls it his passion. But if you were to ask someone who has visited the White residence anytime after dark this holiday season, they will more than likely tell you his passion to decorate has created a unique spectacle of lights and music worth paying to see.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 22, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

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Winfield Township retains fire chief, appoints assistant

Amble Fire Chief Bill Knapp is moving out of Winfield Township and offered to resign his post. But the Winfield Township Board voted 3-0 earlier this month to retain Knapp as head of the fire department.

The Nasons met the Malsons on Monday to give them their bag that was accidently placed in the Nason’s car. Afterward, the Nasons treated the Malsons to lunch because of their kindness when helping Marion Nason find her car at Wal-Mart. The Malson’s pictures were to be handed out to friends and family for helping celebrate their 70th anniversary. The Nasons are still newlyweds and will celebrate their one-year anniversary in February. Pictured, from left, is Doris Malson, Charles Malson, Marion Nason and Robert Nason. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Rainy parking lot ride leads to mixup, but keepsakes returned safely

People close to home are spreading kindness to others throughout the holidays. On Dec. 9, Marion Nason of Belding was in tears because she could not find her vehicle in the Greenville Wal-Mart parking lot through the rain and wind.

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Greenville gets high marks on finances

Not only did the city of Greenville receive the highest rating for its audit report, but the report showed the city has a strong control in place. Joe Verlin, director of audit services at Gabridge and Co. in Grand Rapids, told the Greenville City Council on Tuesday night the city received an unqualified opinion for its audit report.