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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

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

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.


Funeral Notices – Dec. 28, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.


Sheridan man injured in Greenville crash

A Sheridan man was extracted from his vehicle and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to Lafayette Street and Judd Street at about 7:10 p.m. for an accident.

A poster created in memory of the nine horses that perished in a fire at Winterspring Dressage near Carson City this past August. — Courtesy photo

Cause of Carson City-area fire that killed 9 horses remains unknown

The cause of a summer fire that killed nine horses and destroyed parts of a Carson City-area farm remains unknown. Michael and Sue Thome learned their barn was on fire when a passing motorist stopped and pounded on their door to alert them. The Crystal Township Fire Department responded to the fire around 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Winterspring Dressage at 5260 S. Mount Hope Road.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

GUEST VIEW: Focusing on children will make us all better

The tragic events in Newtown, Conn., have had a sobering effect on all of us. Like many others, it has caused me to ask what is happening in our great country that seems to be accelerating the frequency and horror of such events.