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Farmhouse knockdown brings early history to life

When Bev and Tim Wyckoff decided to demolish an old farmhouse on their property, they never expected to discover so much history contained within the building’s walls.

State Librarian Randy Riley, top left corner, speaks with community members and library staff members at Carson City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State librarian returns home to visit Carson City Public Library

Randy Riley’s new position may now have him representing the entire state of Michigan, but he’ll always refer to the small communities of Hubbardston and Carson City as home. Riley, who was named Michigan’s state librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th, has spent his first few months becoming acclimated to his new position. In one of his first ventures away from Lansing, he returned to his roots Tuesday by visiting his hometown of Hubbardston and nearby Carson City Public Library.

At top right, Ethan Bollone, 4, of Saranac, picks blueberries (seen close up at top right) at Bird Berry Farms in Orleans Township Friday afternoon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Local blueberry farms prospering in mild summer conditions

As 7-year-old Adam Lasco of Edmore crawled his way deep into a blueberry bush at Bird Berry Farms, picking away at the plentiful berries, he suddenly faced a dilemma. The number of berries in his bucket somehow appeared to remain the same.

Artist Luverne Adamson, of Vestaburg, who painted this year’s 2014 Danish Festival mural to the theme of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Red Shoes,” tears away a tarp friday morning to unveil the mural at Preferred Credit Union in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

2014 Greenville Danish Festival mural unveiled

When residents and visitors alike stroll past the new Danish Festival mural that now hangs alongside its predecessors, they will catch sight of a young peasant girl who boasts an expression of pure joy, warmth and happiness.

Shawna Robinson, left, and her son Patrick, of Greenville, inquire with Mary Mastaglio of Comfort Keepers during Tuesday evening’s resource fair at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. — Daily News/Cory Smith

One Book One County program provides direction, help for job seekers

For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, discusses with Board Vice President Timothy Flynn during Monday evening's Belding School Board meeting at the Belding Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board compensation reinstated for Belding School Board members

For the first time since 2011, members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education will be compensated for their services for the upcoming school year.

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Belding 4-Hers shine bright at Ionia Free Fair

With abundant carnival rides spinning and twirling, games galore, and the smell of fried food wafting through the air, the Ionia Free Fair is about as carefree and fun as anyone would expect from one of the world’s largest free-admission fairs.

But if you look just a little further past the colorful fantasy world of summer fun, you’ll find some of the hardest working youths in Ionia County, who spend hours every day caring for their animals as they partake in one of the biggest weeks of their lives.

VFW 5065 Commander Donald Rule delivers a welcome speech to an audience of more than 60 people Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW Post for the Meet the Candidates forum. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

The span over the Flat River on Main Street in Belding is now closed to traffic as construction crews work to replace the bridge, cutting off one of the main hubs of traffic into downtown Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Downtown Belding businesses struggling during road construction

As local business owner Bonita Steele stares out her storefront window of the Belding Mini Market through a vacant parking lot, she only observes more of the same. Located directly across her business on W. Main Street is Millie’s Family Restaurant, which also stands still without a single customer inside.

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a proposal to install LED lighting at both Belding City Hall (pictured) and the city's Department of Public Works building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding approves LED lighting at City Hall, DPW building

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously 5-0 tonight to accept a proposal for LED lighting at Belding City Hall and the city’s Department of Public Works building.