Darrin Clark

A reunion of a brother and two sisters separated for over 80 years took place Thursday at Turk Lake Restaurant. Pictured above are, from left, Goldie Godden, Ginny Holstead, Ralph Palmer, Bob Higgins, Irene Palmer, Sherry Higgins, Marilyn Hole-Beerman and Goldie’s daughter, Brenda Sancett. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Brother, sisters reunite at Turk Lake Restaurant after 80 years apart

The story of Ralph Palmer and his sisters — both the one he grew up with and the one he hadn’t met before last Thursday — reads like a novel from Dostoevsky. The characters are myriad and the plot convoluted. And the ending, the payoff, was over 80 years in the making.

Sisters Paris Yarhous, 14, left, and Darby Stroud, 11, of Belding, let out a scream in excitement Friday evening as they ride the “Scramber” carnival ride in downtown Belding during the Belding Labor Day Celebration Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s annual Labor Day festival continues through Monday

While the world may be settling down for the final holiday weekend of the summer, the wheels are turning in Belding — as in ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirl carnival rides, which have transformed the city for the weekend as it celebrates the 108th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration festival.

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SHORT TAKES: Summer cooler brings relief

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, but it felt more like fall this weekend with highs in the 60s and low 70s. Great weather for golfing and working in the yard without having to worry about bugs. But you had to bundle up to do it.

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Funeral Notices for June 10, 2013

Read Funeral Notices for Monday, June 10, 2013

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MAKING THE GRADE: Some education bills being considered require our response

For several weeks we have been discussing the history and philosophy of public education. Now it is time to put that information into practice. Some bills have been introduced in Lansing that merit response from the citizens that they will impact.

Guest View | Judy Emmons

GUEST VIEW: Time to honor sacrifice of America’s heroes

We owe a great debt to the brave patriots who answered the nation’s call to defend our liberty. We enjoy the blessings of freedom today due to the selfless courage of America’s service men and women, many of whom protected our lives at the cost of their own.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 22, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

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Howard City boy succumbs to rare genetic disease

A Howard City boy has lost his fight with a rare genetic disease. Breylon Senn, age 4, died at home Friday after battling mitochondrial disease. He is the son of Gavin and Ashlee Senn of Howard City.

Ranney Lake, aa private lake located in the upper northwest corner of Ionia County just south of the county line and north of Belding, is in jeopardy of seeing its lake level drop significantly because a dam maintaining the lake level is in disrepair. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Ranney Lake in need of new dam

An Ionia County lake in jeopardy of seeing its lake level drop significantly is on course to receive repairs on a dam that will properly maintain the lake level for another 30 years. Ranney Lake, located in the upper northwest corner of Ionia County just south of the county line and north of Belding, is a private lake with approximately 14 lots surrounding it.

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SHORT TAKES: Local leader scores appointment

Congratulations to Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, who has been appointed to the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors.