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Metal sheets have been placed along the south bank of the Flat River at Central Riverside Park in Belding while DTE Energy workers do remediation work to remove contaminants from the site. — Daily News/Cory Smith

DTE Energy project removing contaminants from Belding park

At first glance, Central Riverside Park is a clean, spacious environment with fields for soccer, courts for basketball and playgrounds and pavilions for family gatherings. But that doesn’t erase decades of history below the surface of the park.

A sign reading “R.I.P. Devon” is strapped to the railing of the Ashfield Street bridge in Belding Monday evening where a candlelight vigil was held in memory of 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘A great kid … with a very big heart’: Belding boy found dead in Flat River

The three-day, community-wide search for a missing 10-year-old Belding boy came to a tragic end Monday afternoon after his body was discovered by divers in the Flat River near one of his favorite fishing spots. Devon Morrison disappeared after he left his home alone to go fishing Saturday. His disappearance spawned a search that involved hundreds of volunteers, supporters and members of law enforcement, who searched night and day for the missing boy. Morrison’s body was found at 12:53 p.m. Monday in the Flat River near the Ashfield Street bridge.

Volunteers and law enforcement officials comb the bank of the Flat River Sunday morning in search of 10-year-old Devon Morrison, who went missing Saturday after fishing in the river. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: ‘We want to find Devon’

Devon Morrison loves fishing. He took up the activity when he found it had a calming affect on his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore’s desk is frequently covered in a large volume of paperwork associated with FOIA requests from Belding resident Kimberly Orlich, who has submitted 175 FOIA requests to the city in seven months. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding officials ‘frustrated’ by woman’s ‘large volume’ of requests

On the second story of Belding City Hall, in a corner office, sits a desk stacked with nearly a dozen folders filled with hundreds of files of paperwork. The office belongs to City Manager Meg Mullendore, who on certain work days admits she cannot recognize the top of her desk, buried in files.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade, speaks during a town hall meeting Tuesday outside of the Belding Burger King to discuss possible U.S. military intervention in Syria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash visits Belding to talk potential U.S. military force in Syria

The setting was informal, but the topic was deadly serious. More than two dozen people took time out of their Tuesday afternoon to meet with U.S. Rep. Justin Amash outside of the Belding Burger King.

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Belding Labor Day festival brings summer to a close

When Belding resident Byron Davey and his wife Debra celebrated their first Belding Labor Day celebration together in 1972, it was just the two of them for the newlywed couple. Forty-one years later, and the Daveys found themselves celebrating yet another Belding Labor Day celebration this holiday weekend, but this time, it was with their three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren.

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.

The 2013 Belding royalty includes, front row from left, Kiddie Queen Audrey Belding, Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson and Kiddie King Reese Houghton; back row from left, Junior Miss court member Alexis Cahill, Top Fundraiser Karah Ring, Junior Miss and Young/Junior Miss Congeniality Kaylyn McQuillan, Miss Belding First Runner-up Courtney Richmond, Young Miss court member Tara Rackham and Young Miss Lauren Barker. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Belding ‘speechless’ after winning 2013 crown

With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.

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Volunteers remove remains of Whites Covered Bridge from the Flat River

Alma resident Howard Larsen could recall several memories of various trips he made in crossing the original Whites Covered Bridge, be it by car or on foot, before the bridge burned and collapsed into the Flat River on July 7. Larsen said he was heartbroken when he first heard of the bridge’s destruction, which was officially declared a crime of arson.

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High school marching bands bring life to autumn season

As summer begins to wind down, there are many elements that begin to signify that autumn is approaching. Leaves begin to shift from green to various shades of orange and red, temperatures turn from warm and humid to crisp and cool and families prepare as the school year begins once again. But another sign of autumn comes in the sound that can be heard nearly every Friday night. As residents and fans pack into home stadiums and students take to the gridiron to best their weekly foe, the initial kick of a leather football is a sure sign that autumn is upon us.