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The U.S.S. Edsall DD-219, pictured here in the San Diego harbor in the 1920s, was laid down by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company Sept. 15, 1919 and launched on July 29, 1920, which Norman Edsall's sister, Bessie, attended. The destroyer was commissioned Nov. 26, 1920. She was sunk in February 1942, during World War II, at the hands of Japanese naval vessels, roughly 5,300 miles away from where Norman Edsall was killed in 1899.

Saginaw man’s curiosity leads to heroic war story with local ties

The more you learn about certain parts of history, the more you yearn to know more. That’s how Randy Knepper came to know Norman Edsall, his great-uncle and Greenville native who perished in a small battle in 1899. Although they are separated by 82 years, Knepper, 61, of Saginaw, probably knows more about Norman Edsall than any other living soul today. Unbeknownst to perhaps many Greenville residents, Edsall is a famous name in the U.S. Navy.

Miss Sheridan Springfest 2016 and her court were one of several festival queen entries in Monday's Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Memorial Day parade keeps honor alive (PHOTOS)

In 1942, following the bombing of the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, the United States joined World War II. Hundreds of young men felt the pull of their patriotic duty and went to enlist in the armed forces. John Hansen, then age 23, was one of those.


UPDATE: Lockdown at Belding Area Schools lifted

Schools in the Belding district are currently on external lockdown while the Belding police department searches for a person of interest.


Funeral Notices for May 31, 2016

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Belding community hears parks update

Representatives from the architectural firm SmithGroupJJR of Ann Arbor presented four different plans for revamping parks to Belding community members at a recent meeting. Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell returned to town after gathering information from the public about what they would most like to see during a meeting of Belding’s recreation advisory board in April.

Dylan Matulis, one of five valedictorians, receives his diploma from Tri County Area Schools Board of Education member Keven Hoisington during Thursday evening’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County sends off 158 graduating seniors

Erik Barnard’s parents were involved in a car accident last March. Daniel Barnard, 66, of Muskegon died at the scene in California. Linda Barnard was seriously injured and continues to recover.

When Erik, a social studies teacher at Tri County High School, was asked to give the commencement address at Tri County’s graduation ceremony Thursday evening, he wanted to leave a lasting impression on the 158 graduates of the class of 2016.

The Belding High School class of 2016 throws their caps into the air in celebration after the conclusion of Thursday evening’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School graduates 151 seniors

It was lucky for Belding seniors and their families the commencement ceremony was held indoors, owing to a brief but torrential downpour of rain Thursday evening.

“I think that’s rain, actually, so it’s a good thing we’re not on the football field,” Principal Brett Zuver quipped during his opening comments.


Veterans of 26th Marine Regiment will gather in Stanton

When U.S. troops returned from Vietnam, many carried memories best forgotten, but impossible to forget. Memories of acts and times beyond the ken of those who were never “in country.”

Unlike their World War II predecessors who were greeted with cheers and parades, these boys returned to American soil vilified, pariahs in the very country they thought they had been fighting for. They were spat upon, labelled “baby killers.”


Funeral Notices for Saturday, May 28, 2016

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Members of the 2016 graduating class of Grattan Academy High School throw their caps high into their air following their graduation ceremony Wednesday evening.

17 Grattan Academy students finish final step of high school

In addressing his fellow graduates, valedictorian Josiah Jacobsson had a simple message for the Grattan Academy High School Class of 2016 — “enjoy the present and live for today.”