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