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Dave Riches, who has been Belding varsity baseball assistant coach for the past six years, is now the team’s new head coach, taking over the position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who has taken over principal duties at Belding High School. (Courtesy photo)

Dave Riches upgrades from assistant to head coach for Belding varsity baseball

The new Belding varsity baseball manager is a familiar face to returning players. Dave Riches, a 1996 graduate of Belding High School, was named to the job last week, a position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who was recently hired to be a full-time principal for Belding High School.

Madison Jordan, 9, of Edmore, rides down a zip line Saturday during the Edmore Potato Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Potato Festival enjoyed by many despite wet weather

A little bit of rain couldn’t keep Edmore Potato festivalgoers down this past weekend.

Despite intermittent showers, Main Street was lined with families waiting for Saturday’s parade to start. Excited children were practically jumping for joy as they waited to see and hear that first line of emergency vehicles to signify the beginning of the parade.

Miss Belding and her court will reign over the city’s Labor Day festivities this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Kiddie King Bentley Parker, Miss Belding Lauren Thompson and Kiddie Queen Tinley Brown; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner Up Ava Baltruczak, Young Miss Madison Baltruczak, Junior Miss First Runner-Up Jacqueline Quintino, Junior Miss Ana Hintz; Miss Belding First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Krista Hull, Junior/Young Miss Congeniality Katelyn Walch and Young Miss Court member Jacklyn McCarty. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Thompson teen is crowned Miss Belding, again

Lauren Thompson is about to start her senior year at Belding High School, where she is active in band and Leadership Council.

She has also started a successful new hobby: Collecting crowns.

Trufant Jubilee Queen Ashley Lee and her court will represent Trufant at the Trufant Jubilee festival this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Pre-Teen Kia Reyburn, Lee and Princess Jayden Gibbons; back row from left, Pre-Teen court Member Melissa Mckinley, Pre-Teen Court Member Brooklyn Bommer and Pre-Teen court member Lia Huizinga. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager crowned Jubilee queen

Last year, Ashley Lee considered trying out for the Trufant Jubilee Queen’s Pageant. She decided it was too late in the process to jump in and opted to wait one year.

When the Trufant teen entered this year’s contest, she learned she was the only contestant.

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From left, retired firefighters Jim Hopkins, Gary Valentine, Tim Foster, Randy Elzinga and Dave Steffes stand outside the Greenville Department of Public Safety after being recognized for their collective service of 157 years to the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Indispensable’: 5 Greenville firefighters honored in retirement

Be it steadying a hose for a fellow firefighter attempting to extinguish a flame or making trip upon trip inside a burning home to ensure everyone has escaped safety, serving as a firefighter is a duty well worth recognition.

Five local firefighters have put in more time than most, with a combined 157 of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety. They were recognized at the Aug. 16 Greenville City Council meeting.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Police Staff Sgt. and Fire Lt. Brian Blomstrom received an award of merit for for outstanding effort in the area of ISO recertification. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville’s ISO rating improves

On the surface of public safety are many officers, firefighters, large emergency vehicles and noisy sirens.

But behind the scenes, data entry, paperwork and diligence ensures the Greenville Department of Public Safety runs smoothly.

Following the most recent inspection from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) of the city’s fire services, that commitment to excellence has now paid off in a way that will benefit city property owners.

Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.

Greenville Mayor Pro-Tem Frances Schuleit, center, was among those present. She welcomed Murphy’s and Manager Rebecca Buchheister to Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

BUSINESS BEAT: Murphy Oil USA breaks ground in Greenville

After a long process of planning and preparing, Murphy Oil USA officials broke ground Thursday on the site of a future store.

The new gas station will be located on M-57 in front of Walmart, and will offer gas, hot cocoa, soda, milk, lottery tickets, tobacco products, frozen drinks and much more. The store will be open 24/7.

Carson City-Crystal’s Ryan Argersinger tries to dodge two Saranac Redskins players during the first half the the Eagle’s season-opening game at Carson City-Crystal on Friday evening. The Eagles suffered a 45-6 loss. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Young CC-C team absorbs season-opening loss to Saranac

After Carson City-Crystal’s 45-6 season-opening loss to Saranac on Friday evening, new Eagles head coach Ben Brock knows there’s a lot of work to do.

With a young team — including three freshmen and and six sophomores playing on the varsity level — Brock knows his team will be hard challenged in every game. Against Saranac, his team got to see a varsity-level style it needed to see in order to improve.