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Belding running back Neil McCully stiff arms an Allendale defender during Friday’s game at home. Allendale held on to defeat the Redskins 32-26.

Belding football falls short against Allendale

n their annual Day to Believe game, the Belding Redskins looked like a group that never gave up hope despite trailing visiting Allendale 32-20 in the fourth quarter. After giving up scores on a 94-yard punt return touchdown by Falcon junior Nate Couturier and a fumble return by senior Jon Nielsen for another in the third, the Redskins battled back with a late score in the fourth and a defensive stop to give them a shot to win with 2:00 left.

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West Catholic rolls to 49-19 football victory over Greenville

Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and West Catholic Falcons came into Friday’s game fighting for its playoff lives. Unfortunately, only one team could win. And unfortunately, for the Yellow Jackets, it wasn’t them.

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CC-C football tops Montabella, clinches playoff spot

Carson City-Crystal’s football team will be going back to the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Eagles won their sixth game of the season Friday when they beat Montabella 30-6.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Oct. 4

Newaygo 35, Central Montcalm 8: The Green Hornets didn’t score against the Lions until the fourth quarter, when Newaygo led 35-0…

Pat Kidwell’s grandson, Connor, who was born less than two years after she finished treatment, began kindergarten this year. The retired Vestaburg kindergarten teacher is thankful to be alive to experience it with him.

CANCER AWARENESS: Breast cancer survivor is a true believer in yearly mammograms

“I am a true believer in yearly mammograms,” said Pat Kidwell, 63, of Vestaburg. “I have been cancer free for seven-plus years. Every normal mammogram is a blessing.”

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Greenville church congregations will help feed the needy on Nov. 23

This year, instead of feeding themselves during the Thanksgiving season, dozens of volunteers from several area congregations will do their part to help feed others. Led by Jeff Wilhelm, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and the Greenville Ministerial Association, volunteers will meet from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on M-91 just south of Greenville to put together packages of food for distribution locally and to needy third world countries.

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Funeral Notices – Oct. 5, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: World Series or bust?

The Detroit Tigers begin their quest for its first World Series win since 1984 tonight in Oakland with the start of the American League Divisional Series. Detroit locked up a playoff spot with its third consecutive Central Division title. It was the first time since 1907-09 that the Tigers had won its division three straight times.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Oct. 3

Volleyball Vestaburg 3, Montabella 0: The Wolverines kept the Mustangs from winning the MSAC matchup with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-19 win over Montabella Thursday night. Ryalee Dove led Vestaburg with eight kills and seven aces and Anna Steinhouwer had six assists on the night. Records: Vestaburg is 7-12-5 and 1-2; Montabella is 0-19 and 0-4. [...]