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The Belding High School marching band marched to an eighth place finish at the Michigan Competing Bands Association state finals Saturday. The band performed “The Bermuda Triangle” and was given one of the highest scores it has received at a state final competition. — Courtesy Photo

Belding High School marching band takes 8th at state finals

After marching its way to the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state finals held at Ford Field Saturday, the Belding High School band can now officially call itself one of the top bands in the state for the 2013-14 school year.

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Belding police officer fired after alleged fight

A longtime Belding police officer has been terminated from his job after his alleged off-duty involvement in a bar fight. Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore confirmed Jason Cooper was terminated from his position as a police officer on Oct. 23. She said Cooper’s termination “revolved around policy and procedural violations.”

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 6, 2013

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Pastor Paul Dickson has been collecting model cars and trains since 1945, when he received his first train set as a Christmas present from his father. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Collection of vintage and model trains and cars a labor of love

There’s a hard-edged romance that rides shotgun with drivers of the big rigs rolling across the ribbons of concrete that make up America’s highway system. The open road, the freedom, a life unchained from the desk, the cubicle, the office; it’s a dream only a few ever realize. Of course, those who actually pilot an 18-wheeler will no doubt tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, that every job has its downside.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 5, 2013

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Kristin Ritter is shown outside the construction site for a Habitat for Humanity build, which will construct a two-story home for her and her two sons. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Habitat for Humanity home taking shape on South Street

For three years, Kristin Ritter has been looking for the perfect home for her and her two young sons, but for one reason or another it just didn’t happen. That is until Habitat for Humanity stepped in. Now, Ritter and her sons, Gaige, 8, and Cailix, 4, are awaiting the construction of their new home, a two-story, three-bedroom home on West South Street in Greenville — definitely a step up from their crowded apartment.

Montabella’s team poses for a photo at Michigan International Speedway Saturday.

Montabella girls finish ninth at state finals

Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman had set a goal for his girls team to finish in the top 10 of the teams in Division 4 race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After finishing ninth with 260 points, Kauffman said the mission was accomplished.

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Greenville faces tough road to district final

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) volleyball district tournaments begin today across the state. The road to a district title for the Greenville Yellow Jackets is always a tough one. This year, isn’t going to be any different, as the Yellow Jackets open up tournament play tonight against the host Forest Hills Northern Huskies in the Class A District No. 7 bracket.

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Vestaburg family displaced by house fire

A small house fire Sunday morning caused significant damage to a home near the corner of 3rd Street and D Ave.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 4, 2013

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