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Belding off to good start on the volleyball court

It didn’t take long for the Belding Redskins to get into high gear on the volleyball court this season. The Redskins, coming off a second consecutive district title last year (four titles in the past five seasons), opened the season with a championship at The Daily News Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at home.

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ROUNDUP: Prep results from Monday, Aug. 26

Sparta 2, Greenville 1: The Yellow Jackets fell to the Spartans in a close road match on Monday night. Sparta jumped out to a two goal lead in the first half, before the Yellow Jackets found the back of the net…

Greenville’s Clarice Callahan, left, moves by a runner during the track season this May, Callahan is one of eight returning Yellow Jackets to this season’s cross country team.

Greenville girls set for cross country season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls cross country team is just one of many competing today at the Warrior Invitational hosted by Chippewa Hills. Today’s event will be the first of the season for the Yellow Jackets. Area schools Lakeview and Montabella will also compete at the Warrior Invitational.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 27, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Greenville’s Stacey Fitzgerald (3) tries to put an attack past the block of Belding’s Peyton Mount (4) during the finals of The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

Belding tops Greenville in Daily News Invitational

After pool play was done, there were two standout teams at The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament — Belding and Greenville. Both had been undefeated in pool play, so they were the favorites to advance the finals.

Participants in Saturday’s fourth annual Clifford Lake Triathlon gather for a group photo.

Clifford Lake Triathlon has 165 participants

Saturday morning was the perfect time to take a swim, ride a bike or go for a run. Saturday morning was so nice, 165 individuals and/or teams of three all decided to swim, bike and run. They did so as part of the fourth annual Clifford Lake Triathlon in Stanton.

“Tater Tots” from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church marched in Saturday’s Edmore Potato Festival parade. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Firefighters, bull riders ride high at Edmore Potato Festival (Photos)

With its roots in potato farming, Edmore served up loads of potatoes — chips, fries, baked and topped with all the fixings — during last weekend’s Potato Festival. But tasty tubers were just a small part of the farming village’s offerings. Activities began Friday night with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department Appreciation gathering downtown. Great food, fun activities and absolutely perfect weather gave families a way to unwind. For some, it was merely a family outing. For others, it held special meaning of many sacrifices made by local firefighters and others whose eminence will be forever etched in history.

Steve Stewart pictured at his sentencing in June 2011. — File photo

ON THE RECORD: Steve Stewart’s sentence vacated for Sept. 11 chemical explosion

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction but vacated the sentence of Steve Stewart, who built a chemical bomb which exploded in the face of the man who was dating Stewart’s ex-girlfriend.

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Central Montcalm to create collaborative classroom

Instead of pulling special needs students out of the classroom, Central Montcalm staff came up with a different solution — putting caregivers into the classroom.

The 2013 Belding royalty includes, front row from left, Kiddie Queen Audrey Belding, Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson and Kiddie King Reese Houghton; back row from left, Junior Miss court member Alexis Cahill, Top Fundraiser Karah Ring, Junior Miss and Young/Junior Miss Congeniality Kaylyn McQuillan, Miss Belding First Runner-up Courtney Richmond, Young Miss court member Tara Rackham and Young Miss Lauren Barker. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Belding ‘speechless’ after winning 2013 crown

With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.