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Disc golfer Brent Spencer, of Smryna, putts his disc into a basket on one of the newly finished back-nine holes at SMASH Park in Belding Thursday. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Greenville Area Community Foundation donations help enhance Smash Park

Through painful bee stings, endless mosquito bites and countless hours of removing trees, stumps and brush from the heavily forested Lightning Bend Park, the original vision of SMASH PARK has slowly been brought to life.

After nearly two decades at the lectern, Pastor Jerry Jones of First Congregational Church in Greenville will be retiring come October. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Greenville church to bid farewell to longtime pastor

Pastor Jerry Jones of First Congregational Church in Greenville is the third longest tenured pastor in the church’s 162-year history.

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Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame to induct third class

The Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame is about to increase in size. On Sept. 12, the third class will be inducted into the hall of fame during a halftime ceremony of the Yellow Jackets football game against Comstock Park at Legacy Field. A tailgate dinner and pre-game celebration will also take place for family and friends of this year’s inductees.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Sept. 4

Coopersville 3, Belding 0: The Broncos got the better of the Redskins in the first O-K Blue match of the season on Thursday. The host Broncos won in straight sets 25-14, 25-17, 25-16…

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Funeral Notices Friday, September 5, 2014

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Montabella hopes winning continues

Montabella’s football team started out coach Shaun Balhorn’s second tenure as leader with a big win last week. The Mustangs knocked off Saugatuck by a 52-22 score. Balhorn said the team won at the line of scrimmage.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 3

White Cloud 3, Lakeview 1: The Wildcats lost on the road in CSAA play on Wednesday against the Indians. White Cloud won 25-22, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17…

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Funeral Notices Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Belding’s Brooke Linebaugh sets the ball during a match last year. The Redskins are off to a 6-0-2 start this season.

Belding volleyball off to great start

The Belding Redskins volleyball team has a new look this year, but still the same winning mentality. The Redskins — winners of three consecutive Class B district titles and six of seven overall — graduated plenty of talent from last year’s winning squad. With some retooling, Belding is off to a great start with a 6-0-2 record.

West Michigan Whitecap Javier Betancourt smiles during this year’s Midwest League All-Star game.

THE REVIEW: One team, one dream

When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.