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Mobster massacre brought to life at Ionia Rotary Club presentation

One of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time shares its roots with the southwest corner of Michigan. On Wednesday, remnants of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were on hand in the form of the very guns that were used. Lt. Michael Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Ionia Rotary Club meeting at Renucci’s Tavern in Ionia.

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Funeral Notices – June 22, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Shalynnda Garry, 13, of West Branch, takes a moment to feed her favorite animal, a donkey, at Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts Monday afternoon in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton’s Anderson & Girls grows in popularity (Photo Galleries)

Each year, Marcia Moore of Alma schedules a visit to Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts because of the excitement her grandchildren experience while visiting the establishment. Moore said for the past four years, she has made the trip with her grandchildren Shalynnda, 13, and Seth, 8, both of West Branch, as it is their favorite place to visit with animals.

This year’s Sheridan Family Health Fair, held Thursday afternoon, offered free health screenings, kids games and more. The event is held annually in Sheridan and is sponsored by the hospital. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan health fair a hit with family, seniors

The Sheridan Community Center was transferred into a petting zoo/playground/fairground Thursday afternoon for Sheridan Community Hospital’s annual Family Health Fair. This year event featured live animals from Anderson & Girls Petting Zoo, lots of games, face painting, an obstacle course and much more. There also were plenty of activities and information available for adults.

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Belding City Council adopts social media policy

With new technology comes new rules and responsibilities, and members of Belding City Council are taking action to be proactive in dealing with the city’s venture into social media. After the recent creation of an official city of Belding Facebook page, council members voted 5-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to adopt a social media policy for city officials.

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Improvements planned for Belding’s Veterans Park

Denny Craycraft updated the Belding City Council on the status of the Veterans Park at Tuesday night’s meeting. Veterans Park is located immediately west of the depot building in downtown Belding. The park features the Freedom Wall, an incarnation of the original wall that was torn down 64 years ago. The wall bears the names of more than 700 area veterans who fought and served during World War II.

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Funeral Notices for June 21, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, June 21, 2013

Central Montcalm varsity volleyball coach Haley Dawe, standing left, talks with more than 45 athletes during Thursday’s camp at the high school.

Central Montcalm hosts youth volleyball camp

Unlike baseball, basketball and other sports, area youth leagues are not available for interested volleyball players. Because of that, most volleyball players are not introduced to the sport until middle school and even high school for others.

Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright, left, clears a hurdle during The Daily News Track Invitational in May. Wright placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the 100-meter hurdles.

Central Montcalm track teams made ‘huge strides’

Central Montcalm’s track teams had some hiccups during the season, but co-coach Kris Kolbe was still happy with how things went. “Starting with the boys, we knew we were young,” he said. “We only had one senior on the team, so we knew we were going to have some big shoes to fill with some inexperienced kids. We saw some huge gains at every meet, which will give us something to build on for next year.”

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3 finalists picked for Edmore manager

Three finalists are in the running for the position of Edmore village manager. They are Aaron Desentz, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant; Neil Rankin, a substitute teacher; and Richard Lock, who was fired from his last job as town administrator after just one month on the job.