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YES program provides positive reinforcement from Edmore police

This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.

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Eureka Township Board votes down non-discrimination ordinance

The Eureka Township Board voted to not pass a proposed non-discrimination ordinance Monday night. Board members believe they already have policies in place to protect all people and were advised by legal council to not label specific groups of individuals.

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Belding’s schedule gets minor makeover

Because there are now only six schools in the O-K Blue Conference, the Belding Redskins had to go out and get another team to play. The O-K Blue lost Grand Rapids Creston from their schedule when the Grand Rapids Public Schools board closed the high school after last school year.

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Belding begins preparation for football season opener

Football season is officially under way now that the first full-team practices of the season are taking place. Belding’s football team had their first full-team practice Monday, and coach Joe Schwander was ready for his team to get going.

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Lakeview hosts first game vs. Mohawks

The Lakeview Wildcats will host the Morley Stanwood Mohawks to open the 2013 football season on Aug. 29. That’s one of just four home games at Kos Field this year as the Wildcats (5-4 in 2012) look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow moves to hand the ball off to Garrett Cavendish (5) during Monday’s first practice of the season. The practice began at midnight on Kos Field.

Wildcats get an early start on 2013 football season

The high school football season is officially underway. Today, across the state, is the first day of two-a-day practices, with the first game less than three weeks away. One area team got things started at the first possible moment.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 13, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

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JUST IN: Police seek suspects in Pierson Trading Post break-ins

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police are seeking information related to two break-ins that have occurred in the past two days at the Pierson Trading Post.

Several floats in the Old Fashioned Days Parade provided candy for kids along the parade route.

Another successful Old Fashioned Days event in the books for Stanton

The motto of this year’s Old Fashioned Days festival in Stanton might well have been “When Tractors Ruled the Earth.”

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.

Taylor Bretzke crowned 2013 Danish Festival Queen, makes history

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.