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The Belding High School Marching Band competes on Rudness Field in Belding Saturday evening in front of a capacity crowd during the Belding Invitational. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding marching band performs emotional Greatest Generation tribute

On a crisp fall evening with a full harvest moon hanging in the sky overhead, the city of Belding was marching to the beat of the drum of many enthusiastic, impressive high school bands.
With 10 area high schools represented, from the nearby Rockford Rams to the long-traveled Durand Railroaders, the Belding High School marching band played host to the annual Belding Invitational Saturday night from Rudness Field.

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Montcalm County offices still recovering from summer lightning strikes

A flash of light in the sky can cause significant damage on the ground. Montcalm County officials found out exactly how much damage when a tower near the sheriff’s office was struck this past summer.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent joy ride crime in which someone drove through a soybean field in Carson City around 3 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. — Courtesy photo

Joy rider destroys soybean crop at Carson City farm

A historic Carson City farm sustained major damage after someone took a joy ride and attempted to create crop circles in the soybeans. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crime, which occurred around 3 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Greenville man flees police, leaves child in car

A Greenville man was sentenced to jail time after leading police on a chase through a residential area and then running away — leaving his toddler behind in the car. Anthony Wiles, 29, was charged with fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing a police officer and driving with a suspended license. He pleaded guilty to the latter two charges.

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OUR VIEW: Spirit in Caring award well-deserved

Local headlines this week covered the gamut from good news to sad.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 1, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

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Sheridan area home saved after propane tank starts fire

Thanks to a quick response by the Sheridan Community Fire Department, a Sheridan area home is still standing after a fire started in a cabinet at the home. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to a fire call at 6:45 p.m. Sunday and was on scene within seven minutes as a home at 9200 S. Collins road showed smoke coming from the roof and vents.

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Stolen vehicle located, meth components found inside

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies located a stolen vehicle on Paepke Road near McBride Road, late Sunday evening. An initial investigation shows the stolen vehicle, a four-door 2000 Kia Sportage, had been reported stolen to Howard City Police on Sept. 17.

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Montcalm County Sheriff patrol no longer 24-hours, starting today

Beginning today, Montcalm County Sheriff Patrol’s will no longer be on duty around the clock. According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, this is the result of a budget deficit of $733,000 in the county general fund budget which went into effect at midnight, Sunday.

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YOUNG AT HEART: Indoor opportunities abound for staying fit during winter months

When temperatures dip, it’s only natural that seniors who take most of their exercise out of doors during the summer months begin seeking indoor alternative venues. Fortunately, many options exist in the Montcalm County area.