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Belding dominates at Lakeview Invite

Belding’s baseball team had everything going at the Lakeview Invitational Saturday. The Redskins scored 23 runs and allowed only one in winning the four-team tournament.

A firefighter sprays a stream of water on a roof fire at a home on Derby Lake. The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Lightning strike sparks Derby Lake house fire; 2 firefighters injured

It started with a loud boom and then a plume of smoke drifting out over Derby Lake. According to neighbors, it was the loudest lightning strike they had ever heard and it was enough to spark flames on the roof of a home occupied by Woody and Mary Ely, an elderly couple who were sitting down having breakfast Monday morning when the strike hit.

Kayla and Brandon Steele with their two daughters, Mara, left, and Novalee. Both girls were born on May 4, their father’s birthday. — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Father, two daughters share May 4 birthday

If they ever have another child, Kayla and Brandon Steele are hoping he or she will be born on any day other than May 4. Three birthdays to celebrate on that day is plenty and at this point, spreading them out a little sounds like a good idea to both young parents.

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Manager of Lakeview and Stanton is frontrunner for Port Huron job

The manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview is the frontrunner for the same position in his hometown. According to The Port Huron Times Herald, the Port Huron City Council unanimously selected James Freed, 29, as their top candidate for city manager job at a special meeting Saturday.


Funeral Notices for May 12, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, May 12, 2014


Vandals hit Greenville’s big green water tower

Vandals scaled a barbed wire fence and climbed a ladder to the top of the big green water tower in Veterans Park Saturday night and spray painted a profane phrase.

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Deaf Pride Games at MCC celebrate deaf culture, strengthen bonds

William Fay can’t always understand his younger brother Jeremiah Zacharda, but days like Deaf Pride Games remove the stress. Fay, 15, has spent the last seven years with the rest of his family learning sign language, because when Zacharda, now 10, was 3 years old, it was discovered that he was deaf.

The adjustment wasn’t easy for the family, but Fay said the struggles to communicate have only brought him and his brother closer together.


Benches donated to Belding Veterans Park

Donations from Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures, Belding Tank, Mercantile Bank and North Woods Furniture, totaling $3,700, made it possible for six benches to be purchased and placed at Belding Veterans Park for visitors to use as they admire monuments at the park.


Funeral Notices – May 10, 2014

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Belding city streets in need of repair such as Demorest Street would benefit from a proposed Ionia County road millage that would generate road funds for the city and county if approved by voters in August.

Ionia County Road Commission seeks funding for roads through six-year, $3.1M-per-year millage

The status of road conditions in Michigan is nothing to brag about, and some of the worst examples can be found right here in Ionia County.