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Sisters Paris Yarhous, 14, left, and Darby Stroud, 11, of Belding, let out a scream in excitement Friday evening as they ride the “Scramber” carnival ride in downtown Belding during the Belding Labor Day Celebration Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s annual Labor Day festival continues through Monday

While the world may be settling down for the final holiday weekend of the summer, the wheels are turning in Belding — as in ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirl carnival rides, which have transformed the city for the weekend as it celebrates the 108th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration festival.

Montabella teacher Michelle Huguelet hangs up a poster to welcome students back to class. Huguelet is a graduate of Montabella High School, taught at the junior high last year and will teach first grade this year. — Daily News/Robin Miller

BACK TO SCHOOL: Local districts offering new programs this year

This extended Labor Day weekend will be over in the blink of an eye and students will head back to school bright and early Tuesday morning. Local school district officials are excited about a number of new programs being offered this year — from early college opportunities to partnering with parents to special education knowledge to … new saxophones!


Funeral Notices for Aug. 31, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

Belding student fans — who’ve dubbed themselves “The Pest Control” — cheer on their Redskins team, which defeated the Greenville Yellow Jackets 47-14 Thursday evening, its first win against their rival in five years.

Belding, Greenville fans reflect on the teams’ 88th consecutive meeting

The skies were clear and temperatures were in the mid 80s. It was a perfect night for football, minus the humidity. Instead of Friday Night Lights, the lights were lit on a Thursday as thousands of football fans flocked to Rudness Field to catch the opening of the 2013 high school varsity football season between the host Belding Redskins and longtime rival Greenville Yellow Jackets.

The 2013 Trufant Jubilee royalty include, in front from left, Jubilee Princess Madison Gibbons and Junior Miss court member Hannah Schwantdt; back row, Queen’s court members Raeanne Barstler and Tisha Proctor, Jubille Queen Amber Kibler, Junior Miss Hannah MacDonald and Junior Miss court member Grace Schwantdt.

Lakeview’s Amber Kibler crowned Trufant Jubilee Queen

Amber Kibler remembered how much her older sister loved serving as the Trufant Jubilee queen in 2011. She also remembered how her brother enjoyed the year he reigned as Trufant Jubilee prince. So, in a last minute decision, Kibler opted to compete for the queen’s pageant herself. The decision paid off, as Kibler walked away with the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee Queen 2013.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, August 29

Lakeview 36, Morley Stanwood 3: The Wildcats got their season off to a good start with a CSAA win over the Mohawks Thursday night. Nate Shurlow ran in a touchdown from 80 yards and three yards and passed for another to Shawn Lindsey…

The Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets line up to run a play during Friday’s annual rivalry game at Rudness Field in Belding. The Redskins ended a five-game losing streak to Greenville with a 47-14 win.

Belding snaps streak, rushes over Greenville

The Belding Redskins scored early and often. In the process, they stunned the capacity crowd on both sides of the football field. The Greenville Yellow Jackets had won five straight games and nine of the last 10 against the Redskins. The streak is no longer intact after the Redskins rolled up more than 400 yards rushing and convincingly defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-14.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild

Edmore Village Council to start recording meetings

Someone in the audience has been recording meetings of the Edmore Village Council. Council members have decided to do the same.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was hired on Aug 1. and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the police service. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville considered home for new GDPS director

The new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has been on the job just shy of a month and he plans to continue his career here as long as the city will keep him. Mark Reiss, 48, started his new position with the public safety department on Aug. 1 after moving back to West Michigan from Dayton, Ohio.

Justin Stephens

UPDATED: Court of Appeals remands sentence of Hubbardston murderer

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a young man who murdered an elderly Hubbardston woman should be resentenced on the conviction of first-degree murder. Justin Stephens, 24, was convicted by a jury trial in July 2011 of killing Bernita “Billie” Cunningham, 80, in her Hubbardston home in December 2006. Stephens was 17 years old at the time of the murder.