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Greenville’s Stephens to sing national anthem at Tigers game

Julie Stephens is used to being in the spotlight. After all, she’s been singing in many venues and in front of different audiences since she was 9 years old. However, this Tuesday will be Stephens’ biggest performance yet — singing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers home game in Comerica Park.

Belding first baseman Seth Nelson ends a Sparta rundown with a tag during Thursday’s O-K Blue game at home. Sparta won 4-2. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding baseball bats quiet in 4-2 loss to Sparta

The Belding Redskins and Sparta Spartans are evenly matched on the baseball field. Meeting for the third time in three days, the Spartans pieced together some timely hits while silencing the Redskins’ bats in a 4-2 O-K Blue victory on Thursday night. Sparta starter Michael Flannery pitched a gem. He allowed just one hit in 6 1-3 innings of work and two runs.

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Belding softball missing a pair of key players in 7-1 loss to Sparta

Playing without two of their top players the Belding Redskins softball team struggled both at the plate and in the field. The Redskins coming off two victories against the Sparta Spartans on Tuesday lost 7-1 in a single game on Thursday afternoon at Demorest Field in O-K Blue play.

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Greenville man arrested after stolen car found in Florida

A Greenville man is in custody after a vehicle he allegedly stole in March was located in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this week. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 64-year-old man for obtaining goods under false pretenses and larceny by conversion in connection with taking a vehicle for a test drive from a local car dealership.

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Sheridan Lions Club variety show tonight and Saturday

The Sheridan Lions Club will host a variety show as its annual fundraising event to help raise money for the club’s philanthropies. The variety show, which is 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Sheridan Community Center, has a western theme for all to enjoy, said Lions Club Secretary Richard Langin.

Brandon Devers of Carson City, left, listens as his attorney, Eric Holt of Greenville, speaks to the judge on Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carson City man pleads guilty to vehicle theft, drug possession

A Carson City man charged with multiple crimes in four separate cases pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges. Brandon Devers, 28, was charged with arson of personal property and receiving and concealing stolen property (a motor vehicle) in one case, possessing meth, possessing marijuana and fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer in a second case and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle in two other cases.

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Marion man has no memory of Greenville car chase, crash

An Osceola County man who led police on a high-speed chase through Greenville before crashing his car into a tree pleaded no contest Thursday to two charges. Keith Wondergem, 53, of Marion, was charged with one count of fleeing and eluding a police officer, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The 16th annual Belding Community Showcase featured almost 100 vendors as hundreds of people came to enjoy the displays, free items and entertainment Thursday night at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Showcase puts Belding businesses, groups, students in spotlight

The halls of Belding High School (BHS) were filled Thursday night with students, Belding residents and visitors as the 16th annual Belding Community Showcase offered a chance for everyone to mingle with area businesses, community groups and student organizations. Almost 100 vendors were set up throughout the high school gymnasium, lobby and hallways, offering information to the hundreds of people who showed up to enjoy the displays and free food handed out throughout the night.

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Funeral Notices for April 20, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, April 20, 2012

Reality Check | Mike Taylor

MIKE TAYLOR: In the world of 5K athletics, there are cheetahs, wounded gazelles, and then me; the manatee

I was supposed to run a 5k race this past Sunday. Well, not actually the 5k part, and not actually run. I signed up to participate in the one mile walk. After a long winter of beer and burritos even that seemed daunting, but I was determined to do my part to help raise money for the Education Foundation of Greenville. My best turned out to be showing up late and missing the run entirely. No, that’s not entirely true; I showed up with 20 minutes to spare, but spent that whole time looking around for the sign-in booth. By the time the starter’s pistol fired, I still hadn’t found it.