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Ryan Dombrowski, 7, of Rockford, spreads his arms to imitate a plane on the “Swinger” carnival ride as his mother, Michelle Cooper, of Rockford, swings behind him during the first day of the Belding Labor Day Celebration in downtown Belding Friday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Labor Day kicks off with midway, parade and classic cars

As local businesses began to close their doors for the holiday weekend Friday night, downtown Belding was open and alive with carnival rides, bands and parades for the 107th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 1, 2012

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Wood and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: Duck, goose hunting is in the wings

Yes, duck hunters, it’s about time to oil up your dogs and feed your shotgun some carbohydrates. Duck and goose hunting is in the wings. Actually, an early goose season is on, statewide, beginning today. And from all indications there are plenty of geese around. You know, you golfers may even have to fight your favorite golf course for space, since geese seem to love those links.


Belding rolls to first victory of the season vs. Lakewood

Once the Belding Redskins offense got rolling, it never stopped. The Redskins cruised to 63-42 victory at Rudness Field on Thursday night against Lake Odessa Lakewood. It was Belding’s second straight win against the Vikings.

Alec and Trenton Martinez were fishing in Como Lake in Greenville recently when they spotted hundreds of freshwater jellyfish. They took a photo and released the creatures back into the lake.— Courtesy photo

Freshwater jellyfish sighting in Greenville lake called rare by DNR

Greenville residents recently caught a glimpse of nature that is not seen very often, maybe once every 15 years, according to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official.

Kami Hoss will be walking in this year’s 3-Day Cancer Walk in Washington, D.C., in honor of her aunt, who died of breast cancer. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview mother and daughter walk to fight breast cancer

Most everyone has lost a friend or relative to cancer. Some find solace in prayer, others in the comforting arms of family. And many, like Lakeview resident Pam Main and her daughter, Kami Hoff, take action and do what they can to help eradicate cancer altogether. For the past four years, Main and Hoff have organized their “Family Feet” team for a 60-mile, three-day walk designed to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Surrounding newly crowned 2012 Trufant Jubilee Queen Emily Baird are her court, clockwise, Prince Jaiven Kohler, First Runner-Up Preteen Elise Gorby, Second Runner-Up Queen’s Court Lindsay Stevens, Second Runner-Up Preteen Kaelee Girskis, First Runner-Up Queen’s Court Tisha Proctor, Third Runner-Up Queen’s Court Amanda Warner, 2012 Jubilee Miss Preteen Kaitlyn Kohler and 2012 Princess Isabella Harig. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

New Trufant Jubilee queen is crowned

Six years ago, Emily Baird watched as her sister, Katy, competed in the Miss Trufant Jubilee queen pageant, and she knew that some day she too wanted to compete. Not only did Baird compete in the Trufant Royalty Pageant on Thursday night at the pavilion, she topped three other contestants to win the title of Miss Trufant. “I remember being in the sixth grade and watching, and thinking it was the coolest thing ever,” said Baird, 17, the daughter of Kamie and the late Ed Baird.

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause

Montcalm County prosecutor elected to PAAM Board

Andrea Krause, the chief prosecutor for Montcalm County since 1998, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) on Thursday. Krause, a Republican, won Montcalm County’s primary election for prosecutor on Aug. 6. She is about to enter her fourth term in office.


Funeral Notices for August 31, 2012

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Central Montcalm’s Lucas Emmons makes a diving catch for a touchdown over White Cloud defender Dillon Maring on Thursday night in the second quarter at home in Stanton.

Central Montcalm mercies White Cloud 54-0 (Video and Gallery)

The first home game of the season for Central Montcalm’s football team was a big win. The Green Hornets scored in many different ways in a 54-0 win over the White Cloud Indians on Thursday.