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Rylee McGowan, 5, left, and brother Connor McGowan, 3, of Belding, collect pieces of candy during the Labor Day parade Monday morning in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Labor Day celebration brings summer to an end (Photo Gallery)

During a four-day stretch that symbolically celebrates the contributions of the working force, signals the end of the summer season and marks the start of school for students, this year’s Labor Day celebration in Belding offered visitors one final time to relax and enjoy a perfect weekend of clear skies, warm weather and old-fashioned fun.

Trufant Jubilee royalty wave to crowds at Saturday’s grand parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Everyone had a good time’ at 34th annual Trufant Jubilee

For Sonny and Donna McNees, the annual Trufant Jubilee is more than a festival, it is a family reunion. Though the couple now resides in Sand Lake, Sonny grew up in Trufant and the entire family — five generations this year — all returned to the three-day festival over the weekend.

Police are searching for the person who shot the window of the McDonald's in downtown Edmore early Saturday morning. — Courtesy photo

Police searching for shooter of two Edmore businesses

Police are searching for someone who apparently drove by and shot two downtown Edmore businesses Friday night and Saturday morning.


Oil and gas leasing informational meeting Sept. 6 at Douglass Township Hall

Recently, a number of companies have begun contacting landowners in many areas of the state in efforts to lease land for oil and natural gas exploration. Lease bonuses are being offered from $25 to $200/acre. As a property owner, when you read the lease you are offered, do you understand what you have read? What do you need to know to determine if you want to sign a lease?

American Legion Post 380 donated camouflage football jerseys to the Carson City-Crystal Eagles varsity football team to wear during the Sept. 14 football game against Vestaburg. Pictured from left to right are Garner Cusack (wearing a camoflage jersey), the CC-C Eagles mascot, American Legion member Neil Kapustka and Taylor Barkley (wearing a Salute Our Soldiers T-shirt). — Courtesy photo

Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg to salute veterans at Sept. 14 football game

Mark your calendars — on Sept. 14, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and the varsity football team will host Vestaburg in CC-C’s first ever Salute Our Soldiers game. Salute Our Soldiers was created to pay tribute to past and present soldiers and raise money for Montcalm County Veterans Trust Fund. This fund is set up to help veterans in Montcalm County in need of handicap ramps, wheelchair accessibility renovations, utility bill assistance, and other living necessities that they might need.


Hometown Idol coming to Howard City Harvest Festival

Singers of all ages are invited to compete in the singing talent showcase Hometown Idol when it comes to the Howard City Harvest Festival at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Ensley Park. Singers will compete in three age divisions: Juniors (age 12 and under), Teens (ages 13-19) and Adults (age 20+). Music must be age-appropriate and family friendly, however, any style of music is welcome.

Lakeview’s Lakeside Park is undergoing an expansion and transformation within the next two years. The park recently expanded after an adjancent home was torn down. — Courtesy photo

First phase of Lakeview park improvement is complete

Since the 1950s, the Lincoln family home stood at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street in Lakeview. Surrounded by stately maple trees and situated on the west edge of Lakeside Park, it was one of the nicer-looking homes on the block. In July, that house came down after being purchased by the village with Downtown Development Authority funds to make way for the expansion of the park. The demolition upset a few village residents until they learned the park expansion is exactly what the Lincoln family wanted, particularly Ruby Lincoln, the last of the Lincoln clan to reside there.


Film at MCC aims at suicide prevention

Suicide is a tragedy with long reaching consequences and its prevention is the goal of the film “Don’t Change The Subject” produced by Michael Stutz. Stutz contacted Montcalm Community College Dean of Instruction and Faculty Gary Hauck to premier the movie in Montcalm County. Hauck said that it was Stutz’s intention to introduce the movie on college campuses around the country. Suicide can still be considered a taboo subject but that is exactly what Stutz wants to change.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 4, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012


Sunday night fire destroys Fenwick home

No one was injured in a structure fire that completely destroyed a home at 9516 S. Brown Road in Fenwick on Sunday night. According to Sheridan Community Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, the owners of the home were away when the fire started shortly before 8 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene the fire was already fully involved.