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“Tater Tots” from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church marched in Saturday’s Edmore Potato Festival parade. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Firefighters, bull riders ride high at Edmore Potato Festival (Photos)

With its roots in potato farming, Edmore served up loads of potatoes — chips, fries, baked and topped with all the fixings — during last weekend’s Potato Festival. But tasty tubers were just a small part of the farming village’s offerings. Activities began Friday night with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department Appreciation gathering downtown. Great food, fun activities and absolutely perfect weather gave families a way to unwind. For some, it was merely a family outing. For others, it held special meaning of many sacrifices made by local firefighters and others whose eminence will be forever etched in history.

Steve Stewart pictured at his sentencing in June 2011. — File photo

ON THE RECORD: Steve Stewart’s sentence vacated for Sept. 11 chemical explosion

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction but vacated the sentence of Steve Stewart, who built a chemical bomb which exploded in the face of the man who was dating Stewart’s ex-girlfriend.


Central Montcalm to create collaborative classroom

Instead of pulling special needs students out of the classroom, Central Montcalm staff came up with a different solution — putting caregivers into the classroom.

The 2013 Belding royalty includes, front row from left, Kiddie Queen Audrey Belding, Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson and Kiddie King Reese Houghton; back row from left, Junior Miss court member Alexis Cahill, Top Fundraiser Karah Ring, Junior Miss and Young/Junior Miss Congeniality Kaylyn McQuillan, Miss Belding First Runner-up Courtney Richmond, Young Miss court member Tara Rackham and Young Miss Lauren Barker. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Belding ‘speechless’ after winning 2013 crown

With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 26, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

After three years using the Solar PV systems at both Greenville High School and Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Greenville Public Schools officials say the panels are performing better than expected. — Courtesy photo/Doug Suess

Greenville school solar project going better than expected

Since installing Solar PV Systems three years ago at Greenville High School and one elementary, school officials are happy with the outcome. According to Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, the systems are producing more than expected in its third year.


Greenville school refinancing results in lower taxes

Greenville Public Schools has taken advantage of low interest rates and refinanced some of the construction bonds, resulting in district residents paying a lower tax rate sooner than planned. Director of Finance John Gilchrist has been working with the bonding counsel and the school board to authorize the refinancing of some of the past construction bonds.


Funeral Notices – Aug. 24, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Altogether, there were six winners for the Danish Festival raffle drawing over the weekend. Five of the winners pose with directors from the Danish Festival Board. Picture from left are Fundraising Director Michael Willadsen, Tom Russell, Les Lillie, Executive Director Pamela Jorae, Deanna Butterworth, Ron Cooper and Carl Hansen.

Danish Festival raffle winners

The 49th annual Danish Festival was filled with great memories, fun event and shopping and even prizes that thrilled six local residents.


Tri County joining CSAA in 2014

After expanding last school year to include Newaygo, the Central State Activities Association is going to expand again. The conference voted to add three more schools to the ranks, and also decided to separate into two divisions.