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SHORT TAKES: Be wary of proposed travel legislation

Wow! Have we got stuff coming down the pike. How about proposed legislation to allow off-road vehicles to travel on the shoulder of Michigan roads? There’s plenty to consider here, but given the obvious distractions of texting and talking while driving, let’s not throw another obstacle into traffic while we play with our mechanical and technological toys.

Thieves broke into RJ's Liquor at 214 S. Ensley St. in Howard City by smashing a glass door on Sunday night or Monday morning. — Courtesy photo

Thieves steal cigarettes, liquor and DVDs from Howard City store

Police are asking the public for help after thieves broke into a Howard City store and stole “a very large amount” of items. RJ’s Liquor at 214 S. Ensley St. was broken into sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, according to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt.

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MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Search for missing Belding boy continues

After a weekend unlike any the city of Belding has experienced before, as hundreds of volunteers and members of various law enforcement agencies sacrificed hours of time and effort to search the city for missing 10-year-old Devon Morrison, the quest to find him continues.

Greenville junior varsity player Caroline Willadsenfires a drive on the 16th tee during Saturday’s Greenville Invitational.

Central Montcalm, Greenville use invite to learn

The Greenville Invitational Golf Tournament was designed to get golf teams prepared for the upcoming regional tournament that will take place Oct. 10 there. Both the local schools that played there used it to find areas they needed to improve on as the regionals get closer.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Sept. 14

Belding wins own tournament: The Redskins went 1-0-2 in rounbd-robin play at their own invitational Saturday, then faced Grand Rapids West Catholic in the finals and won 25-17, 25-13 to win the tournament..

A sign reading “R.I.P. Devon” is strapped to the railing of the Ashfield Street bridge in Belding Monday evening where a candlelight vigil was held in memory of 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘A great kid … with a very big heart’: Belding boy found dead in Flat River

The three-day, community-wide search for a missing 10-year-old Belding boy came to a tragic end Monday afternoon after his body was discovered by divers in the Flat River near one of his favorite fishing spots. Devon Morrison disappeared after he left his home alone to go fishing Saturday. His disappearance spawned a search that involved hundreds of volunteers, supporters and members of law enforcement, who searched night and day for the missing boy. Morrison’s body was found at 12:53 p.m. Monday in the Flat River near the Ashfield Street bridge.

Volunteers and law enforcement officials comb the bank of the Flat River Sunday morning in search of 10-year-old Devon Morrison, who went missing Saturday after fishing in the river. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: ‘We want to find Devon’

Devon Morrison loves fishing. He took up the activity when he found it had a calming affect on his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 16, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

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UPDATE: Search for missing Belding boy suspending at dark, to continue Monday morning

Authorities investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Devon Morrison will be ending group searches tonight once the environment becomes too dark for volunteers to search safely, according to Police Chief Dale Nelson.

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UPDATE: Community, authorities continue ongoing search for missing Belding boy

More than 22 hours since he was last spotted, the search continues today for a 10-year-old Belding boy who went missing after he left his home to go fishing along the Flat River Saturday morning.