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West Michigan Whitecap Javier Betancourt smiles during this year’s Midwest League All-Star game.

THE REVIEW: One team, one dream

When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James avoids a tackler during a game last season. The Hornets opened the 2014 season with a 36-6 win over Morley Stanwood on Thursday.

James: Central Montcalm used defense to win

Central Montcalm’s football team hadn’t beat Morley Stanwood in the past five years. That all changed Thursday, as the Green Hornets had a 36-6 win over the Mohawks.

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Funeral Notices Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Funeral Notices Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Greenville Council approved an agreement with an area farmer for the planting and harvesting of 22 acres of city-owned property. Pictured, from left, are Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and Council Member Mark Lehman. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville offers up unused land for farming

This city’s council gave the nod to a local farmer to harvest crops on 22 acres of city land that was otherwise not being utilized.

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Jean Southward selected as next Carson City administrator

It took less than five minutes of discussion during Tuesday evening’s special Carson City Council meeting for the unanimous recommendation to hire Jean Southward as city administrator.

Trufant Jubilee royalty includes Junior Miss Trufant Hannah Schwandt, Prince Tyler Gitchel, Princess Lia Hunzinga, Junior Miss court member Grace Schwandt, Miss Trufant court member Krista Frye, Junior Miss court member Jenna Funk and Miss Trufant Megan McPherson. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Trufant Jubilee fans shine through elements

The rain showers came, but didn’t dampen the mood of those enjoying the 36th annual Trufant Jubilee.

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Belding Labor Day Celebration signals end of summer

With thousands of spectators lining Bridge Street, marching bands, classic cars, horses and numerous floats slowly threaded through downtown Belding as an unofficial salute to the end of summer.

The annual Stahlin Labor Day Parade on Monday morning was a fitting cap to a weekend that included carnival rides, tournaments, talent shows, a car show and an impressive fireworks display during the 109th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration.

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.

Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.

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Cyclists invited to inaugural Ride Your Age event

If you’re looking to set a distance goal when cycling on a local trail, look no further than your age.