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Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, right, speaks with officer Shannon Hummel Monday afternoon outside of the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding a ‘most improved crime rate’ town

Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.

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Belding City Council to upgrade DPW equipment

With heavy snow pouring from the sky and temperatures remaining low enough for it to stick around, Belding employees have had their hands full making the streets drivable. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Ernie Thomas had just finished repairing one of the city’s plow trucks Thursday afternoon as he and two workers hit the streets to clear the freshly fallen snow. But after traveling four blocks one of the trucks came to a halt and Thomas found himself forced to use the city’s industrial loader to tow the plow truck back to the DPW garage.

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Belding residents, city council reflect on message of positivity

The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.

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Robotics club approved for Belding Middle School

It’s no secret the efforts of students and coaches on the Belding High School robotics team have worked hard to refine the after-school club into a world class program. And now that program is extending its reach with a goal to draw younger students on board with a club that offers the excitement of designing and building robots while competing statewide.

Cars drive over the new bridge over Main Street in downtown Belding on Sunday for the first time after five months of construction to replace the bridge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Main Street bridge complete after five months

The bridge linking residents to their groceries, restaurants and coveted goods and services in this town has been restored. Since June 23, the Main Street Bridge over the Flat River has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the deteriorating structure was rebuilt.

Roger Gooding, owner of the Crystal Box Office Theatre, starts a movie on a 35-millimeter projector. The projector and film are steadily becoming an outdated technology as movie studios switch to digital movies. — File photo

Crystal Box Office Theatre flickers out

The outdated, but reliable 35-millimeter projector at the Crystal Box Office Theatre has likely played its final film. Last Monday, theater owner Roger Gooding made the difficult decision to shut the doors of the business, after months of declining attendance and ticket sales.

Deaf Pride Day organizer Ellisha Cecil, left, high-fives Kyla Fuller, 5, of Portland, as they say goodbye at the conclusion of Deaf Pride Day Friday on the campus of Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Annual Deaf Pride Day brings out the inner superhero

It may be believed that superheroes only exist in a comic books and movies, but there was no evidence of that when 40 students, many dressed in superhero attire, arrived at Montcalm Community College for Deaf Pride Day on Friday.

From left, Greenville Area Community Foundation founder Lloyd Walker, current trustee Byron Cook, past trustee and first fundraising chairwoman Harriet Cook, current Vice Chairwoman Charlotte Lothian and previous trustee Michael Stafford, each take a moment to reflect on the successful history of the Greenville foundation on Thursday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Greenville Area Community Foundation celebrates 25 years

With celebratory clangs of wine glasses, repeated rounds of applause and a pleasant “fireside chat” of guest speakers, Thursday marked a night of reflection and appreciation, a celebration of 25 years of philanthropic history of the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF).

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Mullendore gets 1-year contract extension with Belding

This city manager’s contract is now headed for an extension, but it did not come without disagreement between council members Tuesday evening. Only two weeks removed from postponing a vote on a two-year contract extension, a new motion for a one-year contract was introduced.

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Emmons re-elected to second term as senator

Incumbent Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan successfully defeated Democratic challenger Fred Sprague of Alma in Tuesday’s election.

Throughout a district covering four counties, Emmons received 36,416 votes while Sprague received 27,234 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent.