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Milton and Carol Rackham will be honored as this year’s grand marshals in the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rackhams named Belding Labor Day Celebration grand marshals

In the rear of his garage, with steady hands and a focused gaze, Milton Rackham can often be found working away, one upholstery repair job at a time. At the age of 90, well beyond the earliest chance to retire, his work keeps him busy, and more importantly, happy and humble.

Belding City Manager Bruce Brown smiles after receiving a compliment about his job performance after six months with the city from Mayor Ron Gunderson during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends city manager’s contract

When Bruce Brown was hired six months ago on an interim basis, his first concern was centered on improving the future for city residents. As of Tuesday evening, the Belding city manager will have at least two more years to focus on that goal.

Belding Area Schools Board President Tom Humphreys, right, smiles after being recognized by Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and his fellow board members for his 14 years of service on the board during his final meeting Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 former members appointed to Belding school board

During Monday’s school board meeting, board members voted 5-0 — with Trustee Doug Lamborne absent — to appoint Terry Boni to fill the vacated seat of Robert Insley, who resigned in July.

Board members also voted 5-1 — with Boni now on the board and Trustee Shannon Hummel voting “no” — to appoint Debra Bach to the second vacant seat which was in the process of being vacated by Board President Tom Humphreys, who announced his resignation in July.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council approves contract extension for city manager

Members of Belding City Council voted Tuesday evening to grant City Manager Bruce Brown another two years on his contract with the city.

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JUST IN: Two former board members appointed to fill vacancies on Belding School Board

Two former Belding Area Schools Board of Education members are officially returning to the board to fill two vacancies.

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Historic building to house Crystal Township museum

The expiring home of the Crystal Community Library and soon-to-be residence of the Crystal Township Museum is in need of a lot of love and attention. Thankfully, a number of organizations are coming together to preserve the historic building that has stood in the Crystal community for more than a century.

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Pierson Township home destroyed in fire, along with three dogs

Staring in disbelief, Matt Bierema watched helplessly Thursday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze that was engulfing his home. As the reality of the situation set in, the structure now a total loss, he could only bury his face into his folded arms atop a nearby parked car.

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JUST IN: Historic building in Crystal to receive upgrades before becoming museum

The expiring home of the Crystal Community Library and soon-to-be residence of the Crystal Township Museum is in need of a lot of love. Thankfully, a number of organizations are coming together to preserve the historic building that has stood in the Crystal community for more than a century.

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CC-C schools face ‘crunch time’ with construction project

Unrecognizable to the teachers who await their new classrooms, Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary School is currently a skeleton of its former self.

Gutted from the inside out, much of the school has changed for the better in the past few months as construction crews and engineers have transformed the building thanks to an $11 billion bond passed by voters in 2014. But as the school year, which begins Sept. 8, creeps ever closer, teachers and members of the community have grown weary that the facility will not be ready in time to welcome students.

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JUST IN: MCC celebrates success of “50 stories for 50 years”

After a year of publishing 50 stories focused on 50 years of history at Montcalm Community College in The Daily News, administrators are now acknowledging the benefits of a “successful campaign.”