Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Sara Shriver recently received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists. — Courtesy photo

Belding superintendent receives statewide honor

After more than two years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver’s effort’s are being applauded statewide.

On Oct. 1, Shriver received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MAS/FPS).

Newly hired Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, signs his official contract with the village Tuesday evening as Village President Chet Guild watches after having signed the contract himself. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Ionia County commissioner accepts Edmore village manager job

After nearly three months without a village manager, this community has now found a man ready and willing to take the reigns with a goal to move it forward.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, right, answers a question during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons, address K-12 education funding claims

The current debate of how education funding in Michigan has been handled under Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t be more polarizing. Depending on which political advertisement is on one’s television or radio, the debate ranges from an increase of more than $1 billion in additional funds to a decrease of the same amount.

Pastor Ken Harger of Orleans Township continues to record his religious sermons from his lighthouse on Long Lake to be aired on the radio and on the Internet. His show, which has now aired for 35 years, is on every Sunday morning on both WGLM in Greenville and WION in Ionia. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pastor Ken Harger reflects on 35 years of local radio sermons

In his youth, those who knew Ken Harger were lucky to hear a whisper or a single audible word from the shy, embarrassed boy with a speech impediment. A lifetime later, Harger’s unique voice and powerful spiritual messages can be heard all over the world, a transformation he says was guided by the grace of God.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, City Clerk Kareen Thomas and City Manager Meg Mullendore meet in open session after the city council performed Mullendore's 18-month evalaution Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council says city manager is improving

This city manager’s evaluations have been a roller coaster ride during her 18 months at the helm.
The Belding City Council went into a three-hour closed session meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Meg Mullendore’s 18 month review. In open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson revealed that Mullendore has made progress from her previous assessment in April.

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Kamie Jakeway delivers a presentation on “Bus Safety Week” to members of the Belding school board Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves two-way radio upgrade for transporation

Radio static, interference and noise are all about to become a thing of the past for bus drivers at Belding Area Schools.

Communication between school bus drivers via two-way radios is a critical part of transporting hundreds of students several times a day to and from school, which is why a switch from analog to digital radios on each of the district’s 19 buses was unanimously approved by members of the Belding school board Monday evening.

Central Montcalm senior Blaine Hendrick, 17, races down a straightaway at nearly 30 mph during the  “Fall Fun Race” Friday afternoon at the Grattan Raceway.

Local students hit the race track with fun, hands-on electric car project

Darting around hairpin turns and speeding down straightaways, all the while attempting to carefully — yet aggressively — surge ahead of competing racers, the sport of electric car racing by high school students was on full display at Grattan Raceway on Friday.

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Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award with wood duck project

There’s a few new homes for some feathered friends within Belding’s city parks, thanks to the efforts of one local Girl Scout. Allison Harrison, 18, of Greenville, completed her 14-year career with Girl Scout Troop 02589 on Tuesday. As a final project to earn her Gold Project award, she built six wood duck boxes that now hang from various trees along the Flat River in Belding’s Central Riverside and East Riverside parks.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.