Cory Smith


Belding refinances its school bond loans

Belding Area Schools is refinancing $35 million in bond loans, which will save the district millions. At the Nov. 16 Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted 7-0 on resolutions to refinance the 2010 Build America Bonds, in the principal amount of $21,890,000, as well as the School Bond Loan fund, in the amount of $13,260,000, through William Blair & Company LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., at better interest rates.


Belding Area Schools, teachers agree to 2-year contract

After 16 months of disagreements and disputes, positive morale is returning to Belding Area Schools as teachers continue teaching, but now with a new union contract in place.

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Homeless simulation event brings struggle to the forefront

The image that enters one’s mind when thinking of a homeless person can be quite misleading.

Perhaps it is a man sitting next to a shopping cart, huddled beneath a wore-torn blanket while grasping a bottle of spirits wrapped within a brown paper bag. Or maybe it’s a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, standing on the corner of a street wearing holding a crude cardboard sign asking for help of any kind.

Scott Ferman, a licensed contractor in Belding, expresses his frustration Tuesday with the decision by Belding City Council to contract out building services into Ionia County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to use company for city building services

A temporary switch in how building services are handled in Belding may now either relieve stress or create new headaches, depending on who is asked.

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS), but the decision did not come without criticism.

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, left, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speak together at a Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 9. Both legislators voted in support of the new road funding legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Nov. 10. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend new road funding legislation

With a final signing by the pen of Gov. Rick Snyder, an official long-term road funding plan became law Nov. 10 after years of consternation and debate among lawmakers in Lansing. Eventually the plan will implement $1.2 billion per year to repair the state’s roads and bridges, as well as place a focus on sustaining the quality of those infrastructure items.


JUST IN: Belding enters contract for building services

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS).

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Despite technical glitches, Belding Marching Band succeeds at state finals

After more than 300 hours practicing through 55 rehearsals, five football games and three marching competitions, every ounce of effort put forth by members of the Belding Redskin Marching Band came down to one performance.

Gazing upward at the blinding stadium lights, taking in and reflecting upon the vast and powerful confines of Ford Field in Detroit, Belding High School senior Kyle Mansfield, 17, made sure he would never forget the next seven minutes and 30 seconds.


JUST IN: Emmons describes new road funding bill as a “balance of many assets”

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, remains a firm believer that a 1 percent sales tax increase would have been the most effective way to secure funding to improve Michigan’s roads.

Otisco Township Supervisor Paul Reeves smiles during Tuesday’s board meeting. Reeves agreed to rescind his resignation in order to finish the final year of his term after an upcoming winter absence, after board members agreed to hire a deputy supervisor. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco Township leader rescinds his resignation

After 37 years of service on the Otisco Township Board, Supervisor Paul Reeves is ready for a vacation. But at the request of township residents and fellow board members, Reeves will have to wait another year before his time at the helm comes to an end.