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B-COR takes on duties of Belding Food Pantry and God’s Kitchen

The Belding Food Pantry of the past is but a shadow of the organization as it stands today.

The face of the pantry has changed dramatically since last spring, mostly due to the efforts spearheaded by Belding resident Julie Rodts.

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Carson City Area Food Pantry in demand now more than ever

When looking at the importance of a local food pantry, one of the biggest indicators of relevance can be found right at the doorstep.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Pastoral Director Nancy Woodcock says it’s not irregular to see a new face each Tuesday morning when the Carson City Area Food Pantry opens its doors to provide food and monetary goods.

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Memorial Greenville Rotary Club scholarship established

When members of the Greenville Rotary Club met earlier this month at the First United Methodist Church, it was more than noticeable that special longtime member Francis “Fran” Rivard was absent.

Members of Belding City Council, from left, Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullednore, and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, discuss the Zoning Board of Appeals during the Dec. 16 council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council schedules work session to discuss Zoning Board of Appeals candidates

A city board that was absorbed by the Belding City Council seven months ago appears to be on the path of reinstatement after members of the council voted to schedule a work session. At the Dec. 16 council meeting, council members voted 4-1, with Councilman Dennis Cooper opposed, to schedule a session for Jan. 6, when the council will discuss how to properly evaluate candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

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Montcalm Economic Alliance sets goals

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance gathered for the organization’s second meeting last Wednesday, with discussions focused on looking to the future of the new entity. With a few minor adjustments made during discussion, Alliance members voted unanimously to accept the official bylaws, with a stated purpose to retain, expand and attract business and industry within Montcalm County.

Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

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Belding council members argue over resolution regarding city attorney

An argument over who has the power to request the city attorney be present at Belding City Council meetings has led to the passing of a new resolution. However, that act has raised concern from a number of residents and some council members.

Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance, and several non members, discuss the group's bylaws Wednesday afternoon. —Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Montcalm Economic Alliance approves bylaws

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance officially took a step forward to shape the organizations image and establish an identity by accepting the entity’s bylaws Wednesday.