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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the topic of the May 5 ballot proposal to increase the Michigan sales tax during Monday’s Legislative Update at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State Rep. Outman undecided on Michigan road funding proposal

Pick a road — any road — in Michigan, and one is bound to find themselves grumbling about the cracks, bumps and potholes they encounter along the way. It’s fact more than argument that the mitten state is ranked as one of the worst in the nation for road quality.

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UPDATE: High speed likely a factor in M-91 collision leaving 2 injured

Ken Wert was working in his shed Friday afternoon with a fellow neighbor when he heard a terribly loud crash. Running to the front of his house, he came upon the result of a head-on collision just a short distance away on N. Greenville Road (M-91).

Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver, left, and Dallas Bell, executive director of partner schools for West Michigan Virtual, speak about the benefits of the new Belding Virtual Learning Center, expected to open this summer at The Commons business complex in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Virtual learning coming to Belding

A virtual path to academic success for struggling high school students in this community will soon be a reality. In a 7-0 vote by members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday, the district officially entered into an agreement with Berrien Springs Public School to establish the Belding Virtual Learning Center.

New Belding Interim City Manager Bruce Brown, at left, speaks with Belding resident and business owner Dan Blunt Sr. on Tuesday evening, quickly getting to work just moments before signing his contract with the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding agrees with interim city manager

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s interim city manager beginning Monday. In a 5-0 vote by members of Belding City Council, Brown’s contract to manage the city on an interim basis was approved.

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Dr. Anthony Joseph Andenno leaves behind a lasting legacy in Belding

It’s hard pressed to find a resident of this community who doesn’t have a personal memory to share of Dr. Anthony Joseph Andenno. With his passing on Saturday at 90 years of age, the Belding resident and beloved family doctor leaves behind a mark on the community that all residents can embrace with pride.

More than 120 people gathered at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium Monday evening for the monthly Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, where members and supports of the Belding Education Association teachers union voiced their complaints about a lack of a contract agreement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding teachers union contract unresolved after seven months

Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.

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JUST IN: Bruce Brown signs Belding interim manager contract, will start Monday

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s new interim manager beginning Monday.

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.

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Belding teacher contract denied for third time

The path to a solution regarding the lengthy contract dispute between Belding teachers and the Board of Education has struck its largest impasse. A tentative agreement was recently reached on the contract between the school board and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union negotiators, but it was overwhelmingly voted down by the union this week.

Crystal Township Historical Society President David Wight addresses concerns Wednesday evening raised by the Crystal Township Board regarding the possibility of moving a museum in to the former Crystal Community Library building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal library closes in on new building

The effort to relocate Crystal Community Library to a more reliable facility is moving forward. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the Carson City Public Library Board, which manages the Crystal library.