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Belding City Manager Bruce Brown explains the advantages of making city purchases through local businesses during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding City Council considers local preference purchase program

From members of the city council to residents and business owners, there’s no questioning that everyone wants businesses to thrive and succeed in downtown Belding.

Councilman Dennis Cooper questions the reasoning for a new ethics ordinance discussed by members of Belding City Council during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Ethics discussion gets heated at Belding City Council meeting

When it comes to ethics, moral values and the concept of right and wrong, there may be no place where it matters more than at the government level. Those ideas were brought forth in the form of a first reading of an official “code of conduct” ethics ordinance by Belding City Manger Bruce Brown at Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting.

From left, Belding school board members Cori Anderson, Shannon Hummel and Vice President Scott McNeal discuss and review the terms of a tentative agreement regarding the contract between the school district and Belding Education Association teachers union Monday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding school board, teachers agree to tentative contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council considers ethics, local purchasing ordinances

Members of Belding City Council discussed Tuesday evening the possibility of implementing two new ordinances during first readings.

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JUST IN: Belding school board, teachers agree to contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.

The terms of the contract, however, have yet to be decided, and are in the hands of one man who will make those terms clear and binding.

Stanton, a great horned owl found injured one year ago on M-66, was successful returned to its natural habitat Wednesday by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after a year of rehabilitation at Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputy releases Stanton the owl, back into wild one year after injury

Carefully, with slight hesitation but plenty of excitement, Deputy Mike LeVand slowly cut away at the cardboard box he had set on the edge of the open woods. After a few cuts with his blade, LeVand slowly opened the flaps of the box, and made eye contact with an owl named Stanton.

Montcalm Community Trustee Robert Marston speaks to fellow board members Tuesday on the topic of submitting a grant for a new trail extension from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC seeking MDOT grant to link Sidney campus to Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

The day this county’s community college is connected to its vast bicycle trailway system has been long been desired, but always out of reach. But now, that desire to connect Montcalm Community College (MCC) to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is officially in reach, as was stated during Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting.

From left, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy explains the details of a contract with Chartwells School Dining Services on Monday evening to school board members Nicky Suchek and Scott Fleisher. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Area Schools contracts out food services

In an attempt to bring in healthier choices for the district, Caron City-Crystal Area Schools will now contract out school food services. The CC-C school board voted 5-0 — with board members Gregg McAlvey and Nancy Seals absent — to enter into an agreement with Chartwells School Dining Services.

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New farmers market a hit in Belding community

With a simple concept, one Belding resident is trying to reach out and bring her community together.

Her idea? When it comes to goods and services — buy local.

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Ionia Free Fair celebrates 100 years of history

It comes as no surprise that one of Ionia’s proudest and highly celebrated traditions has evolved through 100 years of history.

On Aug. 16, 1915, the first Ionia Free Fair began with an automobile parade, with hundreds of residents and visitors participating with decorated cars.