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JUST IN: Belding City Council adopts “special events” policy

Festivals, gatherings and celebrations in this community are expected to run more smoothly after a “special events” policy was approved by Belding City Council Tuesday night.

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JUST IN: Belding School Board approves spending to refinish high school gymnasiums

With new facilities, from gymnasiums to auditoriums, comes the responsibility of maintaining those arenas and theaters to keep them preserved for future students. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously 7-0 to approve $11076.62 to refinish two of the district’s gymnasiums.

Charles Ring, 78, was found dead inside his home Saturday morning at 8401 Canfield Road in Orleans Township as firefighters responded to a structure fire at the residence. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township man dies in Saturday morning blaze

An early morning structure fire claimed the life of its homeowner Saturday shortly after he called 911. Charles Ring, 78, was near the door of his home when firefighters responded to a structure fire at his residence.

From left, Crystal Township Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett and Supervisor Chris Johnston discuss the purchase of a motor for the new Crystal Township Fire Department water well at Wednesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal board OKs new pump for fire department water well

The Crystal Township Fire Department will now be operating with a stronger pump at its new water well after a unanimous vote of township board members Wednesday evening. In a 3-1 vote, with Clerk Bob Naumann absent and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed, board members voted to purchase a $46,729.25 motor from Frayer Water Wells Drilling and Repair of Vestaburg.

Family and friends comfort Darlene Dickinson, second from left, as she watches her Evergreen Township home burn Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Memories Lost: Sheridan area home destroyed by fire

When Charles Dickinson stepped outside his home Wednesday afternoon to the sight of thick black smoke rising not far in the distance, his heart immediately sank. A nearby house was on fire and he had a gut feeling he may know the homeowner.

Greenville Department of Public Safety officer Marty Obetts, left, and part-paid firefighter Nikki Loomis work together to move a hose after successfully extinguishing a fire at 1208 Ranney Drive in Greenville Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire at Greenville’s Creekview Estates mobile home park

Leonard Linebaugh had just returned home with his wife, Jennie, when his neighbors pointed out an oddity as he walked outside to collect his mail. Raising attention to his residence at 1208 Ranney Drive, Leonard and his neighbors saw smoke coming from the rear portion of his Creekview Estates mobile home park residence Wednesday afternoon.

At right, Belding High School foreign exchange student Mia Kaarstein, 17, of Porsgrunn, Norway, speaks with fellow senior and friend Grant Hansen, 18, in the main lobby of Belding High School on Monday. Kaarstein is hoping to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony in May. According to school policy, Kaarstein cannot currently participate as she will not be earning a diploma. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding foreign exchange student hopes for policy change

From senior dances to participating on the golf team, Mia Kaarstein is attempting everything she can to absorb American culture in her year as a senior at Belding High School. Currently separated from her home of Porsgrunn, Norway, by six time zones and the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student has always been curious about life in America.

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Pair of adults board Belding school bus, refuse to leave

The Belding Police Department is pursuing the arrest of two Belding residents after they allegedly boarded a school bus and refused to leave at the instruction of the bus driver. At approximately 3:17 p.m. Friday, Belding police officers were dispatched to the bus parking lot at Ellis Elementary School, located at 100 W. Ellis St., to a report of an adult on a school bus that was refusing to get off the bus.

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Belding team takes second place at VEX Robotics State Championship

For the second consecutive year, the Belding robotics team made quite a splash at the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University. On Feb. 22, four teams of Belding students — all of whom qualified by winning three separate tournaments on the season — competed among 40 of the top high school robotics teams in the state.

The historic Belrockton Belding Museum experienced one of its busiest years  with increased attendance thanks to new exhibits and the increasing popularity of the BEL Children’s Museum. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belrockton’s museum enjoyed a busy 2014

The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.