Cory Smith

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

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Carson City-Crystal senior balances academics, sports with technology

When he was just 2 years old, Tyler Craig was given a computer mouse to play with as a toy in his high chair. It didn’t take but a few minutes for the toddler to realize the mouse wasn’t doing much and was designed for much more.

Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy set to close June 30

When students at Threshold Academy wave goodbye to their teachers on the last day of school, they will also be saying goodbye forever to the school they have grown to love. Threshold serves children from kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in existence for 17 years.

From left, Belding VFW Post 4406 Honor Guard members Joel Pena, Gary Hoisington and Thomas “Tag” Gleason fire off their rifles during a 21-gun salute ceremony Friday morning outside of the Belding McDonald’s restaurant. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding praises, honors war veterans to start Memorial Day weekend

As more than 30 million Americans begin their various trips across the country for Memorial Day weekend and millions of others remain close to home to celebrate the holiday, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson hopes that everyone will keep a single thought in their mind — remember your veterans.

Members of the Belding High School graduating class of 2014 celebrate together Thursday evening by tossing their caps into the air after receiving their diplomas in Redskin Arena at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

156 graduate from Belding, enter next chapter of life

With 156 graduates standing before him, guest speaker Gerald Hopkins had one important question to ask of the 2014 graduating class of Belding High School. “What will be your legacy?” he asked.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss a resolution to allow city council to act as the city’s zoning board of appeals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council absorbs Zoning Board of Appeals

In a close vote by the Belding City Council, one of the city boards will now be absorbed by the council to carry out its responsibilities. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday evening with councilmen Mike Scheid and Tom Jones casting the opposing votes, the responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will now be carried out by council.

Belding senior Gio Vanni Delgado, 18, performs on the bass drum during his final high school band concert at Belding High School. As a percussionist, Delgado found a leadership role that helped mold him into a better student. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After slow start to education, Belding senior turns life around

His heart racing quickly, sweat dripping from his brow, Gio Vanni Delgado suddenly found himself at the center of the world standing on the turf of Rudness Field. With his family watching in the stands, the Belding High School varsity football team had just scored its first touchdown against the Greenville Yellow Jackets, and it was time for the extra point kick.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the topic of changes made to the Michigan Right to Farm Act. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Farm rules causing stir with urban farmers

In Montcalm County, having a neighbor who makes a living raising farm animals or growing crops may seem commonplace, but that is not necessarily the case in the more urban areas in Michigan.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Cori Anderson, Robert Insley and Vice President Timothy Flynn, discuss matters during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board votes to replace computer labs

In 2010, Belding Area Schools made a commitment to new and improved technologies with the approval of a $38.8 million bond that helped bring iPads and other electronic devices to the district.

From left, Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss the distribution of funds for summer road construction throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township OKs $110,000+ in road work

A number of roads will see work this summer that should help ease driving conditions for motorists who drive through the Crystal area. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve $110,214 in funds generated from 1.2 mills approved in 2010 to have the Road Commission for Montcalm County repair and improve a number of roads throughout the area.