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From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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JUST IN: Local pastor killed in one-car accident, vehicle found submerged in lake

A local pastor was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

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For Devon: Belding school dedicates tree in memory of 10-year-old boy

The crack of a bat as it strikes a baseball, the ensuing cheers from the crowd that follow and the jubilation of celebrating together as a team at home plate. Those moments are what so many boys and girls look forward to the very second the last day of school is finished, and summer begins. Those moments, they are also what Devon Morrison, who died last September, would have taken so much joy in and shared with everyone who knew him.

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.

From left, Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo review documents in regards to the city's 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends its 4-day work week

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a budget amendment that added more than $100,000 into the city’s general fund.

Belding Area Schools Finance Director Adrianna Barna, right, delivers a presentation before the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget for the district Monday evening.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board adopts budget plans

With the final days of school finally coming to a close for students this week, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education finalized the fourth and final amendment to the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget.

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Belding police officer back on the job

Belding police officer Jason Cooper, who was fired from his job last October, will be reinstated to his position effective next week after an arbitrator ruled in Cooper’s favor. According to Will Keizer, a labor representative for the Police Officers Labor Council, the arbitrator who mediated Cooper’s arbitration hearing against the city of Belding in May officially ruled Monday in Cooper’s favor, effectively returning him to the department.

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Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Bob Naumann and Trustee Jason Anderson, discuss the topic of approving a petition requesting the consolidation of the township’s 18 drains into one.

No action on Crystal Township drain consolidation

If the task of consolidating the large amount of water drains in this township into one system is to be completed, it will now fall on the shoulders of residents.

Employees from Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore. work on the construction of the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTOS: Leppinks Skate Park in Belding taking shape

Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.

From left, Trustee Michael Williams, Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz and President Bob Ferrentino listen to a presentation Tuesday on a public outreach program focusing on a possible millage renewal for Montcalm Community College in the November election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board of Trustees discusses millage renewal

The fate of more than 60 programs and affordable tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will likely come before the eyes of voters at the ballot box this November. During Tuesday’s morning MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members, accompanied by several task force members, discussed the likely possibility of asking voters to renew the current 10-year millage.