Emilee Nielsen

Lynn Mason of Belding has made several signs to take with her and her traveling companion, Tayler Reeves, formerly of Belding. Mason and Reeves will be attending the Women’s March on Washington today. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women to participate in Women’s March on Washington today

Lynn Mason is used to being the only woman in a room full of men.She served as an Ionia County commissioner and was sometimes the lone woman on committees. She ran for state representative in the 86th District last November; the only woman in that race.

From left, Grace Jeffery, 12, Kayla Jeffery, 13, and Heidi Raih, 13, look over old issues of The Daily News Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the Greenville Middle School newspaper club. The club’s goal is to write, edit, layout and print a student-run newspaper. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School newspaper club secures grant

America’s next generation of journalists are working their way through school right now, on a trajectory that will hopefully one day land them in a newsroom.

Some of the budding journalists of the next generation have been meeting after school at Greenville Middle School, brought together by a single purpose: To put together a student-run newspaper, print it and distribute it to their peers.

Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.

From left, Belding Board of Education Secretary, Doug Lamborne, Vice President Debra Bach, Board Member Shannon Hummel, President Timothy Flynn, Member Kate Feuerstein, Treasurer Terry Boni and Member Lary Richmond.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Three people were sworn in on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening; although only one of the faces was new to the board.

Terry Boni and Debra Bach were sworn in to start their new terms on the board. A new addition to the board, Kate Feuerstein, was also sworn in to start her term.


IN BRIEF: Belding council approves special event application

During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council approved a special event application for the Belding Beatnik Bazaar and Farmers Market.

A Grand Rapids woman, Elizabeth Vanvels, 28, was involved in a one-car crash when she failed to negotiate a curve at Satterlee and Baldwin Roads Tuesday morning.

JUST IN: Grand Rapids woman involved in one-car crash

A Grand Rapids woman was involved in a one-car crash Tuesday morning while negotiating a curve on Satterlee and Baldwin Roads, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.


Belding begins mascot search

The search is on for the next Belding mascot. Belding Area School has put together an online survey for community members, students and staff, which gives people the chance to submit an idea for the mascot and explain why.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves prom site

The financial problems that Grand Volute Catering & Event Center in Lowell is experiencing has created a ripple effect that has reached Belding.

Originally, the committee for the prom at Belding High School had planned to hold the prom dance at the Grand Volute. However, given the recent struggles Grand Volute is having financially and with bankruptcy, that site will need to be changed.

Two men were involved in a rollover accident in Eureka Township, just outside of Greenville on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

JUST IN: Two involved in rollover crash in Eureka Township

Two men were involved in a rollover crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of SW. Greenville Road (M-91) and W. Jenks Road. They were headed south on SW. Greenville Road (M-91) in a tan Chevy Blazer and, according to Deputy Director of Greenville Department of Public Safety Dennis Magirl, lost control of the vehicle due to icy road conditions.


MAISD to benefit from 3-year sex ed grant

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has been awarded a grant that was given to only 19 other districts nationwide.

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant provides sexual risk avoidance education for special education students in self-contained classrooms, which have smaller groups of students.