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A panoramic view shows a hefty amount of remodeling work occurring at the former Driftway Bar and Restaurant in Belding as it transforms into the new Horse’s Mouth Tavern. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The clang of a hammer falling hard to a nail, the screech of a table saw quickly splitting through a piece of wood — that’s the sound of the orchestra of construction taking place at an old but familiar location in this community. Since the summer of 2012, the Driftway Bar and Restaurant has sat empty, eventually foreclosed on and left as a shadow of its former lively self.

Belding residents express frustration with DEQ over Electrolux property

Posted in: B.slider, Local, Photos Friday, January 30th, 2015

Locked behind a chain-link fence in the very center of town sits an idle piece of property that has become the epicenter of public frustration.

On the surface, the former White Consolidated Industries/Electrolux complex at 100 E. Main St. is ready to be embraced as a public park. But buried beneath that surface — 24 inches, to be exact — is a century-old history of industry, complete with contaminated soil, concrete slabs and, deeper still, contaminated ground water.

Belding council begins interim city manager, city manager searches

Posted in: Local Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Following the termination of this community’s city manager, the process is now underway to find the next individual who will helm administrative responsibilities. During a special meeting Monday night, called by Mayor Ron Gunderson, council members discussed hiring a new city manager after previous city manager Meg Mullendore was terminated in a 3-2 council vote on Jan. 20. During Monday’s meeting, the council also discussed hiring an interim city manager.

Grattan Academy Charter Schools closed due to illnesses

Posted in: Local, Local Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

An illness swept through the staff of Grattan Academy this week. Four out of the 10 teachers at the middle and high school came down with either head colds or the stomach flu, which prompted the school system to shut down on Wednesday, according to Superintendent and Principal Tom Kreiner.

Sports
spt 0124 Redskins Arena

Belding High School has one of the newest and best high school basketball gymnasiums in the area and possibly the state. On Friday night, Belding will host a night of fun events with the hope of setting a new attendance record for Redskins Arena. This event is also to show off the gym, say thank you to the community and local businesses for their support in helping to build the arena.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Jan 27

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Greenville 59, FH Eastern 47: The Yellow Jackets shot the ball well to earn their first O-K Bronze win of the season on Tuesday. Keegan Cossou dominated inside and scored a game-high 22 points. Ethan Morris scored 12 points, on three three-pointers, while Troy Bedenbaugh added 10 points…

Belding High School shoots to fill the gym

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Belding High School has one of the newest and best high school basketball gymnasiums in the area and possibly the state. On Friday night, Belding will host a night of fun events with the hope of setting a new attendance record for Redskins Arena. This event is also to show off the gym, say thank you to the community and local businesses for their support in helping to build the arena.

THE REVIEW: Passing the torch

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Watching the Detroit Red Wings prepare to take the ice at the Joe Louis Arena that evening, Ray Ferraro couldn’t have hidden the smile across his face, even if he wanted to. All those trips to the ice rink with his young son Landon had suddenly come to fruition for the 18-year hockey veteran, as his son made his way onto the rink for his NHL debut in the very arena that the elder Ferraro played his final game as a professional.

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  • COLLEGE ROUNDUP: A look at area athletes playing collegiately

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local

    Torrey Davis/Lake Forest College: The Greenville graduate, a junior, had four points, three rebounds and three assists in an 82-70 win over Cornell at home on Saturday…

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  • New bar to bring Michigan craft beer atmosphere to Belding (GALLERY)

    Monday, January 26th, 2015
    Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story

    The clang of a hammer falling hard to a nail, the screech of a table saw quickly splitting through a piece of wood — that’s the sound of the orchestra of construction taking place at an old but familiar location in this community. Since the summer of 2012, the Driftway Bar and Restaurant has sat empty, eventually foreclosed on and left as a shadow of its former lively self.

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  • Mason County Central wins Lakeview Invitational

    Monday, January 26th, 2015
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story

    The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.

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  • Citizen cooperation, K9 key in catching Burger King robbery suspect

    Saturday, January 24th, 2015
    Posted in: Local

    Patrick Michael O’Connell, 26, of Belding was arraigned Thursday for allegedly robbing the Burger King near Belding. With the help of citizen tips, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office located a 28-year-old Ionia woman who had reportedly driven the car the suspect had used to flee the scene after allegedly robbing the restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

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