News
Belding High School teacher Alisha Hummel holds up a sign that reads “Belding teachers work hard for students, want a fair contract” as she pleads with members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education Monday evening to reach a “fair contract” with the Belding Education Association teachers’ union. — Daily News/Cory Smith

In the middle of an eight-month conflict of failed teacher contract negotiations, it was the voice of a young sixth grade student that brought people to their feet in unanimous applause Monday evening. Allyson May, 12, a student at Belding Middle School, approached the podium during the public comment portion of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education Meeting in the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium.

Orleans Township Board votes to start meetings with a prayer

Posted in: Local Thursday, March 26th, 2015

For as long as most residents can remember, Orleans Township Board meetings have begun with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Beginning in April, meetings will start with a prayer.

Greenville/Belding trail connection part of final project to connect 125 miles

Posted in: B.slider, Local, Local, Photos Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Trail lovers will soon have access to 125 miles of Michigan trails starting right from Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville.

During the latest Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted in favor of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Trust Fund grant to complete a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail from Greenville to Belding.

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, March 21st, 2015

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

Sports
Belding’s Max Walker, bottom, tries to excape the grip of Sparta’s Dyland Wilkins during their meet Jan. 14.

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer said he enjoyed coaching his team this year. “It’s always fun to have that level of success at the mat,” Meyer said.

THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

Belding matmen ‘had fun,’ said coach

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer said he enjoyed coaching his team this year. “It’s always fun to have that level of success at the mat,” Meyer said.

THE REVIEW: Breaking up is hard to do

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, March 13th, 2015

The winds of change are blowing once again in the Motor City. So, prepare those Taylor Swift ballads, kids, but remember, it’s not you, it’s him. Just as the Detroit Tigers have settled in to accepting the absence of Max Scherzer, they may now be in the perfect position of offering a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to their football neighbors — the Lions — across the street as they prepare to deal with a departure of their own.

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

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
    Posted in: Belding, Local, News

    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

    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    Posted in: Belding, Local, News

    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.

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  • Orleans Township man dies in Saturday morning blaze

    Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story

    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.

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  • THE REVIEW: Breaking up is hard to do

    Friday, March 13th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The winds of change are blowing once again in the Motor City. So, prepare those Taylor Swift ballads, kids, but remember, it’s not you, it’s him. Just as the Detroit Tigers have settled in to accepting the absence of Max Scherzer, they may now be in the perfect position of offering a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to their football neighbors — the Lions — across the street as they prepare to deal with a departure of their own.

    Read More »