News
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

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.

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

Posted in: Local Saturday, January 21st, 2017

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.

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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.

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Posted in: B.slider, Local Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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.

Sports
Owen Christensen spikes the ball after an interception drill during the Belding Youth Football Camp Tuesday.

BELDING — There’s lots of interest in football among youth in the Belding Area Schools. Varsity football coach Joe Schwander said there were 62 attendees at the youth football camp the Redskins’ coach is hosting this week. The camp is teaching a number of things, Schwander said. “It’s about having fun playing the game of [...]

Belding varsity volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh steps down after 15 years

Posted in: High School Monday, January 23rd, 2017

When Belding’s volleyball team clinched its third district title in four years last November, Mikayla Linebaugh darted toward the center of the court, dived to the floor and slid into the open arms of her overjoyed team. It was a prime example of what she brought to the team: Energy, heart, confidence and, above all, passion. After 19 years of coaching volleyball — 15 at the varsity level — Linebaugh has decided to step down from the position, saying that it was just time.

Area wrestling coaches happy with Sparta wrestling invitational

Posted in: Belding, High School, High School, High School, Lakeview, Pan Handle, Sports, Sports, Sports Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]

Belding beats Hopkins for first conference win

Posted in: High School Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

First-year head coach Connor Hoke told his Belding girls basketball team all week to be tough with everything they do and good things will come.

On Tuesday, at home against a taller Hopkins Vikings team, the Redskins earned its first conference win of the season with a 47-38 win.

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  • IN BRIEF: Belding board approves prom site

    Monday, January 16th, 2017
    Posted in: Belding, Local, News

    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.

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  • Belding beats Hopkins for first conference win

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Posted in: High School

    First-year head coach Connor Hoke told his Belding girls basketball team all week to be tough with everything they do and good things will come.

    On Tuesday, at home against a taller Hopkins Vikings team, the Redskins earned its first conference win of the season with a 47-38 win.

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  • Ionia man to give presentation on iconic MLK speech

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Posted in: Local

    The immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream …” live on today as part of the famous speech he delivered during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    What may come as a surprise to some, however, is the fact that King didn’t utter those words until the speech was coming to a close.

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  • First-year Belding coach ingraining fast-pace tempo, philosophy

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Posted in: High School

    For the Belding’s girls basketball team, it’s not just a new coach the players are getting accustomed to. Connor Hoke, 25, spent the past four years with the Lowell Red Arrows boys varsity basketball program, where he learned the strategy of basketball’s full-court press defense, which is one of Belding’s newest looks Hoke’s new team is learning.

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