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The Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday discussed the next steps for reevaluating the Redskins mascot over the coming months. From left, Administrative Assistant Val Clementz, board members Cori Anderson, Terry Boni, Shannon Hummel, Superintendent Sara Shriver and Board President Tim Flynn. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

The debate over the Belding Redskins mascot continues — and will likely continue into the next academic year. During Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, board members worked toward making a decision regarding the school mascot. Even among board members, the issue is not an easy one.

Belding school board talks upcoming election, mascot

Posted in: Local Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Four seats on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education are up for re-election in November.

Three of the seats are for six-year terms that will expire in 2022 and the other seat is for an unexpired four-year term that will expire in 2020.

Belding ambassador is a ‘good neighbor’

Posted in: Local Thursday, July 21st, 2016

A Belding resident has been given the Good Neighbor Award.

Maria Robertson, an active member in the community, was presented with the award during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

The Good Neighbor Award is given to citizens who go above and beyond to invest time and energy into the city of Belding.

IN BRIEF: Central Riverside Park gets mini-makeover

Posted in: Belding, Local, News Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

During a regular city council meeting Tuesday evening, Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter stood during public comment to thank City Manager Bruce Brown for the installation of wood chips around the playground equipment at Central Riverside Park.

Sports
Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, in dark shirt, speaks to her team during a game against Coopersville on April 13, 2014.

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]

Belding’s Linebaugh resigns as softball coach

Posted in: Belding, High School, Sports, Sports Top Story Monday, July 18th, 2016

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]

Belding volleyball camp teaches girls to improve their game

Posted in: Belding, High School, Sports, Sports Top Story Monday, July 18th, 2016

BELDING — Getting to work on their volleyball skills kept 60 young women busy this week. Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was the director of a volleyball camp at Belding Middle School. The camp had 60 players total attending the camp, from third grade through high school. There were three sessions, depending on the grade [...]

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

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  • Belding volleyball camp teaches girls to improve their game

    Monday, July 18th, 2016
    Posted in: Belding, High School, Sports, Sports Top Story

    BELDING — Getting to work on their volleyball skills kept 60 young women busy this week. Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was the director of a volleyball camp at Belding Middle School. The camp had 60 players total attending the camp, from third grade through high school. There were three sessions, depending on the grade [...]

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  • Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

    Monday, July 18th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

    Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

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  • Board and citizens debate proposed addition to Otisco Township Hall

    Thursday, July 14th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    Discussions became heated over a construction issue among Otisco Township Board members during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

    There is unrest on the board due to a proposed addition for the township hall, and it doesn’t stop there. Some citizens are unhappy with the idea of an addition as well.

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  • IN BRIEF: Ionia County Sheriff’s deputy gives update at township meeting

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
    Posted in: Belding, Local, News

    During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the township board heard an update from Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lovato about the various calls the department took in the township in June.

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