News
Citizens who attended the Belding Zoning Board of Appeals meeting lined up in order to make sure they made their voices were heard at Tuesday night’s public hearing. The board was hearing a case petitioned by the Reconnecting Tomorrow Center for a special variance to be granted for a homeless shelter to be set up in the basement of the Belding United Methodist Church. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

It was standing room only at the Pere Marquette Depot Tuesday evening as people gathered to express their opinions on a proposed homeless shelter. The Reconnecting Tomorrow Center petitioned the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special use ordinance to set up a 30-person shelter in the basement of Belding United Methodist Church at 301 Pleasant St. The church property is zoned for single family homes only.

Belding rejects variance request for proposed homeless shelter

Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story Thursday, December 1st, 2016

It was standing room only at the Pere Marquette Depot Tuesday evening as people gathered to express their opinions on a proposed homeless shelter. The Reconnecting Tomorrow Center petitioned the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special use ordinance to set up a 30-person shelter in the basement of Belding United Methodist Church at 301 Pleasant St. The church property is zoned for single family homes only.

Belding man creates app for migrant workers

Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story Thursday, December 1st, 2016

In 2011, Feliciano Paredes, of Belding, was watching the documentary “The Harvest/La Cosecha” directed by U. Roberto Romano, which showcases the struggles migrant children and their families face. “As I was watching it, I was thinking it’s 2011 and we have all this technology people can find anything they want to find,” Paredes said. “You have Yelp and Foursquare, and I thought why can’t there be something for farmworkers, something that’s going to make a really huge impact on a lot of these families.”

JUST IN: Ionia man dies from fall at Spectrum Industries in Belding

Posted in: Belding, Local, News Thursday, December 1st, 2016

An employee at a Belding industrial plant is dead after falling while at work early Wednesday morning.

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 [...]

VOLLEYBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Mikayla Linebaugh, Belding

Posted in: High School Monday, December 5th, 2016

In the 18 years Belding girls volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh has been coaching, a bar of expectation had been raised to a point to where winning a district title is always the goal, even in a year when it looks as though the team is rebuilding. As it turns out, the Redskins were able to retool. Belding finished with a 24-10-2 record and another district title, reaching the regionals yet again.

Italian exchange student playing 3 sports for Belding

Posted in: High School Monday, November 28th, 2016

When Thaddeous Holbrook first saw Belding’s new exchange student trying out for football, he wasn’t impressed.
“He looked skinnier than the rest of us,” the Belding senior said of Simone D’Errico, of Turin, Italy, who is spending a year at Belding High School.
“I thought maybe he might get hurt.” But when the soft-spoken Italian put pads on and started practicing with the team, Holbrook’s thoughts about D’Errico’s ability completely changed.
“He blindsided me on a tackle and I was floored,” Holbrook laughed. “He was real fast, and is real good.”

Arm wrestling event draws 30 pullers to Belding

Posted in: Local Thursday, November 10th, 2016

An estimated 30 people competed in a Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament Saturday at The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, which continues to expand ways to entertain its patrons and the community.

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  • Belding’s Ellis Elementary School celebrates successes

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
    Posted in: B.slider, Local, News Top Story

    Ellis Elementary School Principal Tiffany Jackson got what she called “a little brag time” at Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting. Jackson detailed points of pride for the elementary school, including focuses on curriculum, collaboration and culture in the building. According to Jackson, there are great things happening in terms of curriculum. Students throughout the building are focusing on mathematics and English and language arts.

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  • IN BRIEF: Belding board approves summer tax levy

    Monday, November 21st, 2016
    Posted in: Belding, Local, News

    A resolution to levy 100 percent of property taxes from Belding city residents in the summer was approved Monday evening.

    During a regular meeting, the board of education approved a resolution to continue the summer tax levy which allows the district to collect 100 recent of taxes from city residents in the summer as opposed to 50 percent in the winter and 50 percent in the summer.

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  • Ionia County District Court offers bench warrant amnesty

    Saturday, November 19th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    IONIA — Ionia County’s 64A District Court has a special, limited time offer this holiday season. The court is extending a bench warrant amnesty period now through Dec 30. Individuals with open bench warrants for failing to pay fines and costs, failure to appear or failure to comply with a court order can clear their [...]

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  • Belding tavern readies for tap takover

    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    Posted in: Business Beat

    Blackrocks Brewery is coming to taps near you Friday. The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, a Belding bar with a focus on serving craft beer, is partnering with Blackrocks Brewery to do a tap takeover event starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature 10 of the Marquette-based brewery’s beers.

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