From left, Trustee Ben Oatley, Trustee Dan Zeigler, Clerk Lynda Sower and Treasurer Cara Johnson discuss township business during the regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Delinquent property taxes are causing a headache for township officials. During a regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening, Treasurer Cara Johnson brought it to the board’s attention that some property owners owe back taxes dating back nearly two decades.

Ground broken on long-awaited Ionia County Courthouse addition

Posted in: B.slider, Local Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Ionia County officials broke ground on a long-awaited addition to the county courthouse Monday afternoon.

Ionia County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Jim Banks said this project has been a long time in the works. He told the people gathered for the groundbreaking, including Belding City Manager Bruce Brown and Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler, the idea for additional facilities dates as far back as 2002.

Ionia County considering options for Building Department

Posted in: Local Friday, April 21st, 2017

Ionia and Montcalm counties currently share two circuit court judges, and county officials have been in talks regarding possibly sharing a building department director in the future. Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard updated commissioners about the idea during an Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee meeting April 10. He said Ionia County officials contacted him last summer for his advice on the matter.

Belding City Council approves water rate increases

Posted in: Local Thursday, April 20th, 2017

City residents will soon see a rate increase to water/sewer services. Following a presentation from David Bluhm, division manager of engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, the Belding City Council approved a rate increase during Tuesday’s meeting.

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 grad Taylor Johnson teaches softball to young players

Posted in: Belding, Sports Monday, April 24th, 2017

BELDING — Taylor Johnson was a member of the 2010 Belding softball team that went to the state semi-finals. On Saturday, she used that experience to teach young girls the proper techniques of softball at Demorest Field during her second annual softball clinic. Johnson, who also played basketball for Central Michigan University, said she was [...]

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

Posted in: High School Friday, April 21st, 2017

Dave Glazier is used to allowing freshman players to flourish on his Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) women’s basketball team. Soon, he will have another freshman who can bring a whole new attitude to the Raiders team.

Hallee Breimayer, Belding senior and The Daily News girls basketball player of the year, signed a letter of intent to attend GRCC and play for Glazier, who is in his second year as the Raiders head coach.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Greenville, Belding’s historic football rivalry goes back 108 years

Posted in: High School, High School Monday, April 10th, 2017

It may be official, or unofficial, but whatever the fact may be, Bob Dumond knows the historic football rivalry between Greenville and Belding has long passed the mark that many people believed was going to be next year.

  • Belding High School hosts forgiveness-themed event

    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
    Posted in: B.slider, Local

    Through religious faith, two men who by all accounts should never be friends are defying the odds. Benton Harbor natives Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins visited Belding High School on Saturday evening to tell the story of how they overcome their substantial differences to establish a friendship.

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  • IN BRIEF: Belding board approves contract renewal

    Monday, April 17th, 2017
    Posted in: B.slider, Belding, Local, News

    The Belding Board of Education approved a contract renewal during Monday evening’s regular meeting.

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  • HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

    Friday, April 14th, 2017
    Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, News Top Story

    “I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

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  • Belding council OKs joint grant app

    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
    Posted in: Local

    A different kind of traffic could be getting heavier in Belding, but not on the streets. During a regular meeting of the Belding City Council April 4, the three council members in attendance approved a motion to allow a joint grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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