Chief Judge for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Patrick Shannon, a former Belding resident, tells the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and the audience he believes it’s time for a mascot change and the school board should “change it before someone makes you change it.” — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board hears more mascot feedback

They’ve heard comments from people inside and outside the community.

They’ve heard people say they want to keep the current mascot and they’ve heard people say they want to change it.

They’ve even seen some people change their minds about the issue.

Interim Director of Public Relations for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Erik Rodriguez and Director for Native American Programs at Central Michigan University Colleen Green gave a presentation about Native American history during a special Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

‘It’s time for a change’: Belding’s mascot debate continues

When Carmin Barker first issued a call for some decision-making about Belding’s mascot more than six months ago, she thought there was one clear path in mind. She wanted her children to have an identity and she wanted the school board to bring back the Redskins.

A Sunday night structure fire at 122 W. May St. in Belding left a family of six displaced after firefighters worked through the night to extinguish the flames. Two dogs and four cats are presumed to have perished. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding house a total loss; 6 pets perish in blaze

A Sunday night fire has left a Belding family displaced from their home for the second time in their lives.

Matt and Heather Jackson were staying at a hotel together with four of their five children due to a prior problem with plumbing at the house. The Jacksons got a call from a neighbor close to midnight Sunday to tell them the house was on fire.

Rona Shane, chairwoman of the Continuum of Care, was the first to sign the pledge against veteran homelessness on Thursday in Ionia. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Community members take pledge against veteran homelessness

The Continuum of Care in Montcalm and Ionia counties and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) are taking a stand against veteran homelessness. On Thursday, members of the Continuum of Care and community members gathered at The Right Door in Ionia to sign a pledge stating they were committed to ending veteran homelessness. The pledge was part of an effort from agencies throughout Montcalm and Ionia counties.

Ally Carew, 12, and Devin Toman, right, 13, work on making cards for a child at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital during a service learning class at Belding Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School adds newspaper writing, service learning classes

Belding Middle School students have been given the chance to try out some different classes this academic year.

In an effort to expose students to a variety of options, some new classes have been added to the curriculum. Two of these classes are newspaper writing and service learning, which are both taught by Jennifer Dispirito.

More than 400 people attended the “Grandma, Grandpa & Me” breakfast event that focused on promoting literacy with Ellis Elementary School students on Wednesday morning.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ellis Elementary invites grandparents for breakfast and literacy (PHOTOS)

More than 400 grandparents went back to school on Wednesday morning. Ellis Elementary School hosted grandparents of students from pre-school through second grade to have breakfast and encourage the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. During that breakfast, book prizes were handed out to students and adults with stickers on their placemats.

Attendees of Sunday’s “At the Foot of the Crosses” event at Easton United Methodist Church in Easton Township stand with their hands over their hearts during the singing of the National Anthem.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Event honors veterans, emergency responders and victims of 9/11

On the 15-year anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, a gathering at the Easton United Methodist Church produced more than 100 people who stood in solidarity Sunday to remember those who lost their lives. The event, dubbed “At the Foot of the Crosses,” showcased touching tributes, which were combined with a variety of musical performances for the audience to enjoy.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey split attendees into smaller groups along with board members to have a discussion about the pros and cons of finding a new mascot, staying with the status quo or bringing back the Redskin mascot. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding mascot discussion underway

Despite the uproarious response from some members of the community regarding the Belding Area Schools mascot, only 30 people attended a special work session to discuss how to move forward. Wednesday evening’s meeting, which was supposed to center around an educational presentation by Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Erik Rodriguez, is the first in what could be a series of meetings that will aim to resolve the mascot issue once and for all.

Spectators watch as the Labor Day Parade in Belding makes its way down Bridge Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Parade wraps up Belding’s Labor Day weekend celebration (PHOTOS)

Dan Hyde, a Gowen resident, has been coming to the Belding Labor Day Celebration for the past 65 years. He has even gotten the chance to march in the Labor Day Parade as a trumpet player in the Greenville High School band, though he admits that was more than a few years ago. Now 75 years old, Dan watched Monday morning’s parade with his wife, Julie, and other members of the family that represented five generations, beginning with Julie’s father, Julie, their children and their families.

State Honor Guard members and veterans Gary Hoisington, left, and Thomas Gleason, wait for the unveiling of the new Vietnam War Memorial Friday evening in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

POW monument dedication kicks off Labor Day weekend (PHOTOS)

More than a dozen veterans from various branches of military service could be seen milling around and pointing to various spots etched into a granite map of Vietnam Friday evening in Belding.