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The historic Belrockton Belding Museum experienced one of its busiest years  with increased attendance thanks to new exhibits and the increasing popularity of the BEL Children’s Museum. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belrockton’s museum enjoyed a busy 2014

The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

A house fire, which started early Wednesday afternoon, caused significant damage to this Belding Road home before being extinguished by firefighters. The homeowner was briefly trapped inside the structure, but managed to escape through an open window before firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Wednesday afternoon blaze damages Grattan area home

A house fire which started early Wednesday afternoon in Grattan Township was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Grattan Township Fire Department with the assistance of firefighters from Cannon Township and Belding. According to Grattan Township Fire Chief Kirk Bride, the cause of the fire at 12221 Belding Road is currently under investigation.

New Belding Interim City Manager Bruce Brown, at left, speaks with Belding resident and business owner Dan Blunt Sr. on Tuesday evening, quickly getting to work just moments before signing his contract with the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding agrees with interim city manager

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s interim city manager beginning Monday. In a 5-0 vote by members of Belding City Council, Brown’s contract to manage the city on an interim basis was approved.

More than 120 people gathered at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium Monday evening for the monthly Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, where members and supports of the Belding Education Association teachers union voiced their complaints about a lack of a contract agreement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding teachers union contract unresolved after seven months

Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.

Bruce Brown, at far left, answers questions from Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo during a special meeting Tuesday at the Pere Marquette Depot. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Former Port Huron city manager chosen as Belding’s interim leader

Bruce Brown is no stranger to managing cities.Now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community. During a special Belding City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the council voted 5-0 to nominate Brown for the position of interim city manager.

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Belding claims victory in home robotics tournament

There appears to be no denying the Belding High School Robotics program, especially on its home turf. On Saturday a total of seven Belding teams, five from the high school and two from Belding Middle School, competed in the third annual Belding High School Robotics Tournament.

From left, Belding City Council members Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss a list of six candidates for the position of interim city manager Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding interim manager search down to 2 finalists

The search for an interim city manager for this community has been narrowed to two finalists. On Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council reviewed the resumes of six candidates to fill the city manager vacancy on an interim basis. Former City Manager Meg Mullendore was fired Jan. 20 by a 3-2 vote of the council.

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Belding residents express frustration with DEQ over Electrolux property

Locked behind a chain-link fence in the very center of town sits an idle piece of property that has become the epicenter of public frustration.

On the surface, the former White Consolidated Industries/Electrolux complex at 100 E. Main St. is ready to be embraced as a public park. But buried beneath that surface — 24 inches, to be exact — is a century-old history of industry, complete with contaminated soil, concrete slabs and, deeper still, contaminated ground water.

A panoramic view shows a hefty amount of remodeling work occurring at the former Driftway Bar and Restaurant in Belding as it transforms into the new Horse’s Mouth Tavern. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New bar to bring Michigan craft beer atmosphere to Belding (GALLERY)

The clang of a hammer falling hard to a nail, the screech of a table saw quickly splitting through a piece of wood — that’s the sound of the orchestra of construction taking place at an old but familiar location in this community. Since the summer of 2012, the Driftway Bar and Restaurant has sat empty, eventually foreclosed on and left as a shadow of its former lively self.

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Belding City Council votes 3-2 to fire city manager ‘effective immediately’

After a tense debate, the Belding City Council voted 3-2 to fire their city manager Tuesday night.

Meg Mullendore, who was hired in March 2013, was not present at the city council meeting. She was at home recovering from a recent surgery.