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Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.

From left, Belding Board of Education Secretary, Doug Lamborne, Vice President Debra Bach, Board Member Shannon Hummel, President Timothy Flynn, Member Kate Feuerstein, Treasurer Terry Boni and Member Lary Richmond.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Three people were sworn in on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening; although only one of the faces was new to the board.

Terry Boni and Debra Bach were sworn in to start their new terms on the board. A new addition to the board, Kate Feuerstein, was also sworn in to start her term.

Larry Lathrop of Dowagiac is set to begin painting a mural on the wall at the former Electrolux site in Belding in April, weather allowing. It is his hope to finish the project by the Fourth of July.

Belding City Council OKs mural for ‘gathering place’

A gathering place is one step closer to being completed after four years of planning in this city. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a mural on the wall on the Electrolux property near the Alvah N. Belding Library on land that has been dubbed “the gathering place.”

During a regular meeting last Monday, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education heard an audit report from a managing member of a Saranac accounting firm. The district was given a clean opinion on its audit report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Positive audit for Belding schools

Steven Thompson, a managing member of the Saranac accounting firm of Biggs, Hausserman, Thompson and Dickinson, talked numbers with the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Dec. 19. During a regular meeting of the board, Thompson gave an audit report for the school district based on the fiscal year ending June 30. According to Thompson, the district received a clean audit opinion, which is the “best type of audit opinion you can get.”

The Eastern and Midwest Chapter of Vesting America’s Police K-9s has worked with members of the Ingham County Sheriff’s office, shown here, to secure a vest for one of their K-9 officers, Titan.  — Courtesy photo

Belding group works to provide bulletproof vests for police dogs

Reserve Deputy Erin Dean of the Kirklin Police Department in Indiana has been with her partner Cinch for nine years. They have been in a variety of situations on the job, including some tense moments with suspects. Dean said she and Cinch have developed a bond so close that she feels like Cinch is part of her family.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey tells the Board of Education and members of the audience that he hopes to continue the support the community has given Belding schools and the desire to grow stronger and keep improving together during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board votes to change Redskins mascot

Belding’s longtime mascot is about to become a piece of history.

After months of conversation at school board meetings and special community forums, the Belding Area Schools board voted unanimously to change the mascot from the Redskins and to do away with any Native American associated imagery on Monday evening.

Students in Diane Kuhn’s class at Belding Middle School say their daily affirmations for positive thinking Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School students focus on acts of kindness

’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board votes to change the school mascot

After months of hearing from members of the community and outsiders to the community, the Belding Board of Education came to a decision about the Redskins mascot Monday evening.

Jennifer DiSpirito’s health students at the Belding Middle School made projects to show food groups, healthy snacks and functions of different things people get from food such as protein.

Belding Middle School students talk nutrition

Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.

The Belding City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to leave speed limits as they are on S. Bridge Street from E. State Street (M-44) to Flat River Trail and out past city limits as recommended by engineering and architecture firm Fleis & Vandenbrink. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Speed limits won’t change on Belding’s Bridge Street

Speed limits will remain the same after a split Belding City Council vote Tuesday evening. The council voted to leave speed limits as is on S. Bridge Street just outside the city limits and into city limits in a 3-2 vote. Councilmen Mike Scheid and Bruce Meyers voted “no.”