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Grattan Elementary School sixth-graders and brothers, Henry Merren, 11, left, and Owen Merren, 11, explain to their classroom details they recently researched about the Flint water crisis. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan students have ‘penny wars’ to help Flint residents

The first thing a visitor to Grattan Academy Elementary School sees as they walk into the building is a case displaying four jars filled with change beneath the phrase, “Let the penny wars begin!”

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Beverly Brownell points to a map of Belding with every bus route throughout the school district. A new electronic routing system will replace the map, which is currently organized with color-coded thumbtacks and pushpins. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New transportation system coming to Belding schools

When plotting bus routes for Belding Area Schools, Transportation Director Beverly Brownell often feels like she’s jumping a few decades into the past. That’s because the current system in place involves a printed map that uses a color-coded system of pushpins and thumb tacks to map out the school district’s bus routes.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation from Donna Oser, the director of leadership, development and executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards, during a special Jan. 6 board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools starts its superintendent search

The search for the next superintendent of Belding Area Schools is now underway. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education had a special meeting Jan. 6 to begin crafting a framework for the hiring process that will extend through the next six months.

The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry is organized in a way that visitors can “shop” through the pantry with assistance from a volunteer to ensure they leave with enough items to support their family. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry ‘paying it forward’

The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry has been providing food for 20 years, and the need for its services are as important now as when it first opened. Open every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pantry, located at 8197 Heth St. in Orleans Township, offers a variety of foods and other items for families in need.

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Vietnam War memorial wall is moving forward again

When Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft gets a green light, he doesn’t hesitate to race forward.

After several months of completing the process of submitting proper paperwork and working with the city of Belding to move forward with his project to build a Vietnam War memorial on city property, it appears all confusion has finally been laid to rest.

The front steps at the Belrockton Museum, located at 108 Hanover St. in Belding, will undergo repairs in the spring after the city and museum board agreed to split the cost evenly. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to help repair museum’s crumbling front steps

From parking to repairs, the Belrockton Belding Museum will be receiving a few upgrades this winter and spring to help make the facility more accommodating for visitors. The historic museum, located at 108 Hanover St., is in need of a little maintenance, and thanks to some collaboration, repairs will be occurring after members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve spending $5,750 to replace the front steps, which are in disrepair and a potential hazard for those who use them.

A new Christmas tree will be lit during during the inaugural Belding tree lighting ceremony outside Belding City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tree lighting and Home for the Holidays this weekend in Belding

The Christmas season is starting early this year in Belding, with cookies, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. Two holiday events are scheduled to coincide with each other, helping to bring cheer to the community.

The 75 employees at Stahlin Enclosures in Belding work a series of three shifts at the company, which produces fiberglass enclosure boxes that are shipped worldwide. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures

In a fictional 1955, when Dr. Emmett Brown harnessed the tremendous power of a bolt of lightning to send his DeLorean time machine and friend Marty McFly back to the future, a movie franchise was born. One of the most important plot devices of the iconic 1985 blockbuster film, “Back To The Future,” was created in the city of Belding.

From left, Otisco Township board members, Trustee Dan Ziegler, Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate storage of recreational vehicles in the township during the Nov. 10 township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco board talks outdoor storage, recreational vehicle ordinance

Michigan provides ample opportunities for recreation for its residents, from snowmobiling down frozen trails in the winter to racing a speed boat across choppy waters in the summer. But what happens when those vehicles, and other recreational items, need to be stored when they are not in use?

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.