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A house fire Wednesday morning at 3275 Dick Road in Orleans Township was likely caused by a wood stove in the rear of the home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wood stove likely cause of Wednesday morning Orleans Township house fire

Firefighters from four departments worked together Wednesday morning in freezing conditions to extinguish a house fire after a hunter in the woods spotted smoke and flames coming from a residence on Dick Road. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to the fully involved structure fire at 3275 Dick Road, south of Peterson Road, at 8:02 a.m.

B Foundation founder Mikayla Linebaugh, left, assists Belding resident Keisha Park with a cheek swab Wednesday evening during a bone marrow registry drive at Belding High School. At top left, cheek swab samples taken at Wednesday’s bone marrow registry drive will eventually be tested to see if people who participated in the drive are eligible for the national bone marrow registry. — Daily News/Cory Smith

B Foundation registers more than 80 possible bone marrow donors

When 10-year-old Bree Town’s acute myeloid leukemia relapsed last month after a year of remission, the reaction from the Greenville community was immediate and overwhelming. Several bone marrow and blood drives were quickly scheduled throughout the community, as Bree, a fourth-grade student at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, will now need a bone marrow transplant as she currently undergoes high dosage chemotherapy.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, listen to a presentation at the Nov. 19 city council meeting about the possibility of receiving a SAW grant to help pay for wastewater and storm water projects. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding applies for state water management grant

It’s only a matter of time before Belding will have to address the lack of asset management plans in regard to the city’s wastewater and storm water systems. With estimated expenses totaling nearly $1 million in costs to implement the two asset plans, the burden of paying for the two projects would be quite strenuous on the city’s budget.

Supporters of fired Belding police officer Jason Cooper picket along Bridge Street in front of Belding City Hall on Tuesday with signs that read “Bring Coop Back.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community rallies for Coop (PHOTO GALLERY)

A Tuesday afternoon rally for a fired Belding police officer culminated in a single message to the Belding City Council that night. “Bring Coop back.” That was the message printed on more than 100 signs carried by supporters of Jason Cooper, who was terminated from his position after an alleged incident took place on Oct. 11 at the Grattan Irish Pub in Grattan Township.

A ceremony Monday evening at the Belding Veterans Park celebrated area veterans with the unveiling of the new Korean War Monument.

Belding honors veterans with new Korean War monument

Belding resident and Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft smiles as he welcomes visitors to Belding Veterans Park for a Veterans Day ceremony Monday evening.

The Belding High School marching band marched to an eighth place finish at the Michigan Competing Bands Association state finals Saturday. The band performed “The Bermuda Triangle” and was given one of the highest scores it has received at a state final competition. — Courtesy Photo

Belding High School marching band takes 8th at state finals

After marching its way to the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state finals held at Ford Field Saturday, the Belding High School band can now officially call itself one of the top bands in the state for the 2013-14 school year.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members Timothy Flynn, right, and Robert Insley, left, discuss matters during the district board meeting Monday evening at the district administration building in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools allocates remaining bond funds

It’s been three years since voters in Belding approved a hefty bond resolution to improve facilities and technology for Belding Area Schools. The remaining funds are now being allocated after all the major projects have been completed.

With supporters behind her carrying messages of support, Otisco Township resident Lynn Mason announced her candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives District 86 on Monday at East Riverside Park in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Belding teacher announces her candidacy for state House

Former Belding educator and current Ionia County commissioner Lynn Mason has officially thrown her hat into the ring in the 2014 race for the Michigan House of Representatives 86th District.

Members of the Belding High School Marching Band, from left, Johnny Adame, Leevi Hansen, Andrew Swider, Sarah Rodel, and David Tuttle, perform Saturday evening at the second annual Redskin Invitational at Rudness field in Belding during a downpour of rain. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marchin’ in the Rain: Belding band picks up best score of season

The Belding High School Marching Band put on a show so moving Saturday evening that Mother Nature herself was found weeping as the final note played.

From left, Belding Community Garden Board Member Chris Belding, Mayor Pro Tem and Garden Coordinator Andrea Belding, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore and City Clerk Kareen Thomas stand at their booth showcasing the Belding Community Garden at the Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award competition on Sept. 12 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. — Courtesy photo

Belding’s community garden enjoys statewide showcase in Detroit

Sometimes a competition is not about winning, but rather the experience and recognition you earn along the way in the attempt to claim victory. The city of Belding may have fallen short in the 2013 Michigan Municipal League’s “Race for the Cup” on Sept. 20, which honors outstanding community projects, but the path that the city’s community garden took to be showcased statewide in Detroit has Belding officials smiling as if they came home boasting of first place.