Councilman Tom Jones, left, Mayor Ron Gunderson, and councilman Doug Feehan take notes during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considers amending charter

Unrest in Belding continues regarding to the appointment of nonresidents to commissions and boards. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council discussed that issue and heard comment from several members of the sizable audience.

From left, sisters Paige Purcey, 8, and Faith Purcey, 12, and parents Angela Purcey, 32, and Jeff Purcey, 34, search for wild Pokemon creatures Saturday at Water Street Park in Belding while playing the new “Pokemon Go” mobile phone game.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gamers take to the streets to play new ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile phone game

To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.

As Gus Macker Basketball and the city of Belding establish a new partnership, workers with Gus Macker help set up Friday for this weekend’s tournament in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gus Macker partners with Belding for recreational needs

Gus Macker has expanded recreational services in Belding from basketball tournaments to events on a city-wide level.

In a partnership with the city of Belding, Gus Macker — which is hosting its Greenville event this weekend — has agreed to serve as the hub for recreation coordination efforts, not only for city-sponsored events but also for private group events.

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday discussed the next steps for reevaluating the Redskins mascot over the coming months. From left, Administrative Assistant Val Clementz, board members Cori Anderson, Terry Boni, Shannon Hummel, Superintendent Sara Shriver and Board President Tim Flynn. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding board starts planning future discussions and education on mascot

The debate over the Belding Redskins mascot continues — and will likely continue into the next academic year. During Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, board members worked toward making a decision regarding the school mascot. Even among board members, the issue is not an easy one.

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Schafer sworn in as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

Ronald Schafer recalled his time in high school, when he said there was “no way” his mother could have imagined a day in which her son would be sworn in as a judge in the state of Michigan.

But on the third story of the Ionia County Courthouse on Friday, a packed courtroom of friends, family, supporters — and Schafer’s mother — witnessed otherwise, as Schafer was sworn in as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr.

The Belding High School class of 2016 throws their caps into the air in celebration after the conclusion of Thursday evening’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School graduates 151 seniors

It was lucky for Belding seniors and their families the commencement ceremony was held indoors, owing to a brief but torrential downpour of rain Thursday evening.

“I think that’s rain, actually, so it’s a good thing we’re not on the football field,” Principal Brett Zuver quipped during his opening comments.

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Day of Notables showcases Belding fifth grade projects

Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.

Belding resident Carmin Barker stands to address the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during public comment at Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding community, school board discuss mascot issue

The days of the Belding Redskin being trapped in limbo could be numbered.

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education discussed the issue at Monday evening’s meeting. During public comment, five residents stood to address the board.

To the left of the entrance to Rudness Field at Belding Area Schools, a depiction of the Redskin logo and name is on display. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Area Schools and community review use of longtime mascot

A national debate has hit home for residents of Belding.

The usage of Native American-derived mascots for sports teams has been debated for years, but a resolution is still not readily evident in the near future. People have gone back and forth in local communities, on sports news shows and in publications. Many school districts and national organizations have conceded their mascot in favor of something unrelated to Native Americans.

From left, Julia Finely, 11, Annabel Maag, 13, Xavier Hughes, 12, Bayli Isaacs, 12, Ella Jones, 13, Joseph Hall, 13 and Alivia Lamborne, 7, perform an anti-bullying play during Thursday evening’s Belding Community Showcase. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Community Showcase displays the best in organizations, businesses

The halls of Belding High School were filled with members of the public Thursday, celebrating the successes of the community and learning more about local businesses and organizations.

Hallways were decked with artwork students made specifically to display during the showcase. Middle school and elementary school students were performing in the auditorium. People were walking about excitedly, talking with each other.