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Rob Butler, left, and Mike Versluis, sprinkler fitters with Fire Pros of Grand Rapids, work to repair broken pipes that burst due to freezing temperatures in the Covered Village Mall in Belding Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Frozen pipe bursting causes stir at Belding mall

The former Rayborn hardware store has been empty for several years, but even vacant buildings can cause unexpected problems for nearby business owners. That was the case around 9 a.m. Monday when a frozen pipe burst, triggering an alarm that required the attention of the Belding Fire Department.

The Wesco gas station in Belding, located at 105 W. State St., will undergo several months of construction this spring in which the store building will be demolished and rebuilt with a newer facility, along with new gas pumps and expanded parking. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Wesco rebuild project OK’d

With a unanimous vote by council members at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, the Belding Wesco gas station, located at 105 W. State St., will soon be remodeled on a larger parcel with a new store, additional parking and more service pumps.

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B-COR takes on duties of Belding Food Pantry and God’s Kitchen

The Belding Food Pantry of the past is but a shadow of the organization as it stands today.

The face of the pantry has changed dramatically since last spring, mostly due to the efforts spearheaded by Belding resident Julie Rodts.

Members of Belding City Council, from left, Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullednore, and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, discuss the Zoning Board of Appeals during the Dec. 16 council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council schedules work session to discuss Zoning Board of Appeals candidates

A city board that was absorbed by the Belding City Council seven months ago appears to be on the path of reinstatement after members of the council voted to schedule a work session. At the Dec. 16 council meeting, council members voted 4-1, with Councilman Dennis Cooper opposed, to schedule a session for Jan. 6, when the council will discuss how to properly evaluate candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.

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VIDEO: Daily News video showcases Belding marching band at finals

The Belding High School marching band never fails to put on an entertaining show, but the time and effort put in by so many students often goes unnoticed.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, right, speaks with officer Shannon Hummel Monday afternoon outside of the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding a ‘most improved crime rate’ town

Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.

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Belding residents, city council reflect on message of positivity

The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.

Cars drive over the new bridge over Main Street in downtown Belding on Sunday for the first time after five months of construction to replace the bridge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Main Street bridge complete after five months

The bridge linking residents to their groceries, restaurants and coveted goods and services in this town has been restored. Since June 23, the Main Street Bridge over the Flat River has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the deteriorating structure was rebuilt.

The students of Faith Community Christian School flocked to Administrator Kim Borgenson’s “Camp Out for Reading Camper” as part of National Young Readers Week this week. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Faith Community Christian School leader parks RV, inspires young reader

Faith Community Christian School Administrator Kim Borgenson wants to inspire kids to read so much she is willing to brave the harsh November weather in order to do it. On Sunday and Monday, Borgenson was camped out in the school parking lot in order to promote National Young Readers Week.