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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.

Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell from SmithGroupJJR start a discussion with community members at a recreation advisory board meeting to help with the master plan for Belding city parks. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding parks looking to be revamped

Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.

Disc golfers at SMASH Park in Belding listen to disc golf instructor Ragna Bygde talk about putting during Saturday’s tournament. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women’s disc golf event has great turnout (PHOTOS)

Chandra DeGood positions her body in a half-crouch, as she prepares to heave a disc toward a basket barely visible through the trees. The four other women playing their way through the disc golf course at SMASH park in Belding on Saturday watched quietly as DeGood threw her drive down the fairway and then complimented her on the distance.

Pete McGowan owns Third Wave Coffee with his wife, Megan. They purchased the space in 2014. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Third Wave Coffee expanding

Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.

Newly appointed Belding Library Director Britney Dillon looks forward to sharing her love of books and reading with community members. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New director takes over at Alvah N. Belding Library

The Alvah N. Belding Library is under new management as of Monday. Greenville resident Britney Dillon officially started her tenure as the library’s director with what she playfully referred to as “baptism by fire.”