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Ed Schermerhorn, left, and Jeff Puehler, of the Belding Department of Public Works, work together to remove a 35 mph speed sign on S. Bridge St. in Belding on Wednesday afternoon, and to replace it with a 25 mph speed limit sign. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding slows down speed limit on S. Bridge Street from city limits to M-44

The Belding City Council wants motorists to slow down. The council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Councilman Jerome Lallo absent, to approve an order to decrease the speed limit on S. Bridge Street “from the city limits at Flat River Trail into town at M-44,” according to Police Chief Dale Nelson.

Grattan Township resident Gary Slosser believes he has been unfairly targeted by township officials in dealing with a property dispute with fellow neighbors over the pooling of rainwater. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Pooling water’ creates tension for Grattan residents, officials

A property dispute between residents will be given a chance for private resolution before it returns to the Grattan Township Board. During Monday evening’s meeting, board members discussed what Township Supervisor Frank Force described as a “two-year issue” involving residents Gary Slosser, Curtis Holt and Janise Riney.

Firefighters from the Belding Fire Department and Greenville Department of Public Safety work to extinguish a fire at 303 E. Ann St. in Belding this morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

BREAKING: Woman dies in Belding house fire, another woman escapes

A woman was discovered dead inside a Belding home early this morning from injuries sustained in a fire, while another woman was able to escape with injuries by jumping from a second story window.

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.