On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.
Downtown Belding will never look the same again.
What was once a busy railway that brought commuter and industry traffic through the heart of downtown will now return in the form of a cycling trail. It’s been a dream that has been discussed for years, but now, construction has officially started and, come Aug. 1, the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail (FMRVRT) through Belding will be complete.
It’s a moment no firefighter wants to come across when searching through a burning home — the sound of a trapped dog barking for help or the discovery of a frightened cat hiding under a bed.
But those moments do happen, and just as firefighters would rescue an adult or child, those animals also need rescue.
According to Finance Director Adrienne Barna, the budget projection will change based on information from the state and additional reductions that may be necessary prior to the June board meeting where the 2014-2015 budget will be presented to the board for approval. In its current state, the proposed budget will operate at a deficit of $846,373.
After a lengthy closed session meeting which lasted more than 3 1/2 hours, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore left Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting following her performance evaluation with her position still intact.
For visitors of the Alvah N. Belding Library on Wednesday, Dominic Francisco was a curious sight to behold. The Belding High School freshman wandered up and down the building’s many corridors, filled with books from end to end, searching diligently from A to Z.
Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, will shut its doors at the end of this school year as its overseer decided not to renew its contract. Central Michigan University’s Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools notified the academy Monday it will no longer authorize the school after June 30, citing low Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores and declining enrollment. Threshold, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students.
With a standing room only crowd, the intensity of Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting reached a boiling point once the floor was opened for citizen comment. Several residents and business owners of Belding and neighboring communities spoke in succession, each with a plea that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position “immediately.”
The Belding robotics team continues to climb to new heights each and every year, and now the team will ascend to its highest peak yet. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to allow the five members of the team who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship to travel to Anaheim, Calif. in April.
Orleans township will continue to receive dedicated police coverage for the next three years after an agreement was recently secured with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. The Orleans Township Board voted Feb. 18 to accept a three-year contract with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for township coverage in the form of a dedicated deputy.