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Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander discusses the changes in elective offerings he’s hoping to bring to students during the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considering ‘high-interest electives’ and ‘Saturday school’

Principal Michael Ostrander is looking ahead, and the future is looking bright for Belding High School.

During Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, Ostrander reported on happenings at the high school.

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IN BRIEF: Belding City Council hosts 3 public hearings

The Belding City Council heard comments from members of the public on three different topics during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander listens to a comment from high school senior Dominic Francisco, 18, at a committee meeting Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Bengals, Bruins or Black Knights? Belding chooses top 3 names

There are three mascots left in the running for Belding Area Schools, but there can only be one winner.

Trustees Ben Oatley, left, and Dan Zeigler discuss the Township Hall addition during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Otisco Township Board. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township nixes construction contract

The construction agreement for a controversial Township Hall addition has been canceled. The Otisco Township Board discussed the issue for nearly an hour during a regular meeting Tuesday evening. The discussion came to a 3-2 vote in favor of canceling the construction agreement with Scheid Construction Inc. with trustees Ben Oatley and Dan Zeigler voting against the motion.

A job fair will be held at the Orchard Hills building at 1975 Orchard St. on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers set to have booths there include Granco Clark, Daily Deals, Hope Network and Stafford Communications. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Adult Education to host job fair Thursday

It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression and the Belding Adult Education program is giving community members a chance to make a positive first impression on area employers.

More than a hundred students on 50 teams from schools across the state competed Saturday at the annual Belding High School Vex Robotics Tournament at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding hosts largest robotics competition in history of event

All across the state of Michigan, robotics clubs are growing in popularity. It has taken off so much so in recent years, according to Tom Daller, a Belding High School teacher, the competitions are starting to require an extra stage for competition. Instead of preliminary tournaments to decide which teams will go to state competitions, preliminary tournaments will be the deciding matches for regional competitions.

Greenville’s first game at its newest stadium, Legacy Field, in 2012 opened with the rivalry game against Belding. The Yellow Jackets won the game 43-12. Belding’s last win against Greenville was in 2013, a 47-14 win. — File photo

Historic Belding-Greenville football rivalry abruptly halted

Last season was considered the 99th meeting between the Belding Redskins and the Greenville Yellow Jackets, one of the oldest high school football rivalries in Michigan.

The two teams may never face each other again.

Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.

From left, Belding Board of Education Secretary, Doug Lamborne, Vice President Debra Bach, Board Member Shannon Hummel, President Timothy Flynn, Member Kate Feuerstein, Treasurer Terry Boni and Member Lary Richmond.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Three people were sworn in on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening; although only one of the faces was new to the board.

Terry Boni and Debra Bach were sworn in to start their new terms on the board. A new addition to the board, Kate Feuerstein, was also sworn in to start her term.

Larry Lathrop of Dowagiac is set to begin painting a mural on the wall at the former Electrolux site in Belding in April, weather allowing. It is his hope to finish the project by the Fourth of July.

Belding City Council OKs mural for ‘gathering place’

A gathering place is one step closer to being completed after four years of planning in this city. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a mural on the wall on the Electrolux property near the Alvah N. Belding Library on land that has been dubbed “the gathering place.”