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Belding High School freshman Dominic Francisco, 15, uses his iPad to scan a QR code square Wednesday afternoon at the Alvah N. Belding Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students make use of iPads in library quest

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 in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy forced to shut its doors at end of school year

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.

The Pere Marquette Depot in Belding was at capacity for Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council Member, in which several members of the community and surrounding area asked that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community members demand city manager’s resignation; she says no

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.”

Members of the Belding Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow the Belding robotics team to travel to the VEX World Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif. in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in world tournament

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, with the township hall located in the village of Orleans, will continue to receive dedicated police coverage from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office after a three-year agreement was renewed by council members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township, Ionia Sheriff renew dedicated police coverage agreement

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.

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14-year-old injured in Belding area sledding, snowmobile accident

A Belding-area teenager was injured Monday afternoon when he was riding a sled pulled behind a snowmobile and then fell off the sled. Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2 p.m. to 9825 Ellis Road, west of Storey Road (M-91) to a call of a personal injury accident.

From left, Belding Robotics team members Tyler Gasper, Jessie Boyd, John Parcher, Haley Davis and Taylor Sluiter stand together in East Lansing after finishing second and third place in the Michigan State Vex Robotics Tournament. — Courtesy photo

Belding robotics team takes 2nd, 3rd at state finals

The Belding robotics team returned home this weekend with much success in the state championship tournament. One of its two teams was just a few points shy of claiming the state championship.

Several hundred gallons of water placed at Belding City Hall await pickup from Belding residents currently dealing with frozen water pipes at their homes.

City of Belding hands out free water to residents with frozen water lines

Tami and Ben Bradbury have lived in Belding for 17 years without any water problems — until now. A Michigan winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and levels of snowfall has created many difficulties for state residents, including a high number of frozen water lines.

The Belding Veterans Park was neglected earlier in the winter until Belding City Council members volunteered their time to shovel snow from the grounds of the park, allowing visitors an easier time of visiting the monuments. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Veterans Park moving forward with WWI monument

On a cold, snowy day, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson pulled his truck up to the Veterans Park, stepped outside, and grabbed himself a shovel. As he began to dig into and heave snow over his shoulder, clearing a more traversable pathway for visitors of the park, he noticed something in the snow.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education discuss entering into an agreement Monday evening with Montcalm Community College to join the college’s Early College program. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools join MCC’s Early College program

Montcalm Community College has a goal to eventually include all seven Montcalm County public school districts within its Early College program. As the college pursues that goal, it can officially add an Ionia County district to that list.