A house fire which started early Wednesday afternoon in Grattan Township was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Grattan Township Fire Department with the assistance of firefighters from Cannon Township and Belding. According to Grattan Township Fire Chief Kirk Bride, the cause of the fire at 12221 Belding Road is currently under investigation.
A virtual path to academic success for struggling high school students in this community will soon be a reality. In a 7-0 vote by members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday, the district officially entered into an agreement with Berrien Springs Public School to establish the Belding Virtual Learning Center.
After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s interim city manager beginning Monday. In a 5-0 vote by members of Belding City Council, Brown’s contract to manage the city on an interim basis was approved.
It’s hard pressed to find a resident of this community who doesn’t have a personal memory to share of Dr. Anthony Joseph Andenno. With his passing on Saturday at 90 years of age, the Belding resident and beloved family doctor leaves behind a mark on the community that all residents can embrace with pride.
Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.
After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s new interim manager beginning Monday.
Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.
The path to a solution regarding the lengthy contract dispute between Belding teachers and the Board of Education has struck its largest impasse. A tentative agreement was recently reached on the contract between the school board and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union negotiators, but it was overwhelmingly voted down by the union this week.
Bruce Brown is no stranger to managing cities.Now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community. During a special Belding City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the council voted 5-0 to nominate Brown for the position of interim city manager.
There appears to be no denying the Belding High School Robotics program, especially on its home turf. On Saturday a total of seven Belding teams, five from the high school and two from Belding Middle School, competed in the third annual Belding High School Robotics Tournament.