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A custom wood bench memorializing Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old boy from Belding who drowned in the Flat River in 2013, was stolen this week. It is tan in color and has carvings of a boy fishing on it, a religious cross, and the phrase “don’t stop believing” inscribed on it, as well as Devon’s name. — Courtesy photo

Memorial bench stolen from mother’s yard in Belding

Police are investigating the theft of a bench that memorialized Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old Belding boy who drowned in the Flat River in 2013.

The bench was gifted to Devon’s mother, Shauna Green-Smith, and placed in her front yard at her home on Harrison Street.

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Lyons man airlifted to hospital after suspected drunken driving crash

A Lyons man was airlifted to a hospital Friday afternoon after a suspected drunken driving accident.

Every student at Belding Area Schools in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad in the 2012-2013 school-year through the purchase of 1,300 units through a $38.8 million bond levy. — Daily News/Cory Smith

iPad sales to continue this week in Belding

Those who were unable to take advantage of the reduced price of $100 for second generation iPads at the Belding Community Showcase are in luck. The technology department of Belding Area Schools is extending the sale through Friday. The iPads can be purchased at the Technology Department building located 321 Wilson St. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eric Harrington. — Courtesy photo

ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

A Belding woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend eight times after he attacked her while on multiple drugs in front of their child. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler issued the legal ruling on Friday.

From left, Julia Finely, 11, Annabel Maag, 13, Xavier Hughes, 12, Bayli Isaacs, 12, Ella Jones, 13, Joseph Hall, 13 and Alivia Lamborne, 7, perform an anti-bullying play during Thursday evening’s Belding Community Showcase. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Community Showcase displays the best in organizations, businesses

The halls of Belding High School were filled with members of the public Thursday, celebrating the successes of the community and learning more about local businesses and organizations.

Hallways were decked with artwork students made specifically to display during the showcase. Middle school and elementary school students were performing in the auditorium. People were walking about excitedly, talking with each other.

From left, Club Phoenix staff members Clarissa Gerwig, maintenance worker Glenn Moore, Shirley Downer, owner Jon Bunce, resident trainer Alyssa Garner, and Jenna Ferguson celebrate the opening of the gym in Belding. A ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m. at 240 Covered Village Mall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Grand opening for Phoenix fitness center in Belding is today

For two years, Jon Bunce has clung to a property at the Covered Village Mall, hoping to one day realize his dream of opening the first and only fitness center in his hometown community. Today, that dream becomes a reality.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting last October in Belding. The shooting was ruled to have been lawfully justified by self defense. — File photo

IN BRIEF: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

A Belding woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend eight times after he attacked her while on multiple drugs in front of their child.

The Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office issued the ruling this afternoon.

Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell from SmithGroupJJR start a discussion with community members at a recreation advisory board meeting to help with the master plan for Belding city parks. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding parks looking to be revamped

Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.

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Woodview Elementary School to begin roofing project

Woodview Elementary School is getting a partial re-roof over the course of the next three years.

During Monday evening’s meeting, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved a bid from Rasmussen Exteriors of Grand Rapids for $317,897.32, which will be broken down and added to the budgets of the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

Fourth grade students from Belding’s Woodview Elementary School perform on drums and tambourines during last year’s Belding Community Showcase at Belding High School. This year’s showcase will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Belding High School. — File photo

Belding Community Showcase is Thursday night

Community members are invited to Belding High School to enjoy an evening of fun.

Thursday marks the 20th annual Belding Community Showcase, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.