From left, Otisco Township board members, Trustee Dan Ziegler, Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate storage of recreational vehicles in the township during the Nov. 10 township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco board talks outdoor storage, recreational vehicle ordinance

Michigan provides ample opportunities for recreation for its residents, from snowmobiling down frozen trails in the winter to racing a speed boat across choppy waters in the summer. But what happens when those vehicles, and other recreational items, need to be stored when they are not in use?


Belding refinances its school bond loans

Belding Area Schools is refinancing $35 million in bond loans, which will save the district millions. At the Nov. 16 Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted 7-0 on resolutions to refinance the 2010 Build America Bonds, in the principal amount of $21,890,000, as well as the School Bond Loan fund, in the amount of $13,260,000, through William Blair & Company LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., at better interest rates.


Belding Area Schools, teachers agree to 2-year contract

After 16 months of disagreements and disputes, positive morale is returning to Belding Area Schools as teachers continue teaching, but now with a new union contract in place.


Ionia County’s physical plant director resigns

Ionia County’s physical plant director resigned this month after only one year on the job.

Joseph Cusack, 35, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Fenwick, was originally hired in 2003 to work as a probation officer for Ionia County’s Juvenile Court. In October 2014, he was hired as the county’s plant director.

Scott Ferman, a licensed contractor in Belding, expresses his frustration Tuesday with the decision by Belding City Council to contract out building services into Ionia County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to use company for city building services

A temporary switch in how building services are handled in Belding may now either relieve stress or create new headaches, depending on who is asked.

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS), but the decision did not come without criticism.

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.


UPDATE: Belding woman killed in early morning one-car crash

A Belding woman was killed early this morning after she lost control of her vehicle.

Troopers with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post are investigating the one-car crash which occurred on Canfield Road.


JUST IN: Belding enters contract for building services

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS).

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Despite technical glitches, Belding Marching Band succeeds at state finals

After more than 300 hours practicing through 55 rehearsals, five football games and three marching competitions, every ounce of effort put forth by members of the Belding Redskin Marching Band came down to one performance.

Gazing upward at the blinding stadium lights, taking in and reflecting upon the vast and powerful confines of Ford Field in Detroit, Belding High School senior Kyle Mansfield, 17, made sure he would never forget the next seven minutes and 30 seconds.

Ken Brandes was recently promoted to deputy fire chief with the Grattan Township Fire Department. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Township gets new deputy fire chief

It goes without saying that fire is dangerous. Sometimes deadly. However, residents in GrattanTownship can rest assure a competent man is helping run their fire department.