Belding High School’s Class of 2017 throws their caps high into the air to celebrate during Thursday evening’s graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School graduates 135 seniors

The last class of the Belding Redskins graduated during a Thursday evening ceremony.

Excited parents and family members packed into the gymnasium at Belding High School to celebrate the 135 high school students and one adult education student.

Members of the 2017 graduating class of Flat River Academy celebrate their accomplishment Wednesday evening by tossing their caps high into the air outside of the school. — Courtesy photo/Kim Jordon

Flat River Academy students celebrate graduation

Graduating from high school is an indicator of great change in one’s life, and for the senior class of Flat River Academy, they are a testament of moving forward through positive change.

Fred Russell, 17, is graduating from Belding High School this evening. Russell came close to not being able to graduate, but he worked hard to overcome multiple challenges in his life. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding senior to graduate after facing many challenges in home life

Fred Russell hasn’t had an easy life. He and his three younger brothers and older sister have had to contend with a difficult living situation most of their lives. During his high school years, Fred moved for various reasons 10 different times.

Don Vanderkooi and his dog, Barron, high five after a successful find of a subject at Ric’s Food Center in Rockford during a training exercise Friday afternoon. They participated in a weekend-long training seminar put on by Kent County Search and Rescue in collaboration with Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Kent County Search and Rescue group hosts seminar

Dogs are man’s best friend and have been a source of companionship for humans for thousands of years. Noses endowed with impeccable senses of smell turn everyday canines into heroes after the right training.

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JUST IN: Belding women injured in Sunday night crash

Two 20-year-old women from the Belding area were transported via Life Ambulance from the scene of an injury accident on Long Lake Road near Kiddville Road Sunday night.

An electronic sign that scrolls messages for community-related events and other goings-on in the city sits at the intersection of Bridge Street and Congress Street in Belding. The sign was made possible through donations from the Leppinks family. What the sign should display was the topic for a work session during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding council talks electronic sign usage

The uses of a newly installed electric sign were up for debate Tuesday evening. The Belding City Council opened up a work session to talk about the electronic sign.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.


Belding school board approves temporary logo design

A temporary logo for summer sports camp T-shirts has been approved, after much discussion by the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

During Monday’s regular meeting, board members discussed how shirts for summer sports camps will look because the district hasn’t settled on artwork to go along with the newly unveiled Black Knight mascot.


IN BRIEF: Vietnam War Memorial to move forward Wednesday

The Vietnam War Memorial standing as part of the Freedom Wall in Belding will have its next piece installed Wednesday.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves technology purchase

A new technology purchase has been approved by a local school board.