Volunteer “grandma” Barb Rogers of Belding, left, sits with Lana Sanders, 4, to craft a birthday crown that Lana will wear at school when her birthday rolls around. Lana attends the new preschool program offered by Faith Community Christian School on the outskirts of Belding. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Faith Community Christian School now offers preschool program

Those looking for a faith-based option for pre-school children are in luck.

Faith Community Christian School, located at the corner of M-91 and Fisk Road on the outskirts of Belding, has opened up a preschool program this year in an effort to bring more children and parents into their building.

Miss Belding and her court will reign over the city’s Labor Day festivities this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Kiddie King Bentley Parker, Miss Belding Lauren Thompson and Kiddie Queen Tinley Brown; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner Up Ava Baltruczak, Young Miss Madison Baltruczak, Junior Miss First Runner-Up Jacqueline Quintino, Junior Miss Ana Hintz; Miss Belding First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Krista Hull, Junior/Young Miss Congeniality Katelyn Walch and Young Miss Court member Jacklyn McCarty. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Thompson teen is crowned Miss Belding, again

Lauren Thompson is about to start her senior year at Belding High School, where she is active in band and Leadership Council.

She has also started a successful new hobby: Collecting crowns.

The Friends of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trail work to maintain 38 miles of the trail that cuts through various West Michigan communities with the hope that they will one day be able to improve and connect all segments of the trail. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Trails group working to designate walkable communities

Creating a network of walkable and rideable trails that connects communities is an important goal for the Friends of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails. Accomplishing that goal is a journey that’s been six years in the making and continues to this day.

According to Robert Brown Jr., chairman for the Friends, designating walkable communities is just one more piece of obtaining funding for the network of trails that run through Greenville, Belding, Lowell, Saranac and Ionia.

A large tree snapped by an EF1 tornado Saturday lies on its side in the yard of Jan and Chuck Sanders at 2348 Belding Road (M-44) in Orleans Township Sunday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tornado rips through Orleans Township (PHOTO GALLERIES)

Jan Sanders had one eye on the television and one outside her window when she realized she needed to get herself, her husband, Chuck, and their daughter, Amy, to the basement. Just two minutes later, an EF-1 tornado tore through the property at 2348 Belding Road (M-44).

Otisco Township Treasurer Jan Breimayer, left, and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss the bids for the township hall addition and the hiring of the architect for the project during Tuesday evening’s special meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Trouble continues for Otisco Township Hall project

A planned township hall addition could be put on hold depending on architectural plans. During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Otisco Township Board voted 4-0, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to hire architect Steve Worth to draw up plans for a proposed project, for which the board previously accepted bids from two Belding construction companies.

The new Belding Vietnam War Michigan Prisoners of War monument was placed in front of the Vietnam Wall Memorial on Tuesday at Belding Veterans Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan POW monument placed at Belding memorial (PHOTOS)

After two tours in Vietnam, U.S. Army veteran Chuck Wright can still recall every region he once spent time in half a world away. Whether it was arriving on shore by boat in 1965, or dropping in as a paratrooper in 1969, Wright’s time with the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division is worthy of a monument for all to admire and respect.

From left, Councilmen Brad Miller, Mike Scheid, Tom Jones and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen to city attorney Randall Kraker talk about putting a charter amendment on the November ballot for citizens to approve or deny. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council moves forward with charter amendment

A charter amendment will be on the Nov. 8 ballot for voters in the city of Belding.

During a special meeting Monday evening, the City Council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution to put a charter amendment on the ballot for citizens to decide whether to allow nonresidents of the city to serve on the museum, library and recreation advisory boards.

Police officers from the Belding Police Department and Michigan State Police assist a suspect Monday into a Belding police cruiser. The suspect was arrested after he “became irate” at Mercantile Bank in Otisco Township, resulting in the deployment of a Taser gun. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belding man arrested outside of bank

A 61-year-old Belding man was taken into custody from the Mercantile Bank branch located at the corner of M-44 and M-91 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Monday. Michigan State Police originally took the call but requested officers from the Belding Police Department respond to the scene, as well, as the state trooper was en route from Ionia. Belding police officers were dispatched at approximately 9:22 a.m.

James Miller (Curler), right, and his mother, Marie Miller, are pictured moments after they found out Gerald R. Ford Airport would be providing round-trip airfare through Allegiant Airlines, as well as parking, merchandise and a $100 Visa gift card for a trip to Disney World in Florida. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding man is going to Disney World

James Miller (Curler) is kind of a big deal in Belding.

He enjoys making new friends and visiting old ones. Many people in the community have probably seen him walking up and down Ellis Road waving to the cars passing by.

Otisco Township Board Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves listen as a resident gives a statement during Tuesday’s public comment on a proposed addition to the Township Hall. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board moves ahead with hall addition despite concerns

Amid cries from some members of the audience to table the discussion, the Otisco Township Board voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to proceed with the construction of an addition to the Township Hall. The Township Hall was packed with nearly 60 people and the meeting lasted more than two hours, the majority of that time involving public comment in favor of and against the addition. The audience was split down the middle on both sides.