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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.

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.

Brent Noskey, the new Belding Area Schools superintendent, officially started work on July 1 and has been working ever since to be as effective as possible in his role and reaching out to the community. To that end, he is holding a community wide open house for parents to come and meet him on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding’s new superintendent is having meet-and-greets this week

One month has passed since Superintendent Brent Noskey has taken the helm at Belding Area Schools. As the new school year approaches, Noskey is looking to the future to figure out ways to better the district and the surrounding community. One thing he is planning to do for community outreach is to host two “parent nights” — the first for parents and students already attending Belding schools to meet and talk with him and the second for parents and students attending schools outside of the district but live in Belding.

Councilman Tom Jones, left, Mayor Ron Gunderson, and councilman Doug Feehan take notes during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considers amending charter

Unrest in Belding continues regarding to the appointment of nonresidents to commissions and boards. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council discussed that issue and heard comment from several members of the sizable audience.

Dale Miller

Ionia County races decided in primary

The results for Tuesday’s primary elections are in and Ionia County voters have spoken. Votes from 31 precincts were counted and recorded to proclaim the winners in the various races.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.

From left, sisters Paige Purcey, 8, and Faith Purcey, 12, and parents Angela Purcey, 32, and Jeff Purcey, 34, search for wild Pokemon creatures Saturday at Water Street Park in Belding while playing the new “Pokemon Go” mobile phone game.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gamers take to the streets to play new ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile phone game

To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday discussed the next steps for reevaluating the Redskins mascot over the coming months. From left, Administrative Assistant Val Clementz, board members Cori Anderson, Terry Boni, Shannon Hummel, Superintendent Sara Shriver and Board President Tim Flynn. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding board starts planning future discussions and education on mascot

The debate over the Belding Redskins mascot continues — and will likely continue into the next academic year. During Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, board members worked toward making a decision regarding the school mascot. Even among board members, the issue is not an easy one.