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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.

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.

The Community-As-School (CAS) program at Belding High School is going to make a comeback in the next academic year. Teacher Ed Albert will be running the program as he has in the past. He talked to more than 100 students at an informational meeting about the program Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School to revive CAS co-op program

Belding High School students lost access to the Community-As-School (CAS) program in 2011 as a result of changes in state-mandated curriculum. Six years later, due to recent changes in curriculum requirements, students once again will have access to the CAS program.

Summer Eubank, 17, Aurora Perez, 18, Cassidy Zuver, 18, and Cali Huddleston, 18, check out the selection of special occasion dresses donated from Forest Hills Eastern High School to Belding High School. The schools partnered to bring more than 100 special occasion dresses to Belding for students to choose from for free for tonight’s prom and upcoming school awards events. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Neighboring school donates 110 formal dresses to Belding High School

Prom season has arrived, which means fancy clothes, dinners out, hair appointments, nail appointments and hours and hours of primping. All of this can add up quickly and the cost of going to prom is just too high for some. To help alleviate the burden of cost, Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey reached out to Forest Hills Eastern High School Principal Steve Harvey to ask if they would be interested in running a dress drive.

A temporary art installation was unveiled Friday to students at Belding High School. The project is comprised of photos of students and staff holding up dry erase boards with single adjectives to describe themselves. The photos are arranged to spell out “We are BHS.” The project is meant to inspire unity. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding art students unveil installation

Each year, Andrea Sprague works with her 3-D design students to craft an art installation to be displayed at Belding High School. Installations in the past have been both temporary and permanent fixtures in the school. This year’s will be temporary, but Sprague is hopeful the effects will continue to ripple throughout the school even after the installation is removed.

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Leppinks honored with clock dedication

A new clock tower is now standing in downtown Belding. While the new one is only a fraction of the size of the previous clock tower the city was so well-known for, Mayor Ron Gunderson said he hopes it will be a symbol of rejuvenation and renaissance for Belding.

From left, Trustee Ben Oatley, Trustee Dan Zeigler, Clerk Lynda Sower and Treasurer Cara Johnson discuss township business during the regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township has not been pursuing back taxes; residents owe $80,000+

Delinquent property taxes are causing a headache for township officials. During a regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening, Treasurer Cara Johnson brought it to the board’s attention that some property owners owe back taxes dating back nearly two decades.

The Smyrna Social Club will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Macabee Hall in Smyrna on April 8. The celebration would have taken place March 11, but was delayed due to extended power outages caused by high-speed straight-line winds. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Smyrna Social Club to host late St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser event

The Smyrna Social Club has been hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the past 112 years. This year, it will be a little late.

From left, Kristen Balis, Madyson Scheid, Zeke Richmond, Tori Wittenbach, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Makennah Rousseau, Dana Smith, Sydney Gladding after the group of students were presented the Good Neighbor Award for participating in the Ambassadors of Music program. Not pictured are David Tuttle, Ryan Walcott, Pilar Kent and August Medema. The group of students will tour Europe and perform six concerts along with other high school students from across the country in July. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School students to embark on European trip

Eleven lucky high school students are set to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure this summer. Belding High School band director Laura Hyler will accompany the group of students on a 15-day trip that will take them through various parts of Europe, including London, Italy, Germany and Liechtenstein. She said the choir director for Ionia High School is also going on the trip.

Students involved in the many arts programs at Belding High School perform together during a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for the Belding Band Follies show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies brings its annual frivolity to stage

For more than 40 years, band students at Belding High School have come together to put on yearly performance with one purpose: Make ‘em laugh. After performing Thursday evening, members of the band and arts programs will come together again at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center for the annual Band Follies variety show. Tickets are $6 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the high school band program.