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Two residential structures in Belding, which have been condemned for several years, will now be demolished after council members voted 4-0 to approve a contract bid to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pair of blighted homes to be demolished in Belding

Two homes in violation of the city of Belding’s blight ordinance will be coming down after members of City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to have the homes demolished. In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Tom Jones absent, council members awarded a demolition to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. for two homes located at 316 Hanover St. and 914 S. Bridge St.

Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy set to close June 30

When students at Threshold Academy wave goodbye to their teachers on the last day of school, they will also be saying goodbye forever to the school they have grown to love. Threshold serves children from kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in existence for 17 years.

Members of the Belding High School graduating class of 2014 celebrate together Thursday evening by tossing their caps into the air after receiving their diplomas in Redskin Arena at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

156 graduate from Belding, enter next chapter of life

With 156 graduates standing before him, guest speaker Gerald Hopkins had one important question to ask of the 2014 graduating class of Belding High School. “What will be your legacy?” he asked.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss a resolution to allow city council to act as the city’s zoning board of appeals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council absorbs Zoning Board of Appeals

In a close vote by the Belding City Council, one of the city boards will now be absorbed by the council to carry out its responsibilities. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday evening with councilmen Mike Scheid and Tom Jones casting the opposing votes, the responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will now be carried out by council.

Belding senior Gio Vanni Delgado, 18, performs on the bass drum during his final high school band concert at Belding High School. As a percussionist, Delgado found a leadership role that helped mold him into a better student. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After slow start to education, Belding senior turns life around

His heart racing quickly, sweat dripping from his brow, Gio Vanni Delgado suddenly found himself at the center of the world standing on the turf of Rudness Field. With his family watching in the stands, the Belding High School varsity football team had just scored its first touchdown against the Greenville Yellow Jackets, and it was time for the extra point kick.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Cori Anderson, Robert Insley and Vice President Timothy Flynn, discuss matters during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board votes to replace computer labs

In 2010, Belding Area Schools made a commitment to new and improved technologies with the approval of a $38.8 million bond that helped bring iPads and other electronic devices to the district.

The members of the Belding Robotics Team, seen here competing in a quarterfinal match, competed from April 23 to 26 at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim Calif., where they finished in the top 50 of more than 400 competing teams from across the world. — Courtesy photo

Belding finishes in top 50 at Vex Robotics World Championships

On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore explains the details of the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget to members of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council approves balanced budget

For the first time in 10 years, the city of Belding will not be operating with a deficit budget. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget.

Woodview Elementary School fifth grade student Alex Hirschy, 11, receives a certificate of appreciation from Ellis Elementary School Principal Tiffany Jackson Tuesday evening for helping a student who suffered a seizure while riding the bus to school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding student honored for ‘phenomenal reaction and helpfulness’

When Alex Hirschy heard the sound of a fellow student hit the floor of their school bus, he didn’t wait for someone else to react.

Hirschy, 11, a fifth-grader at Woodview Elementary School, leapt from his seat on the bus to comfort the student several seats behind him who was suffering from a seizure as they traveled to school the morning of April 16.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore speaks during Tuesday evening's city council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding city manager passes evaluation

After a lengthy closed session meeting which lasted more than 3 1/2 hours, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore left Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting following her performance evaluation with her position still intact.