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A job fair will be held at the Orchard Hills building at 1975 Orchard St. on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers set to have booths there include Granco Clark, Daily Deals, Hope Network and Stafford Communications. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Adult Education to host job fair Thursday

It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression and the Belding Adult Education program is giving community members a chance to make a positive first impression on area employers.

More than a hundred students on 50 teams from schools across the state competed Saturday at the annual Belding High School Vex Robotics Tournament at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding hosts largest robotics competition in history of event

All across the state of Michigan, robotics clubs are growing in popularity. It has taken off so much so in recent years, according to Tom Daller, a Belding High School teacher, the competitions are starting to require an extra stage for competition. Instead of preliminary tournaments to decide which teams will go to state competitions, preliminary tournaments will be the deciding matches for regional competitions.

Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.

During a regular meeting last Monday, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education heard an audit report from a managing member of a Saranac accounting firm. The district was given a clean opinion on its audit report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Positive audit for Belding schools

Steven Thompson, a managing member of the Saranac accounting firm of Biggs, Hausserman, Thompson and Dickinson, talked numbers with the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Dec. 19. During a regular meeting of the board, Thompson gave an audit report for the school district based on the fiscal year ending June 30. According to Thompson, the district received a clean audit opinion, which is the “best type of audit opinion you can get.”

The Eastern and Midwest Chapter of Vesting America’s Police K-9s has worked with members of the Ingham County Sheriff’s office, shown here, to secure a vest for one of their K-9 officers, Titan.  — Courtesy photo

Belding group works to provide bulletproof vests for police dogs

Reserve Deputy Erin Dean of the Kirklin Police Department in Indiana has been with her partner Cinch for nine years. They have been in a variety of situations on the job, including some tense moments with suspects. Dean said she and Cinch have developed a bond so close that she feels like Cinch is part of her family.

Students in Diane Kuhn’s class at Belding Middle School say their daily affirmations for positive thinking Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School students focus on acts of kindness

’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.

Jennifer DiSpirito’s health students at the Belding Middle School made projects to show food groups, healthy snacks and functions of different things people get from food such as protein.

Belding Middle School students talk nutrition

Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.

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Belding firefighter fired after Facebook comments

A Belding firefighter was fired Monday morning after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook over the weekend.

The Belding City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to leave speed limits as they are on S. Bridge Street from E. State Street (M-44) to Flat River Trail and out past city limits as recommended by engineering and architecture firm Fleis & Vandenbrink. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Speed limits won’t change on Belding’s Bridge Street

Speed limits will remain the same after a split Belding City Council vote Tuesday evening. The council voted to leave speed limits as is on S. Bridge Street just outside the city limits and into city limits in a 3-2 vote. Councilmen Mike Scheid and Bruce Meyers voted “no.”

Citizens who attended the Belding Zoning Board of Appeals meeting lined up in order to make sure they made their voices were heard at Tuesday night’s public hearing. The board was hearing a case petitioned by the Reconnecting Tomorrow Center for a special variance to be granted for a homeless shelter to be set up in the basement of the Belding United Methodist Church. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding rejects variance request for proposed homeless shelter

It was standing room only at the Pere Marquette Depot Tuesday evening as people gathered to express their opinions on a proposed homeless shelter. The Reconnecting Tomorrow Center petitioned the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special use ordinance to set up a 30-person shelter in the basement of Belding United Methodist Church at 301 Pleasant St. The church property is zoned for single family homes only.