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Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore discusses the topic of Belding’s trial four-day work week for city employees Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding four-day work week extended another six months

The six-month experiment of a four-day work week for city employees in Belding is here to stay — at least for another six months. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, City Manager Meg Mullendore requested that council members approve the four-day work week as a “permanent structure” Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Smyrna Bible Church Pastor Mike Jones, back left, is pictured last summer with his family, from left; back row, Telson and Blessing; middle row, Azariah, Aletheia, Talitha and wife Tina; and in front Isabella. Mike Jones died suddenly Sunday at his home at age 46. — Courtesy photo

Community mourns death of Belding pastor

The final slide of what would have been Pastor Mike Jones’ sermon Sunday morning asked his congregation one question: “What does my faith tell the world?”

Several signs marking the closing of Whites Bridge Road at the former Whites Covered Bridge are posted during the four-mile stretch of road from Smyrna to the crossing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Board optimistic bridge will be rebuilt

The mission to rebuild the historic Whites Covered Bridge is one that will undoubtably take time, effort and money that will go well beyond the foreseeable future. But for those who are leading the charge to see a crossing again connect the banks of the Flat River across Whites Bridge Road, there is no lack of passion to accomplish the feat.

Firefighters from the Belding Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday at 214 Elizabeth St. in Belding. Firefighters were able to contain the majority of the fire to the rear of the home and the second story. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Quick response from fire department saves ‘good portion’ of Belding home

Frieda Mosher and her boyfriend, Gene Gales, were sitting in their living room enjoying each other’s conversation Tuesday afternoon when their neighbor suddenly burst through their front door.

A Belding resident walks into downtown Belding Monday morning along a frozen and snow-covered  Bridge Street bridge. Wind chills were well below zero during the morning commute. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Winter’s Wrath: Snow, wind, extreme cold bear down on area

The first big winter storm of 2014 has completely shut down several municipalities. Belding city offices are all closed today due to the weather, as are all Ionia County government buildings, including the courthouses.

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Belding High School students collect 5,895 items for food pantry

On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

A house fire Wednesday morning at 3275 Dick Road in Orleans Township was likely caused by a wood stove in the rear of the home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wood stove likely cause of Wednesday morning Orleans Township house fire

Firefighters from four departments worked together Wednesday morning in freezing conditions to extinguish a house fire after a hunter in the woods spotted smoke and flames coming from a residence on Dick Road. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to the fully involved structure fire at 3275 Dick Road, south of Peterson Road, at 8:02 a.m.

B Foundation founder Mikayla Linebaugh, left, assists Belding resident Keisha Park with a cheek swab Wednesday evening during a bone marrow registry drive at Belding High School. At top left, cheek swab samples taken at Wednesday’s bone marrow registry drive will eventually be tested to see if people who participated in the drive are eligible for the national bone marrow registry. — Daily News/Cory Smith

B Foundation registers more than 80 possible bone marrow donors

When 10-year-old Bree Town’s acute myeloid leukemia relapsed last month after a year of remission, the reaction from the Greenville community was immediate and overwhelming. Several bone marrow and blood drives were quickly scheduled throughout the community, as Bree, a fourth-grade student at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, will now need a bone marrow transplant as she currently undergoes high dosage chemotherapy.

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, listen to a presentation at the Nov. 19 city council meeting about the possibility of receiving a SAW grant to help pay for wastewater and storm water projects. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding applies for state water management grant

It’s only a matter of time before Belding will have to address the lack of asset management plans in regard to the city’s wastewater and storm water systems. With estimated expenses totaling nearly $1 million in costs to implement the two asset plans, the burden of paying for the two projects would be quite strenuous on the city’s budget.

Supporters of fired Belding police officer Jason Cooper picket along Bridge Street in front of Belding City Hall on Tuesday with signs that read “Bring Coop Back.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community rallies for Coop (PHOTO GALLERY)

A Tuesday afternoon rally for a fired Belding police officer culminated in a single message to the Belding City Council that night. “Bring Coop back.” That was the message printed on more than 100 signs carried by supporters of Jason Cooper, who was terminated from his position after an alleged incident took place on Oct. 11 at the Grattan Irish Pub in Grattan Township.