With the many inches of snow and bitterly cold temperatures that accompany the winter months in Michigan, a different world of activities opens itself up for exploration. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, tubing … cycling?
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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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.