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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.

The Belding High School marching band marched to an eighth place finish at the Michigan Competing Bands Association state finals Saturday. The band performed “The Bermuda Triangle” and was given one of the highest scores it has received at a state final competition. — Courtesy Photo

Belding High School marching band takes 8th at state finals

After marching its way to the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state finals held at Ford Field Saturday, the Belding High School band can now officially call itself one of the top bands in the state for the 2013-14 school year.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members Timothy Flynn, right, and Robert Insley, left, discuss matters during the district board meeting Monday evening at the district administration building in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools allocates remaining bond funds

It’s been three years since voters in Belding approved a hefty bond resolution to improve facilities and technology for Belding Area Schools. The remaining funds are now being allocated after all the major projects have been completed.

Rhonda Lafata, left, was originally very skeptical of tarot readings prior to her first reading from Pamela Green-Schader at a party about four years ago. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Area ‘clairsentient’ finds guidance in the spirit world

What would you give to gaze into a crystal ball and see your future love life, financial situation, friendships and health concerns, all spread out like cards on a table? How much do you really, really want to know?

The new Belding Korean monument, seen before it was cut from a large granite block, will be dedicated at 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. — Courtesy photo

Belding Korean War monument to be dedicated on Veterans Day

Last Veterans Day, Belding celebrated the opening of its new Veterans Park with the unveiling of the Freedom Wall, a monument honoring all Belding area veterans of World War II. Now, one year later, Belding will be welcoming another monument to the park.

With supporters behind her carrying messages of support, Otisco Township resident Lynn Mason announced her candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives District 86 on Monday at East Riverside Park in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Belding teacher announces her candidacy for state House

Former Belding educator and current Ionia County commissioner Lynn Mason has officially thrown her hat into the ring in the 2014 race for the Michigan House of Representatives 86th District.

Members of the Belding High School Marching Band, from left, Johnny Adame, Leevi Hansen, Andrew Swider, Sarah Rodel, and David Tuttle, perform Saturday evening at the second annual Redskin Invitational at Rudness field in Belding during a downpour of rain. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marchin’ in the Rain: Belding band picks up best score of season

The Belding High School Marching Band put on a show so moving Saturday evening that Mother Nature herself was found weeping as the final note played.

From left, Belding Community Garden Board Member Chris Belding, Mayor Pro Tem and Garden Coordinator Andrea Belding, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore and City Clerk Kareen Thomas stand at their booth showcasing the Belding Community Garden at the Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award competition on Sept. 12 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. — Courtesy photo

Belding’s community garden enjoys statewide showcase in Detroit

Sometimes a competition is not about winning, but rather the experience and recognition you earn along the way in the attempt to claim victory. The city of Belding may have fallen short in the 2013 Michigan Municipal League’s “Race for the Cup” on Sept. 20, which honors outstanding community projects, but the path that the city’s community garden took to be showcased statewide in Detroit has Belding officials smiling as if they came home boasting of first place.

Metal sheets have been placed along the south bank of the Flat River at Central Riverside Park in Belding while DTE Energy workers do remediation work to remove contaminants from the site. — Daily News/Cory Smith

DTE Energy project removing contaminants from Belding park

At first glance, Central Riverside Park is a clean, spacious environment with fields for soccer, courts for basketball and playgrounds and pavilions for family gatherings. But that doesn’t erase decades of history below the surface of the park.

A sign reading “R.I.P. Devon” is strapped to the railing of the Ashfield Street bridge in Belding Monday evening where a candlelight vigil was held in memory of 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘A great kid … with a very big heart’: Belding boy found dead in Flat River

The three-day, community-wide search for a missing 10-year-old Belding boy came to a tragic end Monday afternoon after his body was discovered by divers in the Flat River near one of his favorite fishing spots. Devon Morrison disappeared after he left his home alone to go fishing Saturday. His disappearance spawned a search that involved hundreds of volunteers, supporters and members of law enforcement, who searched night and day for the missing boy. Morrison’s body was found at 12:53 p.m. Monday in the Flat River near the Ashfield Street bridge.