Don Kline, just a year out of Belding High School, did not want to go to Vietnam. Like most young men, all he really wanted was to get a job, date a girl or two, maybe start thinking about a career. But in March 1968, shortly before his 19th birthday, Don’s draft notice arrived. He was one of 44,000 young men who found their lives forever altered by a conflict — nobody official was calling it a war — half a world away.
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Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft has long worked to erect several war memorials in the Belding community, and Tuesday evening, he wanted to make one thing clear about his efforts — he isn’t doing it for himself. “I have a lot of dedication to this community, I have almost 70 years into this community, this town raised me,” he told the Belding City Council.
A structure fire Wednesday afternoon resulted in the complete destruction of a mobile home to the northwest of Long Lake. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to 8924 Lakeview Dr. at 3:39 p.m. to the report of a structure fire, and upon arrival, Fire Chief Les Doty said there was no saving the home.
In the halls of the Alvah N. Belding Library, surrounded by walls of books that collectively form a history of reading and research by countless patrons, Betty Jenkins is right at home.
A Belding man is dead following an early Wednesday morning shooting in a home located near the end of a quiet side street on the north side of the city. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. at about 5 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of Eric Harrington, 35, who had been killed by a gunshot wound.
A local man was shot and killed early this morning in Belding.
At approximately 5 a.m. today, Ionia Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding.
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Belding this morning. Around 5 a.m., Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting in the 1400 block of Oakwood St.
With its roots firmly grounded in a small community that prides itself on both a history of hard work and quality manufacturing, Granco Clark continues to shine as a beacon of success in its industry. Locally, Granco Clark is a company within the extrusion industry that employs a workforce of about 105 dedicated skilled workers in a variety of positions.
Between working to support his family and coaching his children’s after-school sports programs, Ted Flynn is one of many fathers who would do anything for his kids. So when the opportunity presented itself to spend a day at Ellis Elementary School in Belding, to be in the same classroom as his own child, Flynn jumped at the opportunity.
As the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration wrapped up with its final events Monday afternoon, Lynn Mason reflected on the four-day experience by reaching for a quote by the very man that this year’s festival was themed after.