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Since retiring a few years ago, Orleans Township resident Don Kline has been experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease, stemming from the years he served with the infantry in Vietnam. Although somewhat incapacitated due to his illnesses, he remains a passionate collector of Native American arrowheads. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding veteran Don Kline’s experience in Vietnam conflict leaves lasting scars

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.

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft resumes work on the foundation of the Vietnam War memorial Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council votes in favor of Vietnam War Memorial project

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.

Firefighters with the Belding Fire Department work together to extinguish a blaze at 8924 Lakeview Drive in Orleans Township Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

House fire in Orleans Township not deemed suspicious

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.

Betty Jenkins, right, celebrated 40 years of working at the Alvah N. Belding Library on Friday with a hug from former library director Jackie Badersnider, who hired Jenkins at the library in 1975. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jenkins marks 40 years of working at Belding library

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.

This was these scene Wednesday morning at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding, after a man was shot and killed. — Daily News?Mike Taylor

Shooting death stuns Belding neighbors

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.

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UPDATE: Police identify man who was fatally shot in Belding

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.

Crime lab investigators on the scene of a fatal shooting this morning at the 1400 block of Oakwood St. in Belding. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BREAKING NEWS: 1 dead, 1 in custody after shooting 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.

Granco Clark, located at 7298 Storey Road in Otisco Township, is host to a large facility where more than 100 workers come together on a daily basis to develop and refine extrusion equipment for companies all over the world. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Made in Our Own Backyard: Granco Clark

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.

Fathers and other male role models listen to Ted Flynn, a father signed up for the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Ellis Elementary School, as he encourages others to join the program during a kickoff event at the school Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools embracing ‘Watch D.O.G.S.’ male role model program

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.

Military veterans with the Belding American Legion Post 203 ride on a Dr. Seuss-themed float Monday during the Stahlin 110th Labor Day Parade in Belding. — Daily News/Brad Knlosner

Belding Labor Day brings summer to a close (PHOTO GALLERIES)

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.