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Belding Area Schools Board of Education members Cori Anderson, Shannon Hummel and Scott McNeal listen to President Timothy Flynn during the board’s discussion of the six candidates they spent the day interviewing. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education interviews 6 superintendent candidates, narrows list to 2

The search to fill the vacancy of superintendent at Belding Area Schools is now down to two candidates after the school district’s board of education narrowed the competition from a pool of six candidates during a special meeting on Saturday. The two finalists are Brent Noskey of Lowell and Wendy Maynard-Somers of Fruitport.

Crosswinds Manor Apartments is a low-to-moderate income housing unit for seniors which now qualifies for tax exemptions approved by the Belding City Council in a 3-1 vote Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding approves PILOT for apartment buildings

Crosswinds Manor Apartments will be making some hefty improvements over the course of the next two years, thanks to the approval of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program approved by the Belding City Council on Tuesday. Under the PILOT program, housing for low-to-moderate income people qualify for what is essentially a tax break; in lieu of paying taxes, housing developments that meet the requirements agree to pay an annual service charge. The charge amounts to 10 percent of the total rent collected from residents in a full calendar year.

The Belding office of The Right Door for hope, recovery and wellness center will have an addition put on the north side of the building to add six treatment rooms, bathrooms and showers in order to expand treatment options offered to area autistic children and families. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding mental health center expanding treatment for autism

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 2014 study, determined that an average of one in 68 children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States are on the autism spectrum. The Right Door for hope, recovery and wellness, formerly the Ionia County Mental Health Department, is working toward offering behavioral services to more autistic children in the area community by constructing an addition to their facility in Belding.

Belding City Councilman Jerry Lallo delivered a resignation speech Tuesday night in which he thanked fellow council members for the opportunity to serve and expressed regret about not being able to finish his term. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council member resigns to care for his father

A Belding City Council member resigned during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting. Jerry Lallo’s resignation is effective immediately and comes in the wake of his father’s decline in health. Lallo, who was elected in 2013, will be moving to Florida to assist in his father’s care.

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Belding school board approves sale of used iPads to the community

Used iPads will soon be for sale to the Belding community. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday approved the sale of surplus technology to the committee. No date has yet been set for the sale.

The Belding Bros. Clock Tower, constructed in 1903 and located on the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Belding, came down in May 2013. Some portions of the tower still exist. — File photo

First Belding clock tower meeting sparsely attended

The last formal meeting to rebuild Belding’s clock tower took place in August 2013. On Wednesday evening, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones convened a public meeting to gauge interest in rebuilding the clock tower. There were four people in attendance.

Ed Schermerhorn, left, and Jeff Puehler, of the Belding Department of Public Works, work together to remove a 35 mph speed sign on S. Bridge St. in Belding on Wednesday afternoon, and to replace it with a 25 mph speed limit sign. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding slows down speed limit on S. Bridge Street from city limits to M-44

The Belding City Council wants motorists to slow down. The council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Councilman Jerome Lallo absent, to approve an order to decrease the speed limit on S. Bridge Street “from the city limits at Flat River Trail into town at M-44,” according to Police Chief Dale Nelson.

Grattan Township resident Gary Slosser believes he has been unfairly targeted by township officials in dealing with a property dispute with fellow neighbors over the pooling of rainwater. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Pooling water’ creates tension for Grattan residents, officials

A property dispute between residents will be given a chance for private resolution before it returns to the Grattan Township Board. During Monday evening’s meeting, board members discussed what Township Supervisor Frank Force described as a “two-year issue” involving residents Gary Slosser, Curtis Holt and Janise Riney.

Grattan Elementary School sixth-graders and brothers, Henry Merren, 11, left, and Owen Merren, 11, explain to their classroom details they recently researched about the Flint water crisis. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan students have ‘penny wars’ to help Flint residents

The first thing a visitor to Grattan Academy Elementary School sees as they walk into the building is a case displaying four jars filled with change beneath the phrase, “Let the penny wars begin!”

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Beverly Brownell points to a map of Belding with every bus route throughout the school district. A new electronic routing system will replace the map, which is currently organized with color-coded thumbtacks and pushpins. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New transportation system coming to Belding schools

When plotting bus routes for Belding Area Schools, Transportation Director Beverly Brownell often feels like she’s jumping a few decades into the past. That’s because the current system in place involves a printed map that uses a color-coded system of pushpins and thumb tacks to map out the school district’s bus routes.