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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
The search for the next superintendent of Belding Area Schools is now underway. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education had a special meeting Jan. 6 to begin crafting a framework for the hiring process that will extend through the next six months.
The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry has been providing food for 20 years, and the need for its services are as important now as when it first opened. Open every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pantry, located at 8197 Heth St. in Orleans Township, offers a variety of foods and other items for families in need.