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The Belding robotics team members, top row from left, junior Taylor Sluiter, 17, freshman K.J. Robinson, 15, senior Garrett Spencer, 17, bottom row from left, sophomore Jessie Boyd, 15, senior Haley Davis, 17. Not pictured, senior Tre Robinson, 17 and junior John Parcher, 17. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team gearing up for tournament

On Saturday, dozens of students will converge upon the Redskin Arena gymnasium in Belding, but it won’t be for a volleyball or basketball game. Rather, students from throughout the state will be competing at the second annual Belding Robotics Tournament at Belding High School, hosted by Belding’s very own robotics program.

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Silk City Saloon: New owner brings new life to former Belding restaurant

Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.

Belding Tank Technologies will no longer be required to construct sidewalks on company property after owner Dan Blunt successfully won a variance against the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Tank Technologies won’t have to install sidewalks

After nearly a year of being disgruntled by a decision by the Belding City Council, Dan Blunt, owner of Belding Tank Technologies, says he can finally move on. During a meeting last Thursday at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding, Blunt was heard before the Zoning Board of Appeals on a nonuse variance request filed by Blunt on behalf of his company.

George Raimer of Saranac, right, and George Trowbridge of Belding, left, bike over an old railway trestle on the undeveloped Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail east of Smyrna on fat tire bikes last Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fat tire biking is a growing trend in winter months

With the many inches of snow and bitterly cold temperatures that accompany the winter months in Michigan, a different world of activities opens itself up for exploration. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, tubing … cycling?

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore discusses the topic of Belding’s trial four-day work week for city employees Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding four-day work week extended another six months

The six-month experiment of a four-day work week for city employees in Belding is here to stay — at least for another six months. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, City Manager Meg Mullendore requested that council members approve the four-day work week as a “permanent structure” Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Smyrna Bible Church Pastor Mike Jones, back left, is pictured last summer with his family, from left; back row, Telson and Blessing; middle row, Azariah, Aletheia, Talitha and wife Tina; and in front Isabella. Mike Jones died suddenly Sunday at his home at age 46. — Courtesy photo

Community mourns death of Belding pastor

The final slide of what would have been Pastor Mike Jones’ sermon Sunday morning asked his congregation one question: “What does my faith tell the world?”

Several signs marking the closing of Whites Bridge Road at the former Whites Covered Bridge are posted during the four-mile stretch of road from Smyrna to the crossing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Board optimistic bridge will be rebuilt

The mission to rebuild the historic Whites Covered Bridge is one that will undoubtably take time, effort and money that will go well beyond the foreseeable future. But for those who are leading the charge to see a crossing again connect the banks of the Flat River across Whites Bridge Road, there is no lack of passion to accomplish the feat.

Firefighters from the Belding Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday at 214 Elizabeth St. in Belding. Firefighters were able to contain the majority of the fire to the rear of the home and the second story. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Quick response from fire department saves ‘good portion’ of Belding home

Frieda Mosher and her boyfriend, Gene Gales, were sitting in their living room enjoying each other’s conversation Tuesday afternoon when their neighbor suddenly burst through their front door.

A Belding resident walks into downtown Belding Monday morning along a frozen and snow-covered  Bridge Street bridge. Wind chills were well below zero during the morning commute. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Winter’s Wrath: Snow, wind, extreme cold bear down on area

The first big winter storm of 2014 has completely shut down several municipalities. Belding city offices are all closed today due to the weather, as are all Ionia County government buildings, including the courthouses.

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Belding High School students collect 5,895 items for food pantry

On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.