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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.

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UPDATE: Woman missing in Ionia County found

Katherine Mary Ogan, 56, who went missing Saturday evening, was found by family members this morning at about 10:30 a.m. by family members.

Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas reviews a map Wednesday morning showing areas of high precipitation infiltration in the cit’s stormwater system. The results were discovered thanks to monitors utilized through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

Beneath roads, sidewalks, homes and business, lies a vast underground network of pipes and channels that go unnoticed by your average city resident. But the importance of Belding’s stormwater and wastewater systems is immeasurable, used by nearly every resident and business owner in the community.