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Members of the Belding Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow the Belding robotics team to travel to the VEX World Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif. in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in world tournament

The Belding robotics team continues to climb to new heights each and every year, and now the team will ascend to its highest peak yet. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to allow the five members of the team who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship to travel to Anaheim, Calif. in April.

Orleans Township, with the township hall located in the village of Orleans, will continue to receive dedicated police coverage from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office after a three-year agreement was renewed by council members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township, Ionia Sheriff renew dedicated police coverage agreement

Orleans township will continue to receive dedicated police coverage for the next three years after an agreement was recently secured with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. The Orleans Township Board voted Feb. 18 to accept a three-year contract with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for township coverage in the form of a dedicated deputy.

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14-year-old injured in Belding area sledding, snowmobile accident

A Belding-area teenager was injured Monday afternoon when he was riding a sled pulled behind a snowmobile and then fell off the sled. Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2 p.m. to 9825 Ellis Road, west of Storey Road (M-91) to a call of a personal injury accident.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore discusses the topic of a grant agreement extension Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council extends 2009 capital projects grant through 2015

An agreement for state and federal grants originally received in 2009 for the Pere Marquette Depot Building and Dial-A-Ride bus garage in Belding was extended into 2015 Tuesday evening after council members voted to approve the extension.

From left, Belding Robotics team members Tyler Gasper, Jessie Boyd, John Parcher, Haley Davis and Taylor Sluiter stand together in East Lansing after finishing second and third place in the Michigan State Vex Robotics Tournament. — Courtesy photo

Belding robotics team takes 2nd, 3rd at state finals

The Belding robotics team returned home this weekend with much success in the state championship tournament. One of its two teams was just a few points shy of claiming the state championship.

Several hundred gallons of water placed at Belding City Hall await pickup from Belding residents currently dealing with frozen water pipes at their homes.

City of Belding hands out free water to residents with frozen water lines

Tami and Ben Bradbury have lived in Belding for 17 years without any water problems — until now. A Michigan winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and levels of snowfall has created many difficulties for state residents, including a high number of frozen water lines.

The Belding Veterans Park was neglected earlier in the winter until Belding City Council members volunteered their time to shovel snow from the grounds of the park, allowing visitors an easier time of visiting the monuments. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Veterans Park moving forward with WWI monument

On a cold, snowy day, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson pulled his truck up to the Veterans Park, stepped outside, and grabbed himself a shovel. As he began to dig into and heave snow over his shoulder, clearing a more traversable pathway for visitors of the park, he noticed something in the snow.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education discuss entering into an agreement Monday evening with Montcalm Community College to join the college’s Early College program. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools join MCC’s Early College program

Montcalm Community College has a goal to eventually include all seven Montcalm County public school districts within its Early College program. As the college pursues that goal, it can officially add an Ionia County district to that list.

Earnest Strecker, right, of Belding, will celebrate his 100th birthday today with a small family party. A much larger surprise party is planned for this Sunday, courtesy of his daughter, Arlene Cunningham, left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding man celebrates his century

Earnest Strecker was only 3 years old and living in Spencer Township when the Bolshevik Revolution swept across Russia, ending the rein of the czars and ushering in the era of the Soviet Union. Most 3-year-old kids don’t notice that sort of thing, especially when it’s taking place half a world away.

Belding Robotics teammates high five each other during a tournament held in Belding earlier this month. Two of Belding's three robotics teams qualified for the state championships, which are Sunday at Michigan State University. (File photo)

Belding Robotics Team comes up short in home tourney, but students learn

The Belding Robotics Team set out to win its second straight home tournament in Redskin Arena at Belding High School on Saturday, but in the end, the competition proved to be just a little too tough.