A Belding woman was injured this morning in a two-vehicle accident after she failed to stop behind a vehicle waiting to turn into a driveway.
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With each heavy, emotional step taken Monday, two young men came closer to reaching an important goal. Running along M-57 east of Greenville, as each foot struck the pavement, with beads of sweat running like a steady stream of water down the faces of Levi Curler and Joshua Willingham as they traveled mile after mile in the scorching summer sun, the two men kept one thing in mind.
Deep in the woods at Lightning Bend Park, there is little to listen to but the quiet whispers of mother nature. Be it the wind whistling through the leaves or birds chirping high above in the trees overhead, it’s easy to be at peace when spending time in the heavily wooded city park. But now, on occasion, a new, unfamiliar, but welcome sound may be heard.
Someone set fire to one of Michigan’s oldest covered wooden bridges early Sunday, completely destroying the span that has stretched across the Flat River south of Belding since the shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted about 5:10 a.m. to the fire on the Whites Bridge in Keene Township, southwest of Belding. That was about two hours after neighbor Grant Young said he awoke to an explosion and walked outside to find the span engulfed in flames.
An introduction of a new grant program by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for Storm Water, Asset Management and Waste Water (SAW) has members of Belding City Council hopeful that extra funds could be available to help improve the city’s wastewater plant and more.
School may be out for the summer, but that isn’t stopping a group of students in Belding from sharpening their writing skills as they attempt to author a book of their very own. The Lakers Writers Group, out of Grand Valley State University, has been hosting the annual Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School again this year, where students in third through sixth grade have been working to write their own story by summer’s end.
One of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time shares its roots with the southwest corner of Michigan. On Wednesday, remnants of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were on hand in the form of the very guns that were used. Lt. Michael Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Ionia Rotary Club meeting at Renucci’s Tavern in Ionia.
When Sara Shriver was selected as interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools one year ago, she stated, “I never want to stop learning and if I can help and be part of a solution here, then I want to do it.” When she was promoted to superintendent last December, she described her situation as, “a very welcome opportunity that I didn’t see coming.”
A driver and passenger escaped with bumps and bruises Thursday evening after the vehicle they were riding in rolled several times before landing upside down in a ditch on Storey Road (M-91) near Save A Lot in Otisco Township.
As Belding resident Steve Hunt watched the numbers climb while he filled his truck with gasoline Wednesday afternoon, he had but one thing to say. “It’s ridiculous!” he exclaimed. “I haven’t seen prices this high before, and I drive every day.”