JUST IN: Belding Fruit Storage employee dies after falling 20 feet

At 8:05 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of an industrial accident at Belding Fruit Storage.


Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.


Belding buys new DPW dump truck

The city of Belding will soon have a new dump truck in its fleet, thanks to an approval from the city council.

During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the Belding City Council approved the purchase of a one-ton dump truck for the Department of Public Works (DPW).

Belding Area Schools Board of Education Superintendent Brent Noskey talks about a conversation he had with a Forest Hills Northern parent at a recent football game. That parent told Noskey he was jealous of the sense of community that Belding has and he wished his family had that feeling in Forest Hills. Noskey said he was proud to be a part of the Belding community. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School celebrates successes

It’s only been a few months since school started again, but community members, administrators and teachers are excited about the direction of Belding High School.

During a regular meeting Monday evening, Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander addressed the school board and attendees about the culture of the high school and various successes the building has achieved since he became principal in July.

Chief Judge for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Patrick Shannon, a former Belding resident, tells the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and the audience he believes it’s time for a mascot change and the school board should “change it before someone makes you change it.” — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board hears more mascot feedback

They’ve heard comments from people inside and outside the community.

They’ve heard people say they want to keep the current mascot and they’ve heard people say they want to change it.

They’ve even seen some people change their minds about the issue.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves club account

During Monday evening’s regular Belding Board of Education meeting, the board approved a club account to manage the funds associated with the Certificate of Educational Achievement and Employability Skills (CEAES).


Belding VFW to host BBQ competition Saturday

esidents of Belding should make sure to bring their appetites to VFW Post 4406 Saturday afternoon for an inaugural barbecue competition.

The idea was born from the nostalgic feeling event organizers had about the forgone days of the Belding Apple Festival, according to one of the organizers, Bonita Steele.

Interim Director of Public Relations for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Erik Rodriguez and Director for Native American Programs at Central Michigan University Colleen Green gave a presentation about Native American history during a special Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

‘It’s time for a change’: Belding’s mascot debate continues

When Carmin Barker first issued a call for some decision-making about Belding’s mascot more than six months ago, she thought there was one clear path in mind. She wanted her children to have an identity and she wanted the school board to bring back the Redskins.


IN BRIEF: Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe public relations director speaks at board meeting

During a special meeting Tuesday evening, members of the community gathered with the Belding board of education to discuss the Redskins mascot issue.

James Stockton

Daily News columnist dies

A former Daily News columnist known for his witty and far-reaching musings has gone to the clouds.

James Stockon died Friday at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in East Grand Rapids. He was 81 years old.