Don Vanderkooi and his dog, Barron, high five after a successful find of a subject at Ric’s Food Center in Rockford during a training exercise Friday afternoon. They participated in a weekend-long training seminar put on by Kent County Search and Rescue in collaboration with Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Kent County Search and Rescue group hosts seminar

Dogs are man’s best friend and have been a source of companionship for humans for thousands of years. Noses endowed with impeccable senses of smell turn everyday canines into heroes after the right training.

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JUST IN: Belding women injured in Sunday night crash

Two 20-year-old women from the Belding area were transported via Life Ambulance from the scene of an injury accident on Long Lake Road near Kiddville Road Sunday night.

An electronic sign that scrolls messages for community-related events and other goings-on in the city sits at the intersection of Bridge Street and Congress Street in Belding. The sign was made possible through donations from the Leppinks family. What the sign should display was the topic for a work session during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding council talks electronic sign usage

The uses of a newly installed electric sign were up for debate Tuesday evening. The Belding City Council opened up a work session to talk about the electronic sign.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.


Belding school board approves temporary logo design

A temporary logo for summer sports camp T-shirts has been approved, after much discussion by the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

During Monday’s regular meeting, board members discussed how shirts for summer sports camps will look because the district hasn’t settled on artwork to go along with the newly unveiled Black Knight mascot.


IN BRIEF: Vietnam War Memorial to move forward Wednesday

The Vietnam War Memorial standing as part of the Freedom Wall in Belding will have its next piece installed Wednesday.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves technology purchase

A new technology purchase has been approved by a local school board.

The Community-As-School (CAS) program at Belding High School is going to make a comeback in the next academic year. Teacher Ed Albert will be running the program as he has in the past. He talked to more than 100 students at an informational meeting about the program Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School to revive CAS co-op program

Belding High School students lost access to the Community-As-School (CAS) program in 2011 as a result of changes in state-mandated curriculum. Six years later, due to recent changes in curriculum requirements, students once again will have access to the CAS program.

Summer Eubank, 17, Aurora Perez, 18, Cassidy Zuver, 18, and Cali Huddleston, 18, check out the selection of special occasion dresses donated from Forest Hills Eastern High School to Belding High School. The schools partnered to bring more than 100 special occasion dresses to Belding for students to choose from for free for tonight’s prom and upcoming school awards events. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Neighboring school donates 110 formal dresses to Belding High School

Prom season has arrived, which means fancy clothes, dinners out, hair appointments, nail appointments and hours and hours of primping. All of this can add up quickly and the cost of going to prom is just too high for some. To help alleviate the burden of cost, Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey reached out to Forest Hills Eastern High School Principal Steve Harvey to ask if they would be interested in running a dress drive.

A temporary art installation was unveiled Friday to students at Belding High School. The project is comprised of photos of students and staff holding up dry erase boards with single adjectives to describe themselves. The photos are arranged to spell out “We are BHS.” The project is meant to inspire unity. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding art students unveil installation

Each year, Andrea Sprague works with her 3-D design students to craft an art installation to be displayed at Belding High School. Installations in the past have been both temporary and permanent fixtures in the school. This year’s will be temporary, but Sprague is hopeful the effects will continue to ripple throughout the school even after the installation is removed.