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Belding council members argue over resolution regarding city attorney

An argument over who has the power to request the city attorney be present at Belding City Council meetings has led to the passing of a new resolution. However, that act has raised concern from a number of residents and some council members.

Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.

Members of Belding City Council, from left, Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullednore, and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, discuss agenda items during Tuesday evening's Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belding council moves forward with Zoning Board of Appeals, city attorney discussions

Members of the Belding City Council approved three resolutions Tuesday evening, but not without some consternation amongst the council and from citizens.

Members of the Belding Education Association gather together as spokesman and teacher Ed Albert asks members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education to honor a "fair contact" for teachers in Belding Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belding Education Association members plead for ‘fair contract’

It’s been nearly seven months that Belding Area School’s has been negotiating with the Belding Education Association on a new contract, and Monday evening, supporters of the education union made their voices heard.

From left, Belding High School Robotics team members Jessie Boyd, Chase Bower, Sage Blunt, Jordan Witzel, and Joe Bartolatto stand with two of their robots after successfully qualifying for the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University with a win at the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament this past week. — Courtesy photo

Belding robotics team wins tourney

The Belding robotics team is picking up right where it left off. Coming off a year that saw the team compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships, the team has begun the 2014-2015 school year by winning the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

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VIDEO: Daily News video showcases Belding marching band at finals

The Belding High School marching band never fails to put on an entertaining show, but the time and effort put in by so many students often goes unnoticed.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, right, speaks with officer Shannon Hummel Monday afternoon outside of the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding a ‘most improved crime rate’ town

Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.

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Belding City Council to upgrade DPW equipment

With heavy snow pouring from the sky and temperatures remaining low enough for it to stick around, Belding employees have had their hands full making the streets drivable. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Ernie Thomas had just finished repairing one of the city’s plow trucks Thursday afternoon as he and two workers hit the streets to clear the freshly fallen snow. But after traveling four blocks one of the trucks came to a halt and Thomas found himself forced to use the city’s industrial loader to tow the plow truck back to the DPW garage.

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Belding residents, city council reflect on message of positivity

The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.