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Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander discusses the changes in elective offerings he’s hoping to bring to students during the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considering ‘high-interest electives’ and ‘Saturday school’

Principal Michael Ostrander is looking ahead, and the future is looking bright for Belding High School.

During Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, Ostrander reported on happenings at the high school.

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IN BRIEF: Belding City Council hosts 3 public hearings

The Belding City Council heard comments from members of the public on three different topics during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board OKs trip to state conference

Students who qualified to compete at the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) conferences will be able to stay overnight at the conference in Grand Rapids.

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Belding man sent to prison for strangling, nearly killing woman

A Belding man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after attacking and nearly killing a Crystal woman nearly one year ago.

From left, Otisco Township Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Cara Johnson and Supervisor Joseph Daller discuss the Township Hall addition during a special meeting Thursday. The board voted 4-1 to cancel the addition. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board votes down proposed hall addition

The heated debate surrounding a proposed Township Hall addition has come to an end.

The debate has gone on for nearly a year and has kept on through the election of a new township supervisor and a new township treasurer.

Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander listens to a comment from high school senior Dominic Francisco, 18, at a committee meeting Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Bengals, Bruins or Black Knights? Belding chooses top 3 names

There are three mascots left in the running for Belding Area Schools, but there can only be one winner.

Trustees Ben Oatley, left, and Dan Zeigler discuss the Township Hall addition during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Otisco Township Board. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township nixes construction contract

The construction agreement for a controversial Township Hall addition has been canceled. The Otisco Township Board discussed the issue for nearly an hour during a regular meeting Tuesday evening. The discussion came to a 3-2 vote in favor of canceling the construction agreement with Scheid Construction Inc. with trustees Ben Oatley and Dan Zeigler voting against the motion.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board leaves wages unchanged

The wages for the Otisco Township Board have been approved.

A job fair will be held at the Orchard Hills building at 1975 Orchard St. on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers set to have booths there include Granco Clark, Daily Deals, Hope Network and Stafford Communications. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Adult Education to host job fair Thursday

It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression and the Belding Adult Education program is giving community members a chance to make a positive first impression on area employers.

More than a hundred students on 50 teams from schools across the state competed Saturday at the annual Belding High School Vex Robotics Tournament at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding hosts largest robotics competition in history of event

All across the state of Michigan, robotics clubs are growing in popularity. It has taken off so much so in recent years, according to Tom Daller, a Belding High School teacher, the competitions are starting to require an extra stage for competition. Instead of preliminary tournaments to decide which teams will go to state competitions, preliminary tournaments will be the deciding matches for regional competitions.