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Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

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Homes for Our Troops to break ground on Belding home for injured Marine

The national nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops will kick off the building of a specially adapted home at 11 a.m. Saturday for Marine Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill

The groundbreaking ceremony is an introductory event to welcome Thrailkill to the community and celebrate the building of his new home. The event will be held at 12411 7 Mile Road NE in Belding. The public is invited to attend.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, City Clerk Kareen Thomas and City Manager Meg Mullendore meet in open session after the city council performed Mullendore's 18-month evalaution Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council says city manager is improving

This city manager’s evaluations have been a roller coaster ride during her 18 months at the helm.
The Belding City Council went into a three-hour closed session meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Meg Mullendore’s 18 month review. In open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson revealed that Mullendore has made progress from her previous assessment in April.

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Kamie Jakeway delivers a presentation on “Bus Safety Week” to members of the Belding school board Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves two-way radio upgrade for transporation

Radio static, interference and noise are all about to become a thing of the past for bus drivers at Belding Area Schools.

Communication between school bus drivers via two-way radios is a critical part of transporting hundreds of students several times a day to and from school, which is why a switch from analog to digital radios on each of the district’s 19 buses was unanimously approved by members of the Belding school board Monday evening.

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Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award with wood duck project

There’s a few new homes for some feathered friends within Belding’s city parks, thanks to the efforts of one local Girl Scout. Allison Harrison, 18, of Greenville, completed her 14-year career with Girl Scout Troop 02589 on Tuesday. As a final project to earn her Gold Project award, she built six wood duck boxes that now hang from various trees along the Flat River in Belding’s Central Riverside and East Riverside parks.

The Greenville High School Marching Band performs as the host band at Legacy Field in Greenville for the MSBOA District 7 Marching Band Festival on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marching bands leave it all on the field at MSBOA festival in Greenville

On a crisp, cool and windy autumn evening, Legacy Field was swarmed with students standing at attention, determination and focus in their eyes, who were waiting for the whistle to blow to put forth an entire season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears into motion.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss city business during Tuesday evening's Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding SAW grant approved, services agreement reached

The upcoming task to implement expensive asset management plans of this city’s wastewater and storm water systems was inevitable, but the majority of the financial burden has officially been lifted.

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Glow Run returning to Belding on Oct. 10

Next Friday, runners and walkers will light up the night while providing desperately needed funding for cancer research.

The fourth annual Day to Believe and 5K Glow Run/Walk, sponsored by the B Foundation, is set for 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Rudness Field. The event will get underway immediately following the high school’s PINK game.

Volunteers work together Monday to remove debris from Whites Covered Bridge out of the Flat River.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Music festival set to raise funds for new Whites Covered Bridge

Bridging generations and rebuilding history. That’s the goal of the Whites Bridge Historical Society (WBHS), formerly Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge, the nonprofit group that aims to raise enough funds to one day rebuild the bridge that was destroyed by arson on July 7, 2013.

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Just A Dream Huntz helps out new hunters

With the echo of the shot still ringing through the trees and the rifle still firmly against his shoulder, 14-year-old Raymond Wyman couldn’t believe he’d missed.

It was his first chance to bag a buck, an 8-point he’d spotted from a blind early in the morning Saturday. Raymond, a Grattan resident, was out hunting with instructors of the Just A Dream Huntz program, put on for first-time and beginning hunters.

But even after the buck trotted of unfazed, it luckily wouldn’t be the last chance he had at his first deer.