Nearly a year to the day that Shawna Smith learned her young son Devon Morrison had accidentally drowned in the Flat River, she took a moment to write him one last heartfelt message. As freshly poured concrete steadily began to harden, solidifying a new memorial for Devon at Demorest Field in Belding, Smith used a finger to carefully etch the three words she would recite to him today if she had the chance.
Several property lots owned by Belding Area Schools have remained vacant for years. School board members are hoping a drop in price will encourage buyers to step forward and snatch up the properties.
Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.
With thousands of spectators lining Bridge Street, marching bands, classic cars, horses and numerous floats slowly threaded through downtown Belding as an unofficial salute to the end of summer.
The annual Stahlin Labor Day Parade on Monday morning was a fitting cap to a weekend that included carnival rides, tournaments, talent shows, a car show and an impressive fireworks display during the 109th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration.
Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.
Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.
As the first day of school quickly approaches, there’s one topic that may be of particular importance to students who will be attending for the very first time.
The school bus.
Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.
The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.
“Don’t Rain on My Parade” was the song Allison Harrison chose to sing for her talent phase of the Miss Belding Scholarship competition. That may be her motto for the year now that she has been chosen as Miss Belding 2014 and will reign over not only the Labor Day festivities but also will represent her hometown at various parades and community events this next year.
Sara Shriver was elated nearly two years ago when she was selected as the superintendent of Belding Area Schools, and it appears members of the district school board continue to share in that sentiment.
As the Bruursema family left their home Sunday evening, they had the perfect pathway laid ahead of them for a trip to Central Riverside Park.
Josh Bruursema, along with his wife Becca and daughters, Hannah, 5, and Morgan, 1, hopped on their bikes and cycled their way along the newly opened Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail in downtown Belding.