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Brothers Pat, left, and Chris Breimayer started their company Psycho Brew in 2010. Starting as hobby brewers, the two formed their company to build nano brewing systems for professional startup breweries. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Brothers turn hobby into brewing production equipment business

It was 2008 and the United States was just entering the most dangerous economic crisis since the Great Depression. Chris Breimayer of Belding, an architectural designer in the midst of the housing market collapse, and his brother Pat Breimayer of Greenville, who worked for Delphi, which was going through bankruptcy, were looking for something new to do.

Friends and family of Devon Morrison gathered Wednesday afternoon at Demorest Field in Belding for a dedication ceremony to remember the 10-year-old boy who accidentally drowned in the Flat River on Sept. 14, 2013. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding boy remembered one year later with memorial stone dedication

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.

Eleven vacant “Build-A-Home” lots owned by Belding Area Schools have been reduced in price in order to entice potential buyers to purchase the properties. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools drops price of 11 former Build-A-Home properties

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.

Nicole Grabowski

Ionia, Montcalm counties get new 4-H coordinators

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.

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Belding Labor Day Celebration signals end of summer

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.

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

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.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Rules of the road for school buses

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.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

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.

The new Miss Belding Allison Harrison is crowned by Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson following Saturday evening’s scholarship pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Allison Harrison crowned 2014 Miss Belding

“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.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, discuss Shriver's positive annual evaluation with board members Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves superintendent evaluation, contract

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.