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Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey split attendees into smaller groups along with board members to have a discussion about the pros and cons of finding a new mascot, staying with the status quo or bringing back the Redskin mascot. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding mascot discussion underway

Despite the uproarious response from some members of the community regarding the Belding Area Schools mascot, only 30 people attended a special work session to discuss how to move forward. Wednesday evening’s meeting, which was supposed to center around an educational presentation by Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Erik Rodriguez, is the first in what could be a series of meetings that will aim to resolve the mascot issue once and for all.

Belding Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft of Belding with the Good Neighbor Award on Tuesday for his tireless work in constructing a Vietnam War Memorial. The second phase of the memorial was dedicated in a ceremony Friday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Craycraft receives Good Neighbor award

Just a few days after the second phase of a six phase Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated, the monument’s mastermind was given the Belding Good Neighbor award. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft with the award during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting.

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IN BRIEF: Belding school board begins mascot discussion

Discussions about the Belding Redskins mascot have officially started within the community.

Valerie Dawdy teaches summer-long free yoga in the park classes at Central Riverside Park in Belding, a program which wrapped up for the summer on Friday. She also offers group fitness classes at Ellis Elementary in Belding and at her farm on Ostrum Road. — Courtesy photo/Valerie Dawdy

SHE: Uniting mind, body and spirit through group fitness

If going to the gym is intimidating but staying fit is still a priority, there are local options.

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IN BRIEF: Craycraft given Good Neighbor Award

Just a few days after the second phase of the six phase Vietnam War memorial was dedicated in an official ceremony, Denny Craycraft of the war memorial committee was given the Belding Good Neighbor award.

Spectators watch as the Labor Day Parade in Belding makes its way down Bridge Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Parade wraps up Belding’s Labor Day weekend celebration (PHOTOS)

Dan Hyde, a Gowen resident, has been coming to the Belding Labor Day Celebration for the past 65 years. He has even gotten the chance to march in the Labor Day Parade as a trumpet player in the Greenville High School band, though he admits that was more than a few years ago. Now 75 years old, Dan watched Monday morning’s parade with his wife, Julie, and other members of the family that represented five generations, beginning with Julie’s father, Julie, their children and their families.

Members of the 2016 Miss Belding Court, along with other festivalgoers, participate in the first annual "glow walk"Saturday evening during the Belding Labor Day Celebration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Glow Walk is pinnacle of accomplishments for one participant

Amy Miller had a smile lighting up her face on Friday night, but that wasn’t all. She also had a number of glow sticks wrapped around her neck and wrists to light her way during the first annual Spectrum Health Glow Walk as part of the Labor Day Celebration.

State Honor Guard members and veterans Gary Hoisington, left, and Thomas Gleason, wait for the unveiling of the new Vietnam War Memorial Friday evening in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

POW monument dedication kicks off Labor Day weekend (PHOTOS)

More than a dozen veterans from various branches of military service could be seen milling around and pointing to various spots etched into a granite map of Vietnam Friday evening in Belding.

Jon Bergen opened the Belding Chiropractic Center at 215 E. State St. earlier this year. He renovated the entire building almost entirely by himself. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Perfect timing’ for Belding chiropractor

Dr. Jon Bergen opened Belding Chiropractic Center in April. The office is at 215 E. State Street, formerly Dr. Charles Barker’s office. To get the building ready, Bergen painted and carpeted the building and built a room out of an open space.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson demonstrates dropping off prescription and over-the-counter pills at a drop box at the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ionia County doing its part to deter prescription drug abuse

In an effort to stop the cycle of use and abuse of prescription opioids, Ionia County installed prescription drug drop boxes. The boxes are located at the Belding Police Department, the Ionia Sheriff’s Department and at the Portland Police Department.