Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

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Water bill discussion tabled in Belding

Belding City Council members discussed the reimbursement of a residential water bill at Tuesday’s meeting. The item was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting by Councilman Dennis Cooper.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas reviews a map Wednesday morning showing areas of high precipitation infiltration in the cit’s stormwater system. The results were discovered thanks to monitors utilized through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

Beneath roads, sidewalks, homes and business, lies a vast underground network of pipes and channels that go unnoticed by your average city resident. But the importance of Belding’s stormwater and wastewater systems is immeasurable, used by nearly every resident and business owner in the community.


JUST IN: SAW grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

A Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is in the early stages of providing a large benefit to the Belding community.

Miss Belding 2014 Allison Harrison crowns her successor Miss Belding Alexis Cahill at Saturday evening’s Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Ex-Young Miss wins Miss Belding pageant

In 2011, Alexis Cahill was named Young Miss Belding. She was 11 years old, and beginning sixth grade. Six years later, the now 17 year-old is beginning her senior year at Belding High School and is holding the title of Miss Belding.

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Football season gets underway with Belding-Greenville rivalry clash

“Hit the line hard.”

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt gave this advice a century ago, speaking of how life should be lived, as well as how football should be played.

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

Milton and Carol Rackham will be honored as this year’s grand marshals in the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rackhams named Belding Labor Day Celebration grand marshals

In the rear of his garage, with steady hands and a focused gaze, Milton Rackham can often be found working away, one upholstery repair job at a time. At the age of 90, well beyond the earliest chance to retire, his work keeps him busy, and more importantly, happy and humble.

Belding City Manager Bruce Brown smiles after receiving a compliment about his job performance after six months with the city from Mayor Ron Gunderson during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends city manager’s contract

When Bruce Brown was hired six months ago on an interim basis, his first concern was centered on improving the future for city residents. As of Tuesday evening, the Belding city manager will have at least two more years to focus on that goal.

Belding Area Schools Board President Tom Humphreys, right, smiles after being recognized by Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and his fellow board members for his 14 years of service on the board during his final meeting Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 former members appointed to Belding school board

During Monday’s school board meeting, board members voted 5-0 — with Trustee Doug Lamborne absent — to appoint Terry Boni to fill the vacated seat of Robert Insley, who resigned in July.

Board members also voted 5-1 — with Boni now on the board and Trustee Shannon Hummel voting “no” — to appoint Debra Bach to the second vacant seat which was in the process of being vacated by Board President Tom Humphreys, who announced his resignation in July.