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The Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to begin a consolidation effort that will close Grattan Elementary School, with all operations moving to the school district’s Eureka Township location, which will serve as a K-12 charter institution. The elementary school has been functioning since 1955. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy gets new name; elementary school building to be closed

After 20 years as a local educational institution, Grattan Academy Charter School is about to undergo two of the largest changes in its history.

During Monday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, board members voted unanimously to drop “Grattan” from the name entirely and to rename the school “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy” as part of a new branding effort to change the image of the school.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board approves township hall addition

Amid cries from some members of the audience to table the discussion, the Otisco Township board voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to proceed with construction of an addition to the township hall.

Brent Noskey, the new Belding Area Schools superintendent, officially started work on July 1 and has been working ever since to be as effective as possible in his role and reaching out to the community. To that end, he is holding a community wide open house for parents to come and meet him on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding’s new superintendent is having meet-and-greets this week

One month has passed since Superintendent Brent Noskey has taken the helm at Belding Area Schools. As the new school year approaches, Noskey is looking to the future to figure out ways to better the district and the surrounding community. One thing he is planning to do for community outreach is to host two “parent nights” — the first for parents and students already attending Belding schools to meet and talk with him and the second for parents and students attending schools outside of the district but live in Belding.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves FFA trip

During a regular meeting Monday evening, the board of education approved a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana for five to seven students to attend the National FFA Convention.

Councilman Tom Jones, left, Mayor Ron Gunderson, and councilman Doug Feehan take notes during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considers amending charter

Unrest in Belding continues regarding to the appointment of nonresidents to commissions and boards. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council discussed that issue and heard comment from several members of the sizable audience.

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JUST IN: Ionia County voters elect sheriff, prosecutor, clerk and drain commish

The results for Tuesday’s primary elections are in and Ionia County voters have spoken in races for sheriff, prosecutor, clerk and drain commissioner.

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JUST IN: Thomas Albert wins Republican primary for 86th District House

With 41 of 41 precincts reporting, voters have elected Thomas Albert of Grattan Township as the representative of the Republican party to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District in November.

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JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

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IN BRIEF: Belding council supports creation of walkable community

During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the city council approved a resolution to support the mission of the Friends of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails.

From left, sisters Paige Purcey, 8, and Faith Purcey, 12, and parents Angela Purcey, 32, and Jeff Purcey, 34, search for wild Pokemon creatures Saturday at Water Street Park in Belding while playing the new “Pokemon Go” mobile phone game.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gamers take to the streets to play new ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile phone game

To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.