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Robotics club approved for Belding Middle School

It’s no secret the efforts of students and coaches on the Belding High School robotics team have worked hard to refine the after-school club into a world class program. And now that program is extending its reach with a goal to draw younger students on board with a club that offers the excitement of designing and building robots while competing statewide.

Cars drive over the new bridge over Main Street in downtown Belding on Sunday for the first time after five months of construction to replace the bridge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Main Street bridge complete after five months

The bridge linking residents to their groceries, restaurants and coveted goods and services in this town has been restored. Since June 23, the Main Street Bridge over the Flat River has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the deteriorating structure was rebuilt.

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Greenville area reporter back for a second stint

The newest face on The Daily News editorial staff is a familiar one. Brad Klosner was a reporter on the Greenville area beat back in 2010. But after about six months on the job here, his wife Becca’s company transferred the Klosners overseas. They returned to West Michigan earlier this year, decided to buy a home in the Greenville area and, last week, he returned to his old job.

The students of Faith Community Christian School flocked to Administrator Kim Borgenson’s “Camp Out for Reading Camper” as part of National Young Readers Week this week. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Faith Community Christian School leader parks RV, inspires young reader

Faith Community Christian School Administrator Kim Borgenson wants to inspire kids to read so much she is willing to brave the harsh November weather in order to do it. On Sunday and Monday, Borgenson was camped out in the school parking lot in order to promote National Young Readers Week.

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Mullendore gets 1-year contract extension with Belding

This city manager’s contract is now headed for an extension, but it did not come without disagreement between council members Tuesday evening. Only two weeks removed from postponing a vote on a two-year contract extension, a new motion for a one-year contract was introduced.

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‘Apathy’ blamed for 41 percent voter turnout in Montcalm County

More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.

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Lyons holds onto 86th District seat

Voters returned 86th District Republican candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons to her post in Tuesday’s election.

Lyons beat out Democratic challenger Lynn Mason of Otisco Township by a vote of 20,273 to 10,518 with 41 of 41 precincts reporting.

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Cooper defeats Belding councilman Feuerstein in recall vote

After serving three years of his five-year term as councilman of this city, Joe Feuerstein will now exit his seat after losing to challenger Dennis Cooper in a special recall election.

Cooper received 587 votes to Feuerstein’s 385 votes, or 54 to 35 percent.

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Bridge boost: $275,000 grant helps Whites Bridge rebuilding efforts

Just when supporters behind the efforts to rebuild Whites Bridge thought things may be losing steam, a government grant is helping the think-tank stay strong.

On Oct. 13, the Whites Bridge Historical Society received word that the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Grand Region Bridge Council approved a $275,000 grant.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.