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More than a hundred students on 50 teams from schools across the state competed Saturday at the annual Belding High School Vex Robotics Tournament at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding hosts largest robotics competition in history of event

All across the state of Michigan, robotics clubs are growing in popularity. It has taken off so much so in recent years, according to Tom Daller, a Belding High School teacher, the competitions are starting to require an extra stage for competition. Instead of preliminary tournaments to decide which teams will go to state competitions, preliminary tournaments will be the deciding matches for regional competitions.

Greenville’s first game at its newest stadium, Legacy Field, in 2012 opened with the rivalry game against Belding. The Yellow Jackets won the game 43-12. Belding’s last win against Greenville was in 2013, a 47-14 win. — File photo

Historic Belding-Greenville football rivalry abruptly halted

Last season was considered the 99th meeting between the Belding Redskins and the Greenville Yellow Jackets, one of the oldest high school football rivalries in Michigan.

The two teams may never face each other again.

A robot under the control of Belding students successfully scores points by placing a cube onto a “Skyrise” formation during a robotics tournament in 2015. — File photo

Belding High School to host robotics competition Saturday

Robots will descend upon Belding High School on Saturday morning, but not to enslave humans.

Students from 50 school districts throughout Michigan will bring their custom student-built robots to compete in Redskins Arena against other robots all designed to accomplish the same goal.

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Belding schools narrow mascot choices to top 10

Suggestions from Belding Area Schools students, staff and community members are in and the top 10 choices for the new mascot have been chosen. The top 10 contenders for the next mascot in Belding are Bison, Bandits, Bruins, Buccaneers, Black Bears, Black Hawks (bird), Black Knights, Bengals, Pride and Lumberjacks.

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Amash, Moolenaar react differently to Trump’s immigration order

Two local Republican Congressmen had very different reactions to an executive order on immigrants and refugees.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced an executive order intended to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

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Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.

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The Daily News is Newspaper of the Year

For the second consecutive year, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category and Excellence in Advertising for all newspapers in the state, along with 29 additional awards and honorable mentions.

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Greenville and Belding youth group headed to D.C. to march for life

Each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is filled with peaceful protestors. They are there to mark the March for Life, a pro-life event in which people rally to speak out against what the movement calls the “greatest human rights violation of our time.”

Fourth grade students in David Heth’s class go through a math lesson Wednesday afternoon at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. The school was officially released from “focus school” status Jan. 20. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local schools released from focus and priority status

In 2013, dozens of Michigan schools were put on lists of “priority” schools and “focus” schools based on student scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test.

Belding Middle School was added to the list of priority schools while Baldwin Heights Elementary School was added to the list of focus schools.

Lynn Mason of Belding has made several signs to take with her and her traveling companion, Tayler Reeves, formerly of Belding. Mason and Reeves will be attending the Women’s March on Washington today. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women to participate in Women’s March on Washington today

Lynn Mason is used to being the only woman in a room full of men.She served as an Ionia County commissioner and was sometimes the lone woman on committees. She ran for state representative in the 86th District last November; the only woman in that race.