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Plans for dog park in Belding move forward

Life may soon be getting better for some of the city’s four-legged residents, thanks to an initiative to create a dog park somewhere within the municipality.

The Belding City Council tabled a vote on a proposed ethics ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting as some council members were worried the ordinance as currently written is too vague. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding’s ethics ordinance goes back to drawing board

Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.

Belding Middle School seventh grade student Tara Rackham, 13, who finished as a state finalist in the Michigan National American Miss Pre-Teen pageant on July 4, is seeking sponsorship to participate in the national competition Nov. 22-28 in Hollywood. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Type I diabetic battles odds to promote awareness of diabetes through pageantry

Twelve years ago, in the confines of the pediatric intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Tara Rackham, just shy of turning two, was clinging to life. Her mother, Sharnel Rackham, sat by her unconscious daughter, holding her little hand close and praying for a recovery.

Big Brothers of Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties is hosting its 15th annual Golf for Kids’ Sake golf outing on Aug. 11 at Candlestone Golf Resort in Belding. Registration deadline is Tuesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosting golf outing to raise awareness

In a world where negativity, violence and pain are never hard to find, a child is a thing of innocence. Simple, unassuming, beautiful innocence.

But sometimes that innocence is corrupted by neglect or malice or spite. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes it is accidental. Sometimes it is merely circumstance.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys announced his resignation from the board after 14 years as a member during the July 20 board meeting effective Aug. 17 meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

President, trustee resign from Belding school board

After numerous years of dedicating time as members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, two of the longest serving members are stepping down. During the July 20 board meeting,President Tom Humphreys and Trustee Robert Insley both announced that they would be resigning.

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Smyrna Summer Celebration set for Saturday

Games for children, vendors selling homemade goods and plenty of food to go around … this year’s Smyrna Summer Celebration is once again ready to showcase its small-town charm.

The third annual festival, which was created at the request of its own residents, is scheduled for Saturday, and is again ready to welcome visitors for a day of fun-filled events.

Logan Ostrander, 4, of Belding, runs in an attempt to scare away a flock of seagulls to prevent them from eating trash in the park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding girl wants to bring city together for Litter Pick Up Day

Sitting in the main chamber of the Pere Marquette Depot, no taller than the chair she was sitting in, Logan Ostrander patiently waited for her time to speak. The 4-year-old, struggling to see over the seat in front of her, was likely unaware of the city business that was being discussed by members of the Belding City Council.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council considers ethics, local purchasing ordinances

Members of Belding City Council discussed Tuesday evening the possibility of implementing two new ordinances during first readings.

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JUST IN: Belding school board, teachers agree to contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.

The terms of the contract, however, have yet to be decided, and are in the hands of one man who will make those terms clear and binding.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Ionia County central services facility talks back to ‘square one’

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners has been talking for years about building a new central services facility. After last Tuesday’s meeting, the board is back to square one, according to Chairwoman Julie Calley. The board unanimously voted to set a preliminary budget of $2.5 million for a new facilities project.