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