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The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry is organized in a way that visitors can “shop” through the pantry with assistance from a volunteer to ensure they leave with enough items to support their family. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry ‘paying it forward’

The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry has been providing food for 20 years, and the need for its services are as important now as when it first opened. Open every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pantry, located at 8197 Heth St. in Orleans Township, offers a variety of foods and other items for families in need.

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Vietnam War memorial wall is moving forward again

When Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft gets a green light, he doesn’t hesitate to race forward.

After several months of completing the process of submitting proper paperwork and working with the city of Belding to move forward with his project to build a Vietnam War memorial on city property, it appears all confusion has finally been laid to rest.

Grattan Academy Board of Directors Secretary Kim Richards and President Ruthie Blackgrove discussed marketing techniques for the school district during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Academy board discusses marketing strategy

Looking to the future, Grattan Academy needs to attract new students while retaining current ones. The charter school’s board of directors believes one avenue to accomplish this task is to focus on exposure through marketing.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver speaks to members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education Monday evening, where she submitted her letter of resignation, announcing her retirement effective June 30. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shriver to retire as Belding’s superintendent

After nearly four years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver has announced that this will be her final year with the district. In an email addressed to district staff members delivered earlier this month, Shriver stated that as of June 30, 2016, she will be retiring from her position as superintendent.

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JUST IN: Grattan Academy school board discusses background checks, marketing techniques

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors had a full agenda for its Monday night meeting.

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JUST IN: Belding superintendent submits resignation

After nearly four years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver has announced that this will be her final year with the district.

Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson reviews the details of wastewater and stormwater asset management planning, as presented by Fleis & VandenBrink during the Dec. 1 Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wastewater and stormwater work underway in Belding

By 2017, water overflow into sewer and stormwater systems should no longer be a problem for this community.

During the Dec. 1 Belding City Council meeting, members received an update from a team engineers and surveyors with Fleis & VandenBrink of Grand Rapids.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

The front steps at the Belrockton Museum, located at 108 Hanover St. in Belding, will undergo repairs in the spring after the city and museum board agreed to split the cost evenly. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to help repair museum’s crumbling front steps

From parking to repairs, the Belrockton Belding Museum will be receiving a few upgrades this winter and spring to help make the facility more accommodating for visitors. The historic museum, located at 108 Hanover St., is in need of a little maintenance, and thanks to some collaboration, repairs will be occurring after members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve spending $5,750 to replace the front steps, which are in disrepair and a potential hazard for those who use them.

A new Christmas tree will be lit during during the inaugural Belding tree lighting ceremony outside Belding City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tree lighting and Home for the Holidays this weekend in Belding

The Christmas season is starting early this year in Belding, with cookies, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. Two holiday events are scheduled to coincide with each other, helping to bring cheer to the community.