Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler

JUST IN: New Ionia County prosecutor appointed

Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ron Schafer, both of whom are 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges, appointed Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Butler as Ionia County’s new prosecutor today.

Students at Grattan Academy listen as Justin Yost, director on the board for the Ionia/Montcalm Families Against Narcotics (I/M FAN) chapter, speaks about drug awareness during an assembly put on by the organization Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families Against Narcotics reaches out to students at Grattan Academy

Looking out at the audience of about 70 high school students Friday, it was as if Justin Yost was looking through a mirror to a time he wishes he could return to. Standing in the gymnasium of Grattan Academy, the 32-year-old Greenville resident recounted the days of his own youth, a time before drug addiction led to a spiraling road full of destruction and despair.

Brent Noskey fields questions from the board of education during his second interview Thursday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Noskey chosen as new superintendent for Belding Area Schools

The search for the next Belding superintendent is over. The board of education extended an offer to move into contract negotiations with Brent Noskey during Thursday evening’s special meeting.

Members of the Belding High School Pops Ensemble perform “Stairway to Heaven” at the Belding Band Follies dress rehearsal Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies is a show to remember (PHOTO GALLERY)

Be it a sketch from “Saturday Night Live” or a viral YouTube video, all that humor and more can be found locally for one more night at the heart of the Belding band program. The annual Belding High School Band Follies show performed Thursday, and an encore show will be available to take in at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Auditorium.

Cleaning up blight and enforcing city codes are part of Belding Police Officer Marci Cooper’s typical workday. Cooper tags a vehicle with an expired registration. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding police officer devoted to cleaning up city’s blight

Marci Cooper is committed to freeing the city limits of Belding from blight and housing code violations. Blight is defined as an ugly, neglected or rundown condition of an urban area. This can appear in the form of dilapidated out buildings, disabled vehicles in yards or on lots, garbage on porches and houses in general disrepair.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tim Flynn addresses a comment during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding schools look to avoid extending school year

Students at Belding Area Schools may not have to have their school year extended due to excessive snow days. During Tuesday evening’s meeting, the school board voted 6-1 to apply for a waiver from the state superintendent to forgive three more “Act of God” days. Board member Debra Bach voted “no.”


MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members Cori Anderson, Shannon Hummel and Scott McNeal listen to President Timothy Flynn during the board’s discussion of the six candidates they spent the day interviewing. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education interviews 6 superintendent candidates, narrows list to 2

The search to fill the vacancy of superintendent at Belding Area Schools is now down to two candidates after the school district’s board of education narrowed the competition from a pool of six candidates during a special meeting on Saturday. The two finalists are Brent Noskey of Lowell and Wendy Maynard-Somers of Fruitport.


IN BRIEF: Belding board of education accepts bid for refinishing gym floors

BELDING — Board of education members voted unanimously during Monday evening’s meeting to accept the bid from Floor Care Concepts to refinish the both gymnasium floors in the high school.


No More Sidelines: Belding event to raise awareness about Down syndrome

Woman’s Life Belding Chapter 915 is sponsoring a walk-a-thon Saturday afternoon to raise awareness about Down syndrome and funds for an organization called No More Sidelines of Central Michigan.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rudness Field.