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Belding man sent to prison for strangling, nearly killing woman

A Belding man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after attacking and nearly killing a Crystal woman nearly one year ago.

From left, Otisco Township Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Cara Johnson and Supervisor Joseph Daller discuss the Township Hall addition during a special meeting Thursday. The board voted 4-1 to cancel the addition. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board votes down proposed hall addition

The heated debate surrounding a proposed Township Hall addition has come to an end.

The debate has gone on for nearly a year and has kept on through the election of a new township supervisor and a new township treasurer.

Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander listens to a comment from high school senior Dominic Francisco, 18, at a committee meeting Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Bengals, Bruins or Black Knights? Belding chooses top 3 names

There are three mascots left in the running for Belding Area Schools, but there can only be one winner.

Trustees Ben Oatley, left, and Dan Zeigler discuss the Township Hall addition during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Otisco Township Board. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township nixes construction contract

The construction agreement for a controversial Township Hall addition has been canceled. The Otisco Township Board discussed the issue for nearly an hour during a regular meeting Tuesday evening. The discussion came to a 3-2 vote in favor of canceling the construction agreement with Scheid Construction Inc. with trustees Ben Oatley and Dan Zeigler voting against the motion.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board leaves wages unchanged

The wages for the Otisco Township Board have been approved.

A job fair will be held at the Orchard Hills building at 1975 Orchard St. on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers set to have booths there include Granco Clark, Daily Deals, Hope Network and Stafford Communications. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Adult Education to host job fair Thursday

It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression and the Belding Adult Education program is giving community members a chance to make a positive first impression on area employers.

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.