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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.

A 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a 44-year-old Rockford man was struck by a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 50-year-old man from Stanton. – Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Motorcyclist critically injured after being struck by pickup truck

A motorcyclist was critically injured after being struck by a pickup truck Monday afternoon. Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at the intersection of Fisk Road and Storey Road (M-91).

A Chrysler Town and Country van driven by a Belding man overturned after being struck by a Hyundai driven by another Belding man today on M-91. — Courtesy photo

VIDEO: 2 Belding men injured in M-91 accident

Two Belding men were injured in a serious accident shortly before noon today on M-91 just north of Candlestone Inn. Deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident between Storey Road and Fisk Road around 11:48 a.m.

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New farmers market a hit in Belding community

With a simple concept, one Belding resident is trying to reach out and bring her community together.

Her idea? When it comes to goods and services — buy local.

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Ionia Free Fair celebrates 100 years of history

It comes as no surprise that one of Ionia’s proudest and highly celebrated traditions has evolved through 100 years of history.

On Aug. 16, 1915, the first Ionia Free Fair began with an automobile parade, with hundreds of residents and visitors participating with decorated cars.

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JUST IN: Electrolux prepared to turn over former clock tower property to Belding

A property that once housed a cherished clock tower but now sits as a vacant field of grass may finally find itself available for public use.

Clockwise from left, Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, Belding Finance Director Adrienne Barna, Michigan Association of School Boards Assistant Legal Counsel Joel Gerring, Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, Michigan Employment Relations Commission Fact Finder Roger Cheek, Michigan Education Association Labor Economist Ruth Bier, MEA Research Consultant Craig Culver, MEA Uniserv Director Nancy Valenta, and Belding Education Association Lead Negotiator George Rousseau participate in a fact finding hearing at Belding High School on June 25. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school, teachers await opinion as contract stalemate continues

Teachers at Belding Area Schools have been without a new contract for exactly one year today. Negotiations between the school district and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers’ union began shortly before the previous contract expired on June 30, 2014.

This tractor-backhoe combination crashed in Belding on Monday. It was headed westbound on Kenwood when the driver lost control at the Orchard Street intersection. — Courtesy photo

Man injured in Belding tractor accident

One man was injured around 8:15 p.m. Monday in a single vehicle accident at the corner of Kenwood Avenue and Orchard Street.

Drivers commute along S. Bridge Street on Wednesday afternoon through downtown Belding. The entirety of the street will go through a complete reconstruction beginning in 2016. The project will cost more than $1 million, with $750,000 in funding provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding plans to reconstruct Bridge Street in 2016-2017

This community’s busiest city street is now on the path to receive a complete overhaul. Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to accept a resolution to support the city’s submission of an application for the reconstruction of S. Bridge Street for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Seven vehicles at County Line Auto were struck after a van left the road way on Thursday.

JUST IN: Van leaves roadway, strikes seven parked vehicles

It was a rough afternoon at County Line Auto. Around 1:30 p.m., a van traveling south on M-91 lost control and ran off the east side of the road. After leaving the roadway, the van struck seven vehicles parked outside of County Line Auto.