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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

The span over the Flat River on Main Street in Belding is now closed to traffic as construction crews work to replace the bridge, cutting off one of the main hubs of traffic into downtown Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Downtown Belding businesses struggling during road construction

As local business owner Bonita Steele stares out her storefront window of the Belding Mini Market through a vacant parking lot, she only observes more of the same. Located directly across her business on W. Main Street is Millie’s Family Restaurant, which also stands still without a single customer inside.

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a proposal to install LED lighting at both Belding City Hall (pictured) and the city's Department of Public Works building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding approves LED lighting at City Hall, DPW building

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously 5-0 tonight to accept a proposal for LED lighting at Belding City Hall and the city’s Department of Public Works building.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Commence thrashing! Belding skatepark opens

The new Leppink’s Riverside Skatepark officially opened Tuesday afternoon in Belding.

Springhill Camp participants in Belding take part in a game called “Where’s My Chicken,” in which campers race down to a counselor while they aren’t looking to try and pick up an object and get it back to the other end with out the counselor knowing who has it. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Flat River Ministries bring summer fun to town camp (PHOTOS)

The summer’s just begun and already many parents have heard the dreaded cry of “I’m bored …” But that’s something the parents of 152 area children haven’t heard, at least not lately, thanks to a coordinated effort between Flat River Ministries, Cross Point Church in Belding and Evart-based Springhill Camp.

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At a public forum Monday, representatives from both Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Ionia Public Schools pitched their districts to the Palo Community Schools Board of Education and a handful of community members who showed up. With the operation of the Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is now looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into one or both of the neighboring districts. Pictured are CC-C Board of Education Vice President Ben Adkins.

Palo school board mulling annexation into CC-C or Ionia school districts

With the operation of Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, Ionia Public Schools or a combination of both.

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Belding boys found safe

Two 4-year-old children are safe at home after going missing for a short period of time Monday afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, Belding officers were called to a home on Pearl Street after the two children were reported missing.

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Belding man flees from police

A 26-year-old Belding man is lodged in Ionia County Jail after leading police on a foot chase after allegedly fleeing an officer who was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants. The man was wanted by Belding police on two felony warrants.

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For Devon: Belding school dedicates tree in memory of 10-year-old boy

The crack of a bat as it strikes a baseball, the ensuing cheers from the crowd that follow and the jubilation of celebrating together as a team at home plate. Those moments are what so many boys and girls look forward to the very second the last day of school is finished, and summer begins. Those moments, they are also what Devon Morrison, who died last September, would have taken so much joy in and shared with everyone who knew him.

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.