Graffiti reading “Gods not dead” covers a portion of a pavilion at Central Riverside Park in Belding, covering paint that had already been used to cover previous graffiti on the structure. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vandalism, budget cuts lead to talk of Belding park pavilion rental fees

From random marks of graffiti to dismantled picnic tables, vandalism has taken its toll on Belding parks this summer.

With five city parks within city limits — totaling approximately 60 acres — as well as several trail-ways, the vandalism has left the city’s Recreation Board members to explore a new source of funds for necessary repairs and maintenance.

Taven Daly, age 16.

UPDATE: 2 of 3 missing children return home to Ionia County

Two of three missing children from Ionia County have returned home.


JUST IN: Belding City Council tables decision on park pavilion fees

Due to increased vandalism and a shrinking budget, city officials are turning to park reservation fees in an attempt to raise revenue.

Granco Clark, located at 7298 Storey Road in Otisco Township, is host to a large facility where more than 100 workers come together on a daily basis to develop and refine extrusion equipment for companies all over the world. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Made in Our Own Backyard: Granco Clark

With its roots firmly grounded in a small community that prides itself on both a history of hard work and quality manufacturing, Granco Clark continues to shine as a beacon of success in its industry. Locally, Granco Clark is a company within the extrusion industry that employs a workforce of about 105 dedicated skilled workers in a variety of positions.

Allison Harrison, with her father Rod Harrison, at the Miss Belding 2014 pageant. — Courtesy photo

Ex-Miss Belding aims to be next Miss Michigan

Allison Harrison has grown up on the stage, and her goals are set on one specific stage: The Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

Cancer survivor Brenda Saladin of Greenville spent years battling stage III invasive duct carcinoma, but she is now cancer-free. — Courtesy photo

Cancer survivors say listen to your doctor, keep the faith

When it comes to cancer treatment, is it a positive attitude that breeds success or success that produces a positive attitude?

If you ask cancer survivors Karen Herzog and Brenda Saladin, they might tell you it’s a little bit of both.

Fathers and other male role models listen to Ted Flynn, a father signed up for the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Ellis Elementary School, as he encourages others to join the program during a kickoff event at the school Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools embracing ‘Watch D.O.G.S.’ male role model program

Between working to support his family and coaching his children’s after-school sports programs, Ted Flynn is one of many fathers who would do anything for his kids. So when the opportunity presented itself to spend a day at Ellis Elementary School in Belding, to be in the same classroom as his own child, Flynn jumped at the opportunity.

Bill Bates, center, stands with Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson and Bates’ daughter, Kelli, after completing a 60-mile walk Sept. 19 and raising $6,489.50 for the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids. — Courtesy photo

Belding man completes 60-mile trek, raises funds for Mercy Health

After a grueling 18 hours, walking step after step on the last shred of energy he could rally together, Bill Bates reached the finish line.

Having just walked 60 miles on the evening of Sept. 18 into the following afternoon, the Belding resident forced a smile in the wake of his accomplishment, albeit with his legs trembling and a sharp pain settling in.

Longtime Belding Area Schools Board of Education member Timothy Flynn was appointed to board president, a position he has held in the past, during Monday evening’s school board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board appoints new president

A familiar face now sits at the head of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

Timothy Flynn, who has served as a member of the board for 18 years, was appointed to the position of board president in a unanimous vote Monday evening.


JUST IN: Belding Planning Commission reviews plea for Vietnam War Memorial

Halted with a stop work order last week to build his Vietnam Memorial monument, Denny Craycraft pleaded with members of the Belding Planning Commission on Tuesday evening to assist him in moving forward.

Craycraft, a Vietnam War veteran and resident of Eureka Township, claimed ignorance and apologized for not following proper procedure in attempting to have his monument built after excavating the monument’s foundation on city property.