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JUST IN: Belding man dies in 1-car crash

A 40-year-old Belding man was killed Sunday after losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

Two residential structures in Belding, which have been condemned for several years, will now be demolished after council members voted 4-0 to approve a contract bid to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pair of blighted homes to be demolished in Belding

Two homes in violation of the city of Belding’s blight ordinance will be coming down after members of City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to have the homes demolished. In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Tom Jones absent, council members awarded a demolition to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. for two homes located at 316 Hanover St. and 914 S. Bridge St.

Belding Councilman Joe Feuerstein challenges verbiage laid out in a recall petition against him Tuesday during a clarity/factual review session at the Ionia County Courthouse. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Feuerstein alleges conflict of interest at recall hearing

Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein made the claim at Tuesday’s clarity/factual review session that Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich should have recused herself from the review session due to a conflict of interest.

Rebecca McCafferty

Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Two Carson City-Crystal graduating seniors had fun with the outlook of their future, decorating their graduation caps with the “To infinity and beyond” catchphrase from “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear during the class of 2014’s graduation ceremony Sunday. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

CC-Crystal grads embodiment of confidence, success (Photo Gallery)

For many graduating seniors, there are memories, there are accomplishments and there are regrets. But, as senior Lindsay McClintic said during her speech at Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony Sunday, there is no need for advice for her or her peers as they embark on life after high school. “From here on out, we will be facing many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future,” McClintic said. “So when you think about it, uncertainty is just another word for opportunity.”

Lester Heminger

UPDATE: Belding man charged after pointing long gun at man

A Belding man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a long gun at another man.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a felonious assault report in the 11000 block of South River Road in Eureka Township at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy set to close June 30

When students at Threshold Academy wave goodbye to their teachers on the last day of school, they will also be saying goodbye forever to the school they have grown to love. Threshold serves children from kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in existence for 17 years.

Members of the Belding High School graduating class of 2014 celebrate together Thursday evening by tossing their caps into the air after receiving their diplomas in Redskin Arena at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

156 graduate from Belding, enter next chapter of life

With 156 graduates standing before him, guest speaker Gerald Hopkins had one important question to ask of the 2014 graduating class of Belding High School. “What will be your legacy?” he asked.

Grattan Academy celebrated the class of 2014 and it's 32 graduates Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Over half the class is attending secondary school this coming fall along with four other class members enlisting in the armed service.

Grattan Academy graduation photo gallery

Grattan Academy celebrated the class of 2014 and its 32 graduates Wednesday. More than half the class is attending secondary school this coming fall along with four other class members insisting in the armed service.