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Belding residents asked to run water to fend off freezing pipes

With another blast of arctic-like freezing temperatures expected to hover around the area for a few more days, the city of Belding is asking residents to take measures to avoid the possibility of frozen pipes.

Several hundred gallons of water placed at Belding City Hall await pickup from Belding residents currently dealing with frozen water pipes at their homes.

City of Belding hands out free water to residents with frozen water lines

Tami and Ben Bradbury have lived in Belding for 17 years without any water problems — until now. A Michigan winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and levels of snowfall has created many difficulties for state residents, including a high number of frozen water lines.

The Belding Veterans Park was neglected earlier in the winter until Belding City Council members volunteered their time to shovel snow from the grounds of the park, allowing visitors an easier time of visiting the monuments. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Veterans Park moving forward with WWI monument

On a cold, snowy day, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson pulled his truck up to the Veterans Park, stepped outside, and grabbed himself a shovel. As he began to dig into and heave snow over his shoulder, clearing a more traversable pathway for visitors of the park, he noticed something in the snow.

Temperatures in the mid 40s have lead to melting snow, which may cause minor flooding with tomorrow's storm, which is calling for nearly an inch of freezing rain. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Rising temperatures, rain may lead to minor local flooding

Thursday’s forecast calls for nearly an inch of freezing rain to fall on top of already melting piles of snow due to temperatures in the mid 40s, so water will be flowing. Just how much is yet to be seen.

Belding Dial-A-Ride Director Keven Kreiger speaks in front of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding.

Belding City Council approves Dial-A-Ride budget application

The Dial-A-Ride transportation (DART) program is a valuable service for residents of Belding seeking public transport throughout town, but like all city services, it must be paid for and properly maintained.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education discuss entering into an agreement Monday evening with Montcalm Community College to join the college’s Early College program. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools join MCC’s Early College program

Montcalm Community College has a goal to eventually include all seven Montcalm County public school districts within its Early College program. As the college pursues that goal, it can officially add an Ionia County district to that list.

Earnest Strecker, right, of Belding, will celebrate his 100th birthday today with a small family party. A much larger surprise party is planned for this Sunday, courtesy of his daughter, Arlene Cunningham, left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding man celebrates his century

Earnest Strecker was only 3 years old and living in Spencer Township when the Bolshevik Revolution swept across Russia, ending the rein of the czars and ushering in the era of the Soviet Union. Most 3-year-old kids don’t notice that sort of thing, especially when it’s taking place half a world away.

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors responded Monday to a student achievement study conducted by The Center for Michigan and published in Bridge Magazine, which ranked the district last in the state. Officials questioned some of the data used in the report, but at the same time stated the district needed to do a better job for students. Pictured, from left, are Board President Beth Ryan, Secretary Kim Ricards, Treasurer Aarron Antclif and Superintendent Tom Kreiner. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Grattan Academy officials question report, but say it shouldn’t be ignored

Despite questioning some of the theory behind it, it’s hard for Grattan Academy to ignore the recent Academic State Champs report that named it the worst school in the state. In spite of the questions, and in light of the data, there was one common theme among the Grattan Academy Board of Directors at Monday night’s school board meeting … “we must do better.”

Pints of donated blood are stored at Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank serving Michigan. Due to harsh winter weather, several blood drives across the state have been cancelled and those that have been held have seen low turnout. The result is blood blanks scrambling to make up for lost donations. — Courtesy photo

Greenville girl among those waiting for blood donations

It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.

Grattan Academy Superintendent Tom Kreiner talks with students during a break between classes in the school cafeteria Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy officials disagree with Academic State Champs report

Tom Kreiner will be the first person to admit Grattan Academy isn’t perfect. But the worst school in the state of Michigan? That unhappy distinction is according to the third annual Academic State Champs report from Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. The report ranks Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on a combination of test scores and income levels of families.