Belding school board approves temporary logo design

A temporary logo for summer sports camp T-shirts has been approved, after much discussion by the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

During Monday’s regular meeting, board members discussed how shirts for summer sports camps will look because the district hasn’t settled on artwork to go along with the newly unveiled Black Knight mascot.


IN BRIEF: Vietnam War Memorial to move forward Wednesday

The Vietnam War Memorial standing as part of the Freedom Wall in Belding will have its next piece installed Wednesday.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves technology purchase

A new technology purchase has been approved by a local school board.

The Community-As-School (CAS) program at Belding High School is going to make a comeback in the next academic year. Teacher Ed Albert will be running the program as he has in the past. He talked to more than 100 students at an informational meeting about the program Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School to revive CAS co-op program

Belding High School students lost access to the Community-As-School (CAS) program in 2011 as a result of changes in state-mandated curriculum. Six years later, due to recent changes in curriculum requirements, students once again will have access to the CAS program.

Summer Eubank, 17, Aurora Perez, 18, Cassidy Zuver, 18, and Cali Huddleston, 18, check out the selection of special occasion dresses donated from Forest Hills Eastern High School to Belding High School. The schools partnered to bring more than 100 special occasion dresses to Belding for students to choose from for free for tonight’s prom and upcoming school awards events. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Neighboring school donates 110 formal dresses to Belding High School

Prom season has arrived, which means fancy clothes, dinners out, hair appointments, nail appointments and hours and hours of primping. All of this can add up quickly and the cost of going to prom is just too high for some. To help alleviate the burden of cost, Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey reached out to Forest Hills Eastern High School Principal Steve Harvey to ask if they would be interested in running a dress drive.

A temporary art installation was unveiled Friday to students at Belding High School. The project is comprised of photos of students and staff holding up dry erase boards with single adjectives to describe themselves. The photos are arranged to spell out “We are BHS.” The project is meant to inspire unity. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding art students unveil installation

Each year, Andrea Sprague works with her 3-D design students to craft an art installation to be displayed at Belding High School. Installations in the past have been both temporary and permanent fixtures in the school. This year’s will be temporary, but Sprague is hopeful the effects will continue to ripple throughout the school even after the installation is removed.


IN BRIEF: Orchard Street to close May 19

Orchard Street from W. State Street (M-44) will be closed May 19.

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Leppinks honored with clock dedication

A new clock tower is now standing in downtown Belding. While the new one is only a fraction of the size of the previous clock tower the city was so well-known for, Mayor Ron Gunderson said he hopes it will be a symbol of rejuvenation and renaissance for Belding.


Drive to gather hygiene products for homeless in Belding

Homelessness takes many forms in today’s society. Belding resident Danielle Patrick is doing her part to bring awareness to the problem and to help ease the burden on people living with varying degrees of homelessness.

From left, Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet, Ionia County Probate Judge Robert Sykes, Ionia County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Jim Banks, Commissioner Brenda Cowling-Cronk, Commissioner Georgia Sharp, County Administrator Stephanie Fox and Physical Plant Director Scott De Ruischer prepare to break ground Monday afternoon at the future site of the Ionia County Courthouse addition. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ground broken on long-awaited Ionia County Courthouse addition

Ionia County officials broke ground on a long-awaited addition to the county courthouse Monday afternoon.

Ionia County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Jim Banks said this project has been a long time in the works. He told the people gathered for the groundbreaking, including Belding City Manager Bruce Brown and Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler, the idea for additional facilities dates as far back as 2002.