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 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.
In a close vote by the Belding City Council, one of the city boards will now be absorbed by the council to carry out its responsibilities. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday evening with councilmen Mike Scheid and Tom Jones casting the opposing votes, the responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will now be carried out by council.
His heart racing quickly, sweat dripping from his brow, Gio Vanni Delgado suddenly found himself at the center of the world standing on the turf of Rudness Field. With his family watching in the stands, the Belding High School varsity football team had just scored its first touchdown against the Greenville Yellow Jackets, and it was time for the extra point kick.
In 2010, Belding Area Schools made a commitment to new and improved technologies with the approval of a $38.8 million bond that helped bring iPads and other electronic devices to the district.
They heard it a split second before they felt it … a big bang followed by an electrifying jolt. Cassie Barr, 14, was standing by her locker at Grattan Academy, talking to her friend Meghann Farrell, 14, about math homework Monday morning. Alicia Miller, 13, was washing her hands in the restroom.
Donations from Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures, Belding Tank, Mercantile Bank and North Woods Furniture, totaling $3,700, made it possible for six benches to be purchased and placed at Belding Veterans Park for visitors to use as they admire monuments at the park.
On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.
For the first time in 10 years, the city of Belding will not be operating with a deficit budget. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget.
Downtown Belding will never look the same again.
What was once a busy railway that brought commuter and industry traffic through the heart of downtown will now return in the form of a cycling trail. It’s been a dream that has been discussed for years, but now, construction has officially started and, come Aug. 1, the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail (FMRVRT) through Belding will be complete.