IN BRIEF: Belding school board begins mascot discussion

Discussions about the Belding Redskins mascot have officially started within the community.

Valerie Dawdy teaches summer-long free yoga in the park classes at Central Riverside Park in Belding, a program which wrapped up for the summer on Friday. She also offers group fitness classes at Ellis Elementary in Belding and at her farm on Ostrum Road. — Courtesy photo/Valerie Dawdy

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IN BRIEF: Craycraft given Good Neighbor Award

Just a few days after the second phase of the six phase Vietnam War memorial was dedicated in an official ceremony, Denny Craycraft of the war memorial committee was given the Belding Good Neighbor award.

Spectators watch as the Labor Day Parade in Belding makes its way down Bridge Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Parade wraps up Belding’s Labor Day weekend celebration (PHOTOS)

Dan Hyde, a Gowen resident, has been coming to the Belding Labor Day Celebration for the past 65 years. He has even gotten the chance to march in the Labor Day Parade as a trumpet player in the Greenville High School band, though he admits that was more than a few years ago. Now 75 years old, Dan watched Monday morning’s parade with his wife, Julie, and other members of the family that represented five generations, beginning with Julie’s father, Julie, their children and their families.

Members of the 2016 Miss Belding Court, along with other festivalgoers, participate in the first annual "glow walk"Saturday evening during the Belding Labor Day Celebration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Glow Walk is pinnacle of accomplishments for one participant

Amy Miller had a smile lighting up her face on Friday night, but that wasn’t all. She also had a number of glow sticks wrapped around her neck and wrists to light her way during the first annual Spectrum Health Glow Walk as part of the Labor Day Celebration.

State Honor Guard members and veterans Gary Hoisington, left, and Thomas Gleason, wait for the unveiling of the new Vietnam War Memorial Friday evening in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

POW monument dedication kicks off Labor Day weekend (PHOTOS)

More than a dozen veterans from various branches of military service could be seen milling around and pointing to various spots etched into a granite map of Vietnam Friday evening in Belding.

Jon Bergen opened the Belding Chiropractic Center at 215 E. State St. earlier this year. He renovated the entire building almost entirely by himself. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Perfect timing’ for Belding chiropractor

Dr. Jon Bergen opened Belding Chiropractic Center in April. The office is at 215 E. State Street, formerly Dr. Charles Barker’s office. To get the building ready, Bergen painted and carpeted the building and built a room out of an open space.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson demonstrates dropping off prescription and over-the-counter pills at a drop box at the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ionia County doing its part to deter prescription drug abuse

In an effort to stop the cycle of use and abuse of prescription opioids, Ionia County installed prescription drug drop boxes. The boxes are located at the Belding Police Department, the Ionia Sheriff’s Department and at the Portland Police Department.

Volunteer “grandma” Barb Rogers of Belding, left, sits with Lana Sanders, 4, to craft a birthday crown that Lana will wear at school when her birthday rolls around. Lana attends the new preschool program offered by Faith Community Christian School on the outskirts of Belding. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Faith Community Christian School now offers preschool program

Those looking for a faith-based option for pre-school children are in luck.

Faith Community Christian School, located at the corner of M-91 and Fisk Road on the outskirts of Belding, has opened up a preschool program this year in an effort to bring more children and parents into their building.

Miss Belding and her court will reign over the city’s Labor Day festivities this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Kiddie King Bentley Parker, Miss Belding Lauren Thompson and Kiddie Queen Tinley Brown; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner Up Ava Baltruczak, Young Miss Madison Baltruczak, Junior Miss First Runner-Up Jacqueline Quintino, Junior Miss Ana Hintz; Miss Belding First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Krista Hull, Junior/Young Miss Congeniality Katelyn Walch and Young Miss Court member Jacklyn McCarty. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Thompson teen is crowned Miss Belding, again

Lauren Thompson is about to start her senior year at Belding High School, where she is active in band and Leadership Council.

She has also started a successful new hobby: Collecting crowns.