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Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.

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The Daily News is Newspaper of the Year

For the second consecutive year, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category and Excellence in Advertising for all newspapers in the state, along with 29 additional awards and honorable mentions.

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Greenville and Belding youth group headed to D.C. to march for life

Each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is filled with peaceful protestors. They are there to mark the March for Life, a pro-life event in which people rally to speak out against what the movement calls the “greatest human rights violation of our time.”

Fourth grade students in David Heth’s class go through a math lesson Wednesday afternoon at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. The school was officially released from “focus school” status Jan. 20. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local schools released from focus and priority status

In 2013, dozens of Michigan schools were put on lists of “priority” schools and “focus” schools based on student scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test.

Belding Middle School was added to the list of priority schools while Baldwin Heights Elementary School was added to the list of focus schools.

Lynn Mason of Belding has made several signs to take with her and her traveling companion, Tayler Reeves, formerly of Belding. Mason and Reeves will be attending the Women’s March on Washington today. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women to participate in Women’s March on Washington today

Lynn Mason is used to being the only woman in a room full of men.She served as an Ionia County commissioner and was sometimes the lone woman on committees. She ran for state representative in the 86th District last November; the only woman in that race.

Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.

From left, Belding Board of Education Secretary, Doug Lamborne, Vice President Debra Bach, Board Member Shannon Hummel, President Timothy Flynn, Member Kate Feuerstein, Treasurer Terry Boni and Member Lary Richmond.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Three people were sworn in on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening; although only one of the faces was new to the board.

Terry Boni and Debra Bach were sworn in to start their new terms on the board. A new addition to the board, Kate Feuerstein, was also sworn in to start her term.

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IN BRIEF: Belding council approves special event application

During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council approved a special event application for the Belding Beatnik Bazaar and Farmers Market.

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Belding begins mascot search

The search is on for the next Belding mascot. Belding Area School has put together an online survey for community members, students and staff, which gives people the chance to submit an idea for the mascot and explain why.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves prom site

The financial problems that Grand Volute Catering & Event Center in Lowell is experiencing has created a ripple effect that has reached Belding.

Originally, the committee for the prom at Belding High School had planned to hold the prom dance at the Grand Volute. However, given the recent struggles Grand Volute is having financially and with bankruptcy, that site will need to be changed.