Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys announced his resignation from the board after 14 years as a member during the July 20 board meeting effective Aug. 17 meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

President, trustee resign from Belding school board

After numerous years of dedicating time as members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, two of the longest serving members are stepping down. During the July 20 board meeting,President Tom Humphreys and Trustee Robert Insley both announced that they would be resigning.


Smyrna Summer Celebration set for Saturday

Games for children, vendors selling homemade goods and plenty of food to go around … this year’s Smyrna Summer Celebration is once again ready to showcase its small-town charm.

The third annual festival, which was created at the request of its own residents, is scheduled for Saturday, and is again ready to welcome visitors for a day of fun-filled events.

Logan Ostrander, 4, of Belding, runs in an attempt to scare away a flock of seagulls to prevent them from eating trash in the park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding girl wants to bring city together for Litter Pick Up Day

Sitting in the main chamber of the Pere Marquette Depot, no taller than the chair she was sitting in, Logan Ostrander patiently waited for her time to speak. The 4-year-old, struggling to see over the seat in front of her, was likely unaware of the city business that was being discussed by members of the Belding City Council.


JUST IN: Belding City Council considers ethics, local purchasing ordinances

Members of Belding City Council discussed Tuesday evening the possibility of implementing two new ordinances during first readings.


JUST IN: Belding school board, teachers agree to contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.

The terms of the contract, however, have yet to be decided, and are in the hands of one man who will make those terms clear and binding.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Ionia County central services facility talks back to ‘square one’

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners has been talking for years about building a new central services facility. After last Tuesday’s meeting, the board is back to square one, according to Chairwoman Julie Calley. The board unanimously voted to set a preliminary budget of $2.5 million for a new facilities project.

A 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a 44-year-old Rockford man was struck by a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 50-year-old man from Stanton. – Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Motorcyclist critically injured after being struck by pickup truck

A motorcyclist was critically injured after being struck by a pickup truck Monday afternoon. Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at the intersection of Fisk Road and Storey Road (M-91).

A Chrysler Town and Country van driven by a Belding man overturned after being struck by a Hyundai driven by another Belding man today on M-91. — Courtesy photo

VIDEO: 2 Belding men injured in M-91 accident

Two Belding men were injured in a serious accident shortly before noon today on M-91 just north of Candlestone Inn. Deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident between Storey Road and Fisk Road around 11:48 a.m.

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New farmers market a hit in Belding community

With a simple concept, one Belding resident is trying to reach out and bring her community together.

Her idea? When it comes to goods and services — buy local.


Ionia Free Fair celebrates 100 years of history

It comes as no surprise that one of Ionia’s proudest and highly celebrated traditions has evolved through 100 years of history.

On Aug. 16, 1915, the first Ionia Free Fair began with an automobile parade, with hundreds of residents and visitors participating with decorated cars.