Ionia County’s physical plant director resigns

Ionia County’s physical plant director resigned this month after only one year on the job.

Joseph Cusack, 35, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Fenwick, was originally hired in 2003 to work as a probation officer for Ionia County’s Juvenile Court. In October 2014, he was hired as the county’s plant director.

Scott Ferman, a licensed contractor in Belding, expresses his frustration Tuesday with the decision by Belding City Council to contract out building services into Ionia County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to use company for city building services

A temporary switch in how building services are handled in Belding may now either relieve stress or create new headaches, depending on who is asked.

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS), but the decision did not come without criticism.

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.


UPDATE: Belding woman killed in early morning one-car crash

A Belding woman was killed early this morning after she lost control of her vehicle.

Troopers with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post are investigating the one-car crash which occurred on Canfield Road.


JUST IN: Belding enters contract for building services

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS).

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Despite technical glitches, Belding Marching Band succeeds at state finals

After more than 300 hours practicing through 55 rehearsals, five football games and three marching competitions, every ounce of effort put forth by members of the Belding Redskin Marching Band came down to one performance.

Gazing upward at the blinding stadium lights, taking in and reflecting upon the vast and powerful confines of Ford Field in Detroit, Belding High School senior Kyle Mansfield, 17, made sure he would never forget the next seven minutes and 30 seconds.

Ken Brandes was recently promoted to deputy fire chief with the Grattan Township Fire Department. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Township gets new deputy fire chief

It goes without saying that fire is dangerous. Sometimes deadly. However, residents in GrattanTownship can rest assure a competent man is helping run their fire department.

Otisco Township Supervisor Paul Reeves smiles during Tuesday’s board meeting. Reeves agreed to rescind his resignation in order to finish the final year of his term after an upcoming winter absence, after board members agreed to hire a deputy supervisor. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco Township leader rescinds his resignation

After 37 years of service on the Otisco Township Board, Supervisor Paul Reeves is ready for a vacation. But at the request of township residents and fellow board members, Reeves will have to wait another year before his time at the helm comes to an end.

Since retiring a few years ago, Orleans Township resident Don Kline has been experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease, stemming from the years he served with the infantry in Vietnam. Although somewhat incapacitated due to his illnesses, he remains a passionate collector of Native American arrowheads. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding veteran Don Kline’s experience in Vietnam conflict leaves lasting scars

Don Kline, just a year out of Belding High School, did not want to go to Vietnam. Like most young men, all he really wanted was to get a job, date a girl or two, maybe start thinking about a career. But in March 1968, shortly before his 19th birthday, Don’s draft notice arrived. He was one of 44,000 young men who found their lives forever altered by a conflict — nobody official was calling it a war — half a world away.

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft resumes work on the foundation of the Vietnam War memorial Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council votes in favor of Vietnam War Memorial project

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft has long worked to erect several war memorials in the Belding community, and Tuesday evening, he wanted to make one thing clear about his efforts — he isn’t doing it for himself. “I have a lot of dedication to this community, I have almost 70 years into this community, this town raised me,” he told the Belding City Council.