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Belding High School teacher Alisha Hummel holds up a sign that reads “Belding teachers work hard for students, want a fair contract” as she pleads with members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education Monday evening to reach a “fair contract” with the Belding Education Association teachers’ union. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding teachers continue to plea for ‘fair’ deal

In the middle of an eight-month conflict of failed teacher contract negotiations, it was the voice of a young sixth grade student that brought people to their feet in unanimous applause Monday evening. Allyson May, 12, a student at Belding Middle School, approached the podium during the public comment portion of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education Meeting in the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council adopts “special events” policy

Festivals, gatherings and celebrations in this community are expected to run more smoothly after a “special events” policy was approved by Belding City Council Tuesday night.

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JUST IN: Belding School Board approves spending to refinish high school gymnasiums

With new facilities, from gymnasiums to auditoriums, comes the responsibility of maintaining those arenas and theaters to keep them preserved for future students. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously 7-0 to approve $11076.62 to refinish two of the district’s gymnasiums.

Charles Ring, 78, was found dead inside his home Saturday morning at 8401 Canfield Road in Orleans Township as firefighters responded to a structure fire at the residence. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township man dies in Saturday morning blaze

An early morning structure fire claimed the life of its homeowner Saturday shortly after he called 911. Charles Ring, 78, was near the door of his home when firefighters responded to a structure fire at his residence.

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JUST IN: Belding car chase results in drunken driving arrest

A 32-year-old Belding man is behind bars after leading police on a car and foot chase.

According Chief Dale E. Nelson, around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, a Belding officer noticed an erratically driven car near the intersection of Bridge Street and M-44.

At right, Belding High School foreign exchange student Mia Kaarstein, 17, of Porsgrunn, Norway, speaks with fellow senior and friend Grant Hansen, 18, in the main lobby of Belding High School on Monday. Kaarstein is hoping to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony in May. According to school policy, Kaarstein cannot currently participate as she will not be earning a diploma. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding foreign exchange student hopes for policy change

From senior dances to participating on the golf team, Mia Kaarstein is attempting everything she can to absorb American culture in her year as a senior at Belding High School. Currently separated from her home of Porsgrunn, Norway, by six time zones and the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student has always been curious about life in America.

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Pair of adults board Belding school bus, refuse to leave

The Belding Police Department is pursuing the arrest of two Belding residents after they allegedly boarded a school bus and refused to leave at the instruction of the bus driver. At approximately 3:17 p.m. Friday, Belding police officers were dispatched to the bus parking lot at Ellis Elementary School, located at 100 W. Ellis St., to a report of an adult on a school bus that was refusing to get off the bus.

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Belding team takes second place at VEX Robotics State Championship

For the second consecutive year, the Belding robotics team made quite a splash at the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University. On Feb. 22, four teams of Belding students — all of whom qualified by winning three separate tournaments on the season — competed among 40 of the top high school robotics teams in the state.

The historic Belrockton Belding Museum experienced one of its busiest years  with increased attendance thanks to new exhibits and the increasing popularity of the BEL Children’s Museum. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belrockton’s museum enjoyed a busy 2014

The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

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JUST IN: Belding museum enjoyed busy year

During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting in which there was no official city business to conduct, Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.