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Members of the Belding High School graduating class of 2014 celebrate together Thursday evening by tossing their caps into the air after receiving their diplomas in Redskin Arena at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

156 graduate from Belding, enter next chapter of life

With 156 graduates standing before him, guest speaker Gerald Hopkins had one important question to ask of the 2014 graduating class of Belding High School. “What will be your legacy?” he asked.

Grattan Academy celebrated the class of 2014 and it's 32 graduates Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Over half the class is attending secondary school this coming fall along with four other class members enlisting in the armed service.

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Grattan Academy celebrated the class of 2014 and its 32 graduates Wednesday. More than half the class is attending secondary school this coming fall along with four other class members insisting in the armed service.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss a resolution to allow city council to act as the city’s zoning board of appeals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council absorbs Zoning Board of Appeals

In a close vote by the Belding City Council, one of the city boards will now be absorbed by the council to carry out its responsibilities. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday evening with councilmen Mike Scheid and Tom Jones casting the opposing votes, the responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will now be carried out by council.

Belding senior Gio Vanni Delgado, 18, performs on the bass drum during his final high school band concert at Belding High School. As a percussionist, Delgado found a leadership role that helped mold him into a better student. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After slow start to education, Belding senior turns life around

His heart racing quickly, sweat dripping from his brow, Gio Vanni Delgado suddenly found himself at the center of the world standing on the turf of Rudness Field. With his family watching in the stands, the Belding High School varsity football team had just scored its first touchdown against the Greenville Yellow Jackets, and it was time for the extra point kick.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Cori Anderson, Robert Insley and Vice President Timothy Flynn, discuss matters during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board votes to replace computer labs

In 2010, Belding Area Schools made a commitment to new and improved technologies with the approval of a $38.8 million bond that helped bring iPads and other electronic devices to the district.

From left, eighth-graders Alicia Miller, Cassie Barr and Meghan Ferrall all sustained minor injuries after lightning struck Grattan Academy near Greenville on Monday morning. — Courtesy photo

Grattan Academy hit by lightning, students injured

They heard it a split second before they felt it … a big bang followed by an electrifying jolt. Cassie Barr, 14, was standing by her locker at Grattan Academy, talking to her friend Meghann Farrell, 14, about math homework Monday morning. Alicia Miller, 13, was washing her hands in the restroom.

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Benches donated to Belding Veterans Park

Donations from Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures, Belding Tank, Mercantile Bank and North Woods Furniture, totaling $3,700, made it possible for six benches to be purchased and placed at Belding Veterans Park for visitors to use as they admire monuments at the park.

The members of the Belding Robotics Team, seen here competing in a quarterfinal match, competed from April 23 to 26 at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim Calif., where they finished in the top 50 of more than 400 competing teams from across the world. — Courtesy photo

Belding finishes in top 50 at Vex Robotics World Championships

On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore explains the details of the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget to members of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council approves balanced budget

For the first time in 10 years, the city of Belding will not be operating with a deficit budget. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget.

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2.28-mile trail in Belding expected to be completed by Aug. 1

Downtown Belding will never look the same again.

What was once a busy railway that brought commuter and industry traffic through the heart of downtown will now return in the form of a cycling trail. It’s been a dream that has been discussed for years, but now, construction has officially started and, come Aug. 1, the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail (FMRVRT) through Belding will be complete.