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Belding community hears parks update

Representatives from the architectural firm SmithGroupJJR of Ann Arbor presented four different plans for revamping parks to Belding community members at a recent meeting. Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell returned to town after gathering information from the public about what they would most like to see during a meeting of Belding’s recreation advisory board in April.

The Belding High School class of 2016 throws their caps into the air in celebration after the conclusion of Thursday evening’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School graduates 151 seniors

It was lucky for Belding seniors and their families the commencement ceremony was held indoors, owing to a brief but torrential downpour of rain Thursday evening.

“I think that’s rain, actually, so it’s a good thing we’re not on the football field,” Principal Brett Zuver quipped during his opening comments.

Alex Hubbert has spent the past four years studying advanced math classes in an effort to better prepare himself for life at the U.S. Air Force Academy and for his hoped-for career as a fighter pilot. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Belding senior sets his sights high

Alex Hubbert has his eyes fixed firmly on the sky. That’s where he wants to spend the next 30 years or so, piloting jets for the U.S. Air Force.

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Multiple police agencies respond to Belding meth lab bust

Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) detectives assisted the Belding Police Department with the investigation of a methamphetamine lab at a Belding residence on Sunday.

Belding officers went to the residence attempting to locate a subject with an outstanding warrant. At the time of their arrival, the suspect was actively cooking meth in the garage of the residence using the one pot method.

Devin Sebastian Tumbleson, 28, of Belding.

JUST IN: Belding man arrested for choking Crystal woman, throwing her out of car

Two people searching for morel mushrooms near Greenville came across an assaulted and injured woman Monday evening.
Two people were walking on Berridge Road south of Fenwick Road around 7 p.m. when they heard a woman calling for help. They found a 19-year-old Crystal woman who was badly injured. They drove the woman to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.

Each morning, students in Melissa Wright’s class at Ellis Elementary School in Belding say the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag sent to them by soldiers in Afghanistan as a thank you for the care packages students put together last November. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ellis Elementary students score flag from soldiers

The second-grade students in Melissa Wright’s class received a very special gift from the soldiers they sent care packages to last year. Students were gifted an American flag that was flown from the tail of a helicopter over Afghanistan, as well as letters sent back from several soldiers .

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

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Day of Notables showcases Belding fifth grade projects

Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.

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Belding approves $1 million bid for Bridge Street project

A $1 million decision has been made about which company will be handling the South Bridge Street project. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, the council approved a bid from Kamminga & Roedvoets, Inc., a road construction firm with offices in Grand Rapids and Tampa, Fla.

Belding resident Carmin Barker stands to address the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during public comment at Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding community, school board discuss mascot issue

The days of the Belding Redskin being trapped in limbo could be numbered.

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education discussed the issue at Monday evening’s meeting. During public comment, five residents stood to address the board.