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Springhill Camp participants in Belding take part in a game called “Where’s My Chicken,” in which campers race down to a counselor while they aren’t looking to try and pick up an object and get it back to the other end with out the counselor knowing who has it. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Flat River Ministries bring summer fun to town camp (PHOTOS)

The summer’s just begun and already many parents have heard the dreaded cry of “I’m bored …” But that’s something the parents of 152 area children haven’t heard, at least not lately, thanks to a coordinated effort between Flat River Ministries, Cross Point Church in Belding and Evart-based Springhill Camp.

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At a public forum Monday, representatives from both Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Ionia Public Schools pitched their districts to the Palo Community Schools Board of Education and a handful of community members who showed up. With the operation of the Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is now looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into one or both of the neighboring districts. Pictured are CC-C Board of Education Vice President Ben Adkins.

Palo school board mulling annexation into CC-C or Ionia school districts

With the operation of Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, Ionia Public Schools or a combination of both.

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Belding boys found safe

Two 4-year-old children are safe at home after going missing for a short period of time Monday afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, Belding officers were called to a home on Pearl Street after the two children were reported missing.

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Belding man flees from police

A 26-year-old Belding man is lodged in Ionia County Jail after leading police on a foot chase after allegedly fleeing an officer who was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants. The man was wanted by Belding police on two felony warrants.

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For Devon: Belding school dedicates tree in memory of 10-year-old boy

The crack of a bat as it strikes a baseball, the ensuing cheers from the crowd that follow and the jubilation of celebrating together as a team at home plate. Those moments are what so many boys and girls look forward to the very second the last day of school is finished, and summer begins. Those moments, they are also what Devon Morrison, who died last September, would have taken so much joy in and shared with everyone who knew him.

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.

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JUST IN: Ventra Ionia to invest $8.5 million, create up to 144 jobs

Today, the Ionia County Economic Alliance and The Right Place, in partnership with the city of Ionia and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., announced
Ventra Ionia Main LLC, a subsidiary of Ventra Greenwich Holdings Corp., plans to invest up to $8.5 million to expand operations in the city of Ionia.
As a result, Ventra intends to create up to 144 jobs.

From left, Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo review documents in regards to the city's 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends its 4-day work week

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a budget amendment that added more than $100,000 into the city’s general fund.

Belding Area Schools Finance Director Adrianna Barna, right, delivers a presentation before the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget for the district Monday evening.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board adopts budget plans

With the final days of school finally coming to a close for students this week, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education finalized the fourth and final amendment to the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget.