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Belding elementary schools to offer daycare

Parents of Ellis Elementary School and Woodview Elementary School students will soon have a daycare option for before and after school. During Monday evening’s regular meeting, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved a proposal by Superintendent Brent Noskey to partner with the Lowell YMCA to provide before and after school daycare for students ages 5 to 12. The program will allow students to be dropped off at Ellis as early as 6:30 a.m. and children can stay until 6 p.m.

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to begin a consolidation effort that will close Grattan Elementary School, with all operations moving to the school district’s Eureka Township location, which will serve as a K-12 charter institution. The elementary school has been functioning since 1955. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy gets new name; elementary school building to be closed

After 20 years as a local educational institution, Grattan Academy Charter School is about to undergo two of the largest changes in its history.

During Monday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, board members voted unanimously to drop “Grattan” from the name entirely and to rename the school “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy” as part of a new branding effort to change the image of the school.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board approves township hall addition

Amid cries from some members of the audience to table the discussion, the Otisco Township board voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to proceed with construction of an addition to the township hall.

Brent Noskey, the new Belding Area Schools superintendent, officially started work on July 1 and has been working ever since to be as effective as possible in his role and reaching out to the community. To that end, he is holding a community wide open house for parents to come and meet him on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding’s new superintendent is having meet-and-greets this week

One month has passed since Superintendent Brent Noskey has taken the helm at Belding Area Schools. As the new school year approaches, Noskey is looking to the future to figure out ways to better the district and the surrounding community. One thing he is planning to do for community outreach is to host two “parent nights” — the first for parents and students already attending Belding schools to meet and talk with him and the second for parents and students attending schools outside of the district but live in Belding.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves FFA trip

During a regular meeting Monday evening, the board of education approved a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana for five to seven students to attend the National FFA Convention.

Councilman Tom Jones, left, Mayor Ron Gunderson, and councilman Doug Feehan take notes during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considers amending charter

Unrest in Belding continues regarding to the appointment of nonresidents to commissions and boards. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council discussed that issue and heard comment from several members of the sizable audience.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.

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Ionia County races decided in primary

The results for Tuesday’s primary elections are in and Ionia County voters have spoken. Votes from 31 precincts were counted and recorded to proclaim the winners in the various races.

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Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.