John Bush

JUST IN: Ionia County drain commissioner to retire early

John Bush, the longtime Ionia County drain commissioner, has announced his retirement effective Oct. 31. Bush’s current term expires on Jan. 1, 2017. He was mostly recently re-elected to office in August 2012 and has been the county drain commissioner nearly three decades now.

Throngs of children await a movie in their cardboard box “cars” at the Kid’s Drive-in Movie event during the Belding Labor Day Celebration over the weekend. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Drive-in movie a success despite late start (PHOTO GALLERY)

No matter how much effort one puts into plans, sometimes they just go awry. Such is life. That was the case for the Kid’s Drive-in Movie event during the Belding Labor Day Celebration over the weekend.

Military veterans with the Belding American Legion Post 203 ride on a Dr. Seuss-themed float Monday during the Stahlin 110th Labor Day Parade in Belding. — Daily News/Brad Knlosner

Belding Labor Day brings summer to a close (PHOTO GALLERIES)

As the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration wrapped up with its final events Monday afternoon, Lynn Mason reflected on the four-day experience by reaching for a quote by the very man that this year’s festival was themed after.


UPDATE: Woman missing in Ionia County found

Katherine Mary Ogan, 56, who went missing Saturday evening, was found by family members this morning at about 10:30 a.m. by family members.

Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

Dennis Cooper

Water bill discussion tabled in Belding

Belding City Council members discussed the reimbursement of a residential water bill at Tuesday’s meeting. The item was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting by Councilman Dennis Cooper.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas reviews a map Wednesday morning showing areas of high precipitation infiltration in the cit’s stormwater system. The results were discovered thanks to monitors utilized through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

Beneath roads, sidewalks, homes and business, lies a vast underground network of pipes and channels that go unnoticed by your average city resident. But the importance of Belding’s stormwater and wastewater systems is immeasurable, used by nearly every resident and business owner in the community.


JUST IN: SAW grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

A Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is in the early stages of providing a large benefit to the Belding community.

Miss Belding 2014 Allison Harrison crowns her successor Miss Belding Alexis Cahill at Saturday evening’s Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Ex-Young Miss wins Miss Belding pageant

In 2011, Alexis Cahill was named Young Miss Belding. She was 11 years old, and beginning sixth grade. Six years later, the now 17 year-old is beginning her senior year at Belding High School and is holding the title of Miss Belding.

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Football season gets underway with Belding-Greenville rivalry clash

“Hit the line hard.”

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt gave this advice a century ago, speaking of how life should be lived, as well as how football should be played.