To the left of the entrance to Rudness Field at Belding Area Schools, a depiction of the Redskin logo and name is on display. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Area Schools and community review use of longtime mascot

A national debate has hit home for residents of Belding.

The usage of Native American-derived mascots for sports teams has been debated for years, but a resolution is still not readily evident in the near future. People have gone back and forth in local communities, on sports news shows and in publications. Many school districts and national organizations have conceded their mascot in favor of something unrelated to Native Americans.


Belding OKs home occupation ordinance

Belding home business owners gained a little more freedom Tuesday evening. The Belding City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance for home occupations, which as defined as “a business, profession, occupation or trade that is conducted within a residential dwelling unit by the residents of the dwelling unit.”

Kelsey Stahlin

Belding student to compete at national Business Professionals of America conference

Kelsey Stahlin is headed to Boston to compete in a weekend-long national leadership conference. Stahlin, a senior, is the sole student from Belding High School who qualified to go to the next phase of competition in Michigan’s chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA).


IN BRIEF: Council member discusses downsizing planning commission members

During Tuesday evening’s regular city council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones voiced his opinion on the number of planning commission members for the city.

A custom wood bench memorializing Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old boy from Belding who drowned in the Flat River in 2013, was stolen this week. It is tan in color and has carvings of a boy fishing on it, a religious cross, and the phrase “don’t stop believing” inscribed on it, as well as Devon’s name. — Courtesy photo

Memorial bench stolen from mother’s yard in Belding

Police are investigating the theft of a bench that memorialized Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old Belding boy who drowned in the Flat River in 2013.

The bench was gifted to Devon’s mother, Shauna Green-Smith, and placed in her front yard at her home on Harrison Street.


Lyons man airlifted to hospital after suspected drunken driving crash

A Lyons man was airlifted to a hospital Friday afternoon after a suspected drunken driving accident.

Every student at Belding Area Schools in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad in the 2012-2013 school-year through the purchase of 1,300 units through a $38.8 million bond levy. — Daily News/Cory Smith

iPad sales to continue this week in Belding

Those who were unable to take advantage of the reduced price of $100 for second generation iPads at the Belding Community Showcase are in luck. The technology department of Belding Area Schools is extending the sale through Friday. The iPads can be purchased at the Technology Department building located 321 Wilson St. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eric Harrington. — Courtesy photo

ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

A Belding woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend eight times after he attacked her while on multiple drugs in front of their child. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler issued the legal ruling on Friday.

From left, Julia Finely, 11, Annabel Maag, 13, Xavier Hughes, 12, Bayli Isaacs, 12, Ella Jones, 13, Joseph Hall, 13 and Alivia Lamborne, 7, perform an anti-bullying play during Thursday evening’s Belding Community Showcase. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Community Showcase displays the best in organizations, businesses

The halls of Belding High School were filled with members of the public Thursday, celebrating the successes of the community and learning more about local businesses and organizations.

Hallways were decked with artwork students made specifically to display during the showcase. Middle school and elementary school students were performing in the auditorium. People were walking about excitedly, talking with each other.

From left, Club Phoenix staff members Clarissa Gerwig, maintenance worker Glenn Moore, Shirley Downer, owner Jon Bunce, resident trainer Alyssa Garner, and Jenna Ferguson celebrate the opening of the gym in Belding. A ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m. at 240 Covered Village Mall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Grand opening for Phoenix fitness center in Belding is today

For two years, Jon Bunce has clung to a property at the Covered Village Mall, hoping to one day realize his dream of opening the first and only fitness center in his hometown community. Today, that dream becomes a reality.