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Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy forced to shut its doors at end of school year

Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, will shut its doors at the end of this school year as its overseer decided not to renew its contract. Central Michigan University’s Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools notified the academy Monday it will no longer authorize the school after June 30, citing low Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores and declining enrollment. Threshold, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students.

Belding resident Katherine Henry voices her displeasure of City Manager Meg Mullendore’s handling of Freedom of Information Act legislation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding citizens again voice displeasure of city council, city manager

Serving as a continuation from the most recent Belding City Council meeting on March 18, residents again voiced their concerns and disappointment Tuesday evening with respect to members of the council and City Manager Meg Mullendore. The meeting followed a similar theme of two weeks ago, fueled by disgruntled citizens who again addressed their concerns during the meeting’s public comment period, which lasted nearly 35 minutes.

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Ionia sheriff selects Meijer for inmate prescriptions

In a search conducted primarily to stay local while remaining cost efficient, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to a nearby pharmacy to serve as its primary prescription provider for jail inmates at the Ionia County Jail. Just one day into a two-year contract, the sheriff’s office is now receiving pharmacy services from Meijer Inc., specifically from the Meijer pharmacy located south of Ionia in Berlin Township.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

The Pere Marquette Depot in Belding was at capacity for Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council Member, in which several members of the community and surrounding area asked that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community members demand city manager’s resignation; she says no

With a standing room only crowd, the intensity of Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting reached a boiling point once the floor was opened for citizen comment. Several residents and business owners of Belding and neighboring communities spoke in succession, each with a plea that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position “immediately.”

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Hoisington announces run against Outman

A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.

Members of the Belding Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow the Belding robotics team to travel to the VEX World Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif. in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in world tournament

The Belding robotics team continues to climb to new heights each and every year, and now the team will ascend to its highest peak yet. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to allow the five members of the team who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship to travel to Anaheim, Calif. in April.

Orleans Township, with the township hall located in the village of Orleans, will continue to receive dedicated police coverage from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office after a three-year agreement was renewed by council members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township, Ionia Sheriff renew dedicated police coverage agreement

Orleans township will continue to receive dedicated police coverage for the next three years after an agreement was recently secured with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. The Orleans Township Board voted Feb. 18 to accept a three-year contract with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for township coverage in the form of a dedicated deputy.

Otisco Township Board members will vote next month on one of six designs for the official Township Flag. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Otisco Township, considers new flag, approves balanced 2014-2015 budget

Members of the Otisco Township board unanimously approved the township’s 2014-2015 budget tonight after a public hearing was held on the subject.