Summer Eubank, 17, Aurora Perez, 18, Cassidy Zuver, 18, and Cali Huddleston, 18, check out the selection of special occasion dresses donated from Forest Hills Eastern High School to Belding High School. The schools partnered to bring more than 100 special occasion dresses to Belding for students to choose from for free for tonight’s prom and upcoming school awards events. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Neighboring school donates 110 formal dresses to Belding High School

Prom season has arrived, which means fancy clothes, dinners out, hair appointments, nail appointments and hours and hours of primping. All of this can add up quickly and the cost of going to prom is just too high for some. To help alleviate the burden of cost, Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey reached out to Forest Hills Eastern High School Principal Steve Harvey to ask if they would be interested in running a dress drive.

A temporary art installation was unveiled Friday to students at Belding High School. The project is comprised of photos of students and staff holding up dry erase boards with single adjectives to describe themselves. The photos are arranged to spell out “We are BHS.” The project is meant to inspire unity. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding art students unveil installation

Each year, Andrea Sprague works with her 3-D design students to craft an art installation to be displayed at Belding High School. Installations in the past have been both temporary and permanent fixtures in the school. This year’s will be temporary, but Sprague is hopeful the effects will continue to ripple throughout the school even after the installation is removed.


IN BRIEF: Orchard Street to close May 19

Orchard Street from W. State Street (M-44) will be closed May 19.

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Leppinks honored with clock dedication

A new clock tower is now standing in downtown Belding. While the new one is only a fraction of the size of the previous clock tower the city was so well-known for, Mayor Ron Gunderson said he hopes it will be a symbol of rejuvenation and renaissance for Belding.


Drive to gather hygiene products for homeless in Belding

Homelessness takes many forms in today’s society. Belding resident Danielle Patrick is doing her part to bring awareness to the problem and to help ease the burden on people living with varying degrees of homelessness.

From left, Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet, Ionia County Probate Judge Robert Sykes, Ionia County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Jim Banks, Commissioner Brenda Cowling-Cronk, Commissioner Georgia Sharp, County Administrator Stephanie Fox and Physical Plant Director Scott De Ruischer prepare to break ground Monday afternoon at the future site of the Ionia County Courthouse addition. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ground broken on long-awaited Ionia County Courthouse addition

Ionia County officials broke ground on a long-awaited addition to the county courthouse Monday afternoon.

Ionia County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Jim Banks said this project has been a long time in the works. He told the people gathered for the groundbreaking, including Belding City Manager Bruce Brown and Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler, the idea for additional facilities dates as far back as 2002.


Ionia County considering options for Building Department

Ionia and Montcalm counties currently share two circuit court judges, and county officials have been in talks regarding possibly sharing a building department director in the future. Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard updated commissioners about the idea during an Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee meeting April 10. He said Ionia County officials contacted him last summer for his advice on the matter.

David Bluhm of Fleis & VandenBrink presents findings from studies conducted through a stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council approves water rate increases

City residents will soon see a rate increase to water/sewer services. Following a presentation from David Bluhm, division manager of engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, the Belding City Council approved a rate increase during Tuesday’s meeting.

From left, Landon Neal, 12, Cole Shoup, 12, and Ty McDiarmid, 11, presented their report on the Amazon rainforest to the Belding Area SChools Board of Education during Monday’s meeting. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade geography class were tasked with creating an organization designed to educate others about the Amazon rainforest, its ecosystems and the dangers deforestation poses. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board hears success stories, high school handbook changes

There are some exciting things happening at Ellis Elementary School.

During Monday’s meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, Ellis Principal Tiffany Jackson shared some success stories.


IN BRIEF: Belding mayor declares Arbor Day April 28

Arbor Day is set for April 28 in the city of Belding.