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Belding City Council votes 3-2 to fire city manager ‘effective immediately’

After a tense debate, the Belding City Council voted 3-2 to fire their city manager Tuesday night.

Meg Mullendore, who was hired in March 2013, was not present at the city council meeting. She was at home recovering from a recent surgery.

Supporters and members of the Belding Education Association teachers union stand in attendance at Monday evening’s school board meeting as they asked for the second consecutive meeting that the school board and union reach a fair contract. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools teacher contract negotiations stagnant

As another month has come and gone, contract negotiations between the Belding school district and its teachers’ union continue to remain at a standstill.

It’s been nearly seven months since the previous contract between the Belding Area Schools district and Belding Education Association (BEA) union expired on June 30, 2014, and the frustration that has grown in that time was evident again Monday evening’s school board meeting.

A man allegedly robbed the Burger King near Belding, located at 9463 Belding Road just outside of the city limits, at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon before successfully fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. — Daily News/Cory Smith

UPDATE: Belding Burger King armed robbery suspect caught

A man allegedly robbed the Burger King near Belding at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon before successfully fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The incident took place during lunch hour around 12:20 p.m., according to Ionia County Sheriff’s Sgt. William Hoskins.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council votes 3-2 to fire manager

In a 3-2 vote by members of the Belding City Council tonight, City Manager Meg Mullendore has been terminated from her job, effective immediately.

Councilman Dennis Cooper motioned for Mullendore’s dismissal during the council comment portion of tonight’s Belding City Council meeting.

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Sixth grade students in Belding Middle School teacher Jennifer DiSpirito’s classroom listen attentively to a presentation on unhealthy relationships from Relief After Violent Encounter’s Domestic Assault Response Advocacy Coordinator Amanda Peterson on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Expert helps Belding middle schoolers learn to identify unhealthy relationships

As children enter adolescence and jump headfirst into the ever-changing world of relationships, there’s no questioning that the distinction between right and wrong grows more important.

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VIDEO: Soldier surprises daughter with homecoming in kindergarten classroom

Five-year-old Gabby Petersen knew she was getting a present Friday, but as to what could be hidden beneath wrapping paper was a mystery.

From left, Belding City Council members Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones and City Manager Meg Mullendore discuss how to proceed with appointing new members of the Zoning Board of Appeals during a work session at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding on Jan. 6. — File photo

Belding Zoning Board of Appeals to be reinstated with new members

Seven months after it was absorbed by the Belding City Council, one of this city’s committees is officially on its way to being reinstated.

Members of Belding City Council met on Jan. 6 for a work session to decide how to proceed with reinstating the five-member Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) through dialog and brainstorming.

Rob Butler, left, and Mike Versluis, sprinkler fitters with Fire Pros of Grand Rapids, work to repair broken pipes that burst due to freezing temperatures in the Covered Village Mall in Belding Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Frozen pipe bursting causes stir at Belding mall

The former Rayborn hardware store has been empty for several years, but even vacant buildings can cause unexpected problems for nearby business owners. That was the case around 9 a.m. Monday when a frozen pipe burst, triggering an alarm that required the attention of the Belding Fire Department.

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4-day work week permanent in Belding

A 16-month trial period that revolved around the number of days worked per week by city employees has now come to a finite conclusion. In a 4-1 vote by members of Belding City Council Tuesday, with councilman Dennis Cooper opposed, city employees will now permanently work a four-day work week, consisting of 10-hour days, working 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Wesco gas station in Belding, located at 105 W. State St., will undergo several months of construction this spring in which the store building will be demolished and rebuilt with a newer facility, along with new gas pumps and expanded parking. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Wesco rebuild project OK’d

With a unanimous vote by council members at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, the Belding Wesco gas station, located at 105 W. State St., will soon be remodeled on a larger parcel with a new store, additional parking and more service pumps.