Don Kline, just a year out of Belding High School, did not want to go to Vietnam. Like most young men, all he really wanted was to get a job, date a girl or two, maybe start thinking about a career. But in March 1968, shortly before his 19th birthday, Don’s draft notice arrived. He was one of 44,000 young men who found their lives forever altered by a conflict — nobody official was calling it a war — half a world away.
Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft has long worked to erect several war memorials in the Belding community, and Tuesday evening, he wanted to make one thing clear about his efforts — he isn’t doing it for himself. “I have a lot of dedication to this community, I have almost 70 years into this community, this town raised me,” he told the Belding City Council.
In a 3-2 vote this evening, the Belding City Council voted to allow construction of a Vietnam War Memorial to proceed — with conditions.
Following a recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission made Monday evening, council members allowed Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft to begin the initial stages of constructing the $160,000 monument, paid for by donations.
A structure fire Wednesday afternoon resulted in the complete destruction of a mobile home to the northwest of Long Lake. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to 8924 Lakeview Dr. at 3:39 p.m. to the report of a structure fire, and upon arrival, Fire Chief Les Doty said there was no saving the home.
In the halls of the Alvah N. Belding Library, surrounded by walls of books that collectively form a history of reading and research by countless patrons, Betty Jenkins is right at home.
Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.
A Belding man is dead following an early Wednesday morning shooting in a home located near the end of a quiet side street on the north side of the city. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. at about 5 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of Eric Harrington, 35, who had been killed by a gunshot wound.
A local man was shot and killed early this morning in Belding.
At approximately 5 a.m. today, Ionia Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding.
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Belding this morning. Around 5 a.m., Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting in the 1400 block of Oakwood St.
From random marks of graffiti to dismantled picnic tables, vandalism has taken its toll on Belding parks this summer.
With five city parks within city limits — totaling approximately 60 acres — as well as several trail-ways, the vandalism has left the city’s Recreation Board members to explore a new source of funds for necessary repairs and maintenance.