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.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting last October in Belding. The shooting was ruled to have been lawfully justified by self defense. — File photo

IN BRIEF: 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.

The Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office issued the ruling this afternoon.

Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell from SmithGroupJJR start a discussion with community members at a recreation advisory board meeting to help with the master plan for Belding city parks. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding parks looking to be revamped

Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.


Woodview Elementary School to begin roofing project

Woodview Elementary School is getting a partial re-roof over the course of the next three years.

During Monday evening’s meeting, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved a bid from Rasmussen Exteriors of Grand Rapids for $317,897.32, which will be broken down and added to the budgets of the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

Fourth grade students from Belding’s Woodview Elementary School perform on drums and tambourines during last year’s Belding Community Showcase at Belding High School. This year’s showcase will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Belding High School. — File photo

Belding Community Showcase is Thursday night

Community members are invited to Belding High School to enjoy an evening of fun.

Thursday marks the 20th annual Belding Community Showcase, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


IN BRIEF: Belding City Council reads home ordinance

The Belding City Council introduced a home occupancy ordinance during Tuesday evening’s meeting.


IN BRIEF: Belding school board approves sale of bus

The Belding Area Schools Transportation Department will have a little bit more room come July.

Disc golfers at SMASH Park in Belding listen to disc golf instructor Ragna Bygde talk about putting during Saturday’s tournament. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women’s disc golf event has great turnout (PHOTOS)

Chandra DeGood positions her body in a half-crouch, as she prepares to heave a disc toward a basket barely visible through the trees. The four other women playing their way through the disc golf course at SMASH park in Belding on Saturday watched quietly as DeGood threw her drive down the fairway and then complimented her on the distance.

Andrea Booker.

Booker back on Belding school board

A familiar face will be filling a vacant seat on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

Andrea Booker, a previous board member, was reappointed during a special meeting Tuesday evening. She was appointed with a 4-2 vote, with Shannon Hummel and Doug Lamborne opposed.


IN BRIEF: Belding school board approves contract for superintendent

During a special meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Tuesday evening, board members approved the contract for Brent Noskey, the newly hired superintendent.