Belding police officer Jason Cooper, who was fired from his job last October, will be reinstated to his position effective next week after an arbitrator ruled in Cooper’s favor. According to Will Keizer, a labor representative for the Police Officers Labor Council, the arbitrator who mediated Cooper’s arbitration hearing against the city of Belding in May officially ruled Monday in Cooper’s favor, effectively returning him to the department.
Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.
A 40-year-old Belding man was killed Sunday after losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree.
The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.
Two homes in violation of the city of Belding’s blight ordinance will be coming down after members of City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to have the homes demolished. In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Tom Jones absent, council members awarded a demolition to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. for two homes located at 316 Hanover St. and 914 S. Bridge St.
Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein made the claim at Tuesday’s clarity/factual review session that Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich should have recused herself from the review session due to a conflict of interest.
Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.
For many graduating seniors, there are memories, there are accomplishments and there are regrets. But, as senior Lindsay McClintic said during her speech at Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony Sunday, there is no need for advice for her or her peers as they embark on life after high school. “From here on out, we will be facing many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future,” McClintic said. “So when you think about it, uncertainty is just another word for opportunity.”
A Belding man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a long gun at another man.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a felonious assault report in the 11000 block of South River Road in Eureka Township at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday.
A Belding man is in custody for allegedly assaulting another man after an argument escalated to the point that a gun was raised but not fired.