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JUST IN: Belding school lunches to see slight price increase next school year

Students who purchase their lunches at Belding Area School in the 2015-2016 school year will notice a small increase in the price they pay for their daily meal.

Patrick O’Connell

UPDATE: Belding Burger King burglar pleads guilty

A local man charged with robbing the Burger King restaurant near Belding last January has pleaded guilty to robbery and drug charges.

Belding resident and attorney Katherine Henry speaks at a Belding City Council meeting during public comment in December 2014. — File photos

Belding resident, city settle federal lawsuit for $250

The federal lawsuit filed by Belding resident Katherine Henry against former City Manager Meg Mullendore and the city of Belding came to a settlement conclusion last month upon an agreement between all parties involved.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Saranac man dies in Sunday night crash

A Saranac man died following a Sunday evening vehicle crash. At 8:19 p.m., Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post troopers responded to a crash on Parsonage Road, just east of Darby Road, in Boston Township in Ionia County.

Though their new pub got off to a rough start during its grand opening, Horse’s Mouth owners Jennifer and Troy Palmer are optimistic for the future and are taking steps to improve service. The beautifully transformed bar features only local brews and a full menu. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Rough opening day points to better things ahead for Horse’s Mouth

Folks who once frequented the old Driftway Bar are not going to believe their eyes. The first thought coming through the doors of the recently-opened Horse’s Mouth will likely be, “Look what they’ve done to this place.”

From left, Belding City Councilman Jerry Lallo recognizes Belding Area Schools Athletic Director Joel Wilker, Belding resident Rick Beckett, girls varsity basketball coach Brad Wilson and (not pictured) boys varsity basketball coach Michael Redell with the Good Neighbor Award for organizing the “Fill the Gym” event at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s ‘Fill the Gym Night’ organizers recognized

Who could ask for better neighbors than those who bring together 1,400 people in a celebratory event overflowing with community pride? It’s been two years since a Good Neighbor Award was bestowed upon a resident or group organization in this community by the Belding City Council, but January’s “Fill the Gym Night” at Belding High School caught the attention of Councilman Jerry Lallo.

Orleans Township Supervisor Jim Patrick speaks on the subject of beginning each township meeting with a prayer Tuesday. The board voted 5-0 to start each meeting with a voluntary invocation by board members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township Board votes to start meetings with a prayer

For as long as most residents can remember, Orleans Township Board meetings have begun with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Beginning in April, meetings will start with a prayer.

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Greenville/Belding trail connection part of final project to connect 125 miles

Trail lovers will soon have access to 125 miles of Michigan trails starting right from Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville.

During the latest Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted in favor of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Trust Fund grant to complete a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail from Greenville to Belding.

Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.