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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.

Belding High School Marching Band drum major Makennah Rousseau, left, high-fives Drumline Instructor Josh King, as fellow drum major Dana Smith hugs Band Director Laura Hyler, following the band’s performance at the MCBA State Finals Saturday in Detroit — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding marching band places 5th at state finals (PHOTOS)

Traveling along I-696, with vans full of parents and two busses containing all 105 members of the Belding High School Marching Band, the skyline of the Motor City was about to settle into view. The sun had yet to rise Saturday, but every Belding student was wide awake, ready to perform at the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals at Ford Field.

Graphic designer Rinck Heule, center, talks to students at the Belding Success Virtual Learning Center on Thursday about the new graphic design course he will be teaching at  the center. The hope is that the class will be able to start as soon as next week. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Virtual Learning Center to teach graphic design

High school students have more options today than just attending classes in a brick and mortar building. Advances in technology and easier access to the internet have given students the chance to learn at their own pace. Virtual learning programs not only help students learn in new and innovative ways, but they also give students at risk of not graduating high school a chance to succeed by using a different approach.

Ellis Elementary School kindergarten teacher Stacie Weitting was presented with a check for $500 on Thursday from Preferred Credit Union in Belding. The scholarship came from a program the credit union offers at each branch for any student who makes a deposit during August. One person at each branch is randomly drawn for the chance to award the check to a teacher of their choice. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding teacher receives $500 from credit union

Stacie Weitting received a big surprise Thursday morning. She was going about her normal routine with her kindergartners at Ellis Elementary School when Josh Simon, 5, a student of hers, came into the classroom, followed by his mother Tonya, a representative from Preferred Credit Union and Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey.

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Professional arm wrestlers Brandon Sellers, left, of Greenville, and title holder Matt Bourdon, of Sand Lake, are expected to participate in the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament, which is tomorrow at the Horse's Mouth Tavern. The event will include professional, amateur and novice classes, which anyone can enter in the novice class.

Arm wrestling tournament set for Saturday at Horse’s Mouth

Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.

All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.

A Chevrolet Suburban and an Allied Waste truck collided at the intersection of N. State Road (M-66) and Belding Road (M-44) Tuesday morning. The two drivers involved were left with non-life threatening injuries.

JUST IN: Two sustained non-life threatening injuries in Tuesday morning crash

Two people were injured in a two vehicle crash in Orleans Township Tuesday morning.

John Bishop, 63, of Cedar Springs and Mamie Schnicke, 82, of Orleans both sustained non-life threatening injuries in the truck versus car collision which occurred at the intersection of Belding Road (M-44) and N. State Road (M-66).

Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.

A group of 20 students from Belding listen to Granco Clark Operations Manager Dave Walker explain what various machines in the shop do during a tour Monday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School students go on manufacturing tour

Some people grow up knowing exactly where they want to end up later in life. Others take more time figuring that out.

On Monday, 80 students from Belding High School got to check out a possible career field they might not have initially considered.