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Belding Labor Day Celebration signals end of summer

With thousands of spectators lining Bridge Street, marching bands, classic cars, horses and numerous floats slowly threaded through downtown Belding as an unofficial salute to the end of summer.

The annual Stahlin Labor Day Parade on Monday morning was a fitting cap to a weekend that included carnival rides, tournaments, talent shows, a car show and an impressive fireworks display during the 109th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration.

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.

Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Rules of the road for school buses

As the first day of school quickly approaches, there’s one topic that may be of particular importance to students who will be attending for the very first time.

The school bus.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

The new Miss Belding Allison Harrison is crowned by Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson following Saturday evening’s scholarship pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Allison Harrison crowned 2014 Miss Belding

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” was the song Allison Harrison chose to sing for her talent phase of the Miss Belding Scholarship competition. That may be her motto for the year now that she has been chosen as Miss Belding 2014 and will reign over not only the Labor Day festivities but also will represent her hometown at various parades and community events this next year.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, discuss Shriver's positive annual evaluation with board members Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves superintendent evaluation, contract

Sara Shriver was elated nearly two years ago when she was selected as the superintendent of Belding Area Schools, and it appears members of the district school board continue to share in that sentiment.

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Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail opens in Belding

As the Bruursema family left their home Sunday evening, they had the perfect pathway laid ahead of them for a trip to Central Riverside Park.

Josh Bruursema, along with his wife Becca and daughters, Hannah, 5, and Morgan, 1, hopped on their bikes and cycled their way along the newly opened Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail in downtown Belding.

Vietnam veteran Denny Craycraft unveils his vision for a large Vietnam War memorial Tuesday evening at the Belding City Council meeting. At top right, the center of a monument honoring all Michigan Vietnam veterans who died in the Vietnam war would be a possible engraving of the “Three Servicemen Statue” that stands in Washington D.C. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Vietnam War memorial ‘unlike anything you’ve ever seen’

Denny Craycraft can still hear the mortar blasts, the rapid fire of gunshots, and the screams of his fellow soldiers — all the horrors of war that encompassed him on a daily basis while fighting in Vietnam nearly half a century ago.

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Belding police investigate rash of vehicle break-ins

The Belding Police Department is investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins over the past 24 hours.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss the possibility of consolidating city inspection services Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council tables decision to consolidate inspection services

Belding Council members have long been asking to consolidate the city’s inspection services, and after Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, they’ll be waiting a little longer.