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Greenville man facing life in prison after Belding woman fatally overdoses

A Greenville man is facing life in prison after allegedly supplying heroin and methamphetamine to a Belding woman, who fatally overdosed on the combination of drugs.

During a regular meeting last Monday, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education heard an audit report from a managing member of a Saranac accounting firm. The district was given a clean opinion on its audit report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Positive audit for Belding schools

Steven Thompson, a managing member of the Saranac accounting firm of Biggs, Hausserman, Thompson and Dickinson, talked numbers with the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Dec. 19. During a regular meeting of the board, Thompson gave an audit report for the school district based on the fiscal year ending June 30. According to Thompson, the district received a clean audit opinion, which is the “best type of audit opinion you can get.”

The Eastern and Midwest Chapter of Vesting America’s Police K-9s has worked with members of the Ingham County Sheriff’s office, shown here, to secure a vest for one of their K-9 officers, Titan.  — Courtesy photo

Belding group works to provide bulletproof vests for police dogs

Reserve Deputy Erin Dean of the Kirklin Police Department in Indiana has been with her partner Cinch for nine years. They have been in a variety of situations on the job, including some tense moments with suspects. Dean said she and Cinch have developed a bond so close that she feels like Cinch is part of her family.

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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

Members of the Belding Middle School Student Council, National Junior Honor Society and other students took 1,370 toys that were donated for Toys for Tots to WZZM-TV 13 in Walker on Friday to donate them to families in need in Belding. — Courtesy photo

Belding community gathers 1,370 toys to Toys for Tots

Christmas is looking a little brighter for some families in the Belding community. Thanks to a coordinated effort from the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the Belding Middle School Student Council, students collected 1,370 toys for people in need. The drive was part of the annual School Spirit Challenge hosted by WZZM-TV 13, which the middle school ended up leading this year.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey tells the Board of Education and members of the audience that he hopes to continue the support the community has given Belding schools and the desire to grow stronger and keep improving together during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board votes to change Redskins mascot

Belding’s longtime mascot is about to become a piece of history.

After months of conversation at school board meetings and special community forums, the Belding Area Schools board voted unanimously to change the mascot from the Redskins and to do away with any Native American associated imagery on Monday evening.

Students in Diane Kuhn’s class at Belding Middle School say their daily affirmations for positive thinking Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School students focus on acts of kindness

’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.


IN BRIEF: Belding board votes to change the school mascot

After months of hearing from members of the community and outsiders to the community, the Belding Board of Education came to a decision about the Redskins mascot Monday evening.

Jennifer DiSpirito’s health students at the Belding Middle School made projects to show food groups, healthy snacks and functions of different things people get from food such as protein.

Belding Middle School students talk nutrition

Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.


Belding firefighter fired after Facebook comments

A Belding firefighter was fired Monday morning after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook over the weekend.