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A new Christmas tree will be lit during during the inaugural Belding tree lighting ceremony outside Belding City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tree lighting and Home for the Holidays this weekend in Belding

The Christmas season is starting early this year in Belding, with cookies, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. Two holiday events are scheduled to coincide with each other, helping to bring cheer to the community.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council collaborating with Belrockton Museum to repair steps

The Belrockton Museum is in need of a little maintenance, and thanks to some collaboration, repairs will be occurring this spring.

The 75 employees at Stahlin Enclosures in Belding work a series of three shifts at the company, which produces fiberglass enclosure boxes that are shipped worldwide. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures

In a fictional 1955, when Dr. Emmett Brown harnessed the tremendous power of a bolt of lightning to send his DeLorean time machine and friend Marty McFly back to the future, a movie franchise was born. One of the most important plot devices of the iconic 1985 blockbuster film, “Back To The Future,” was created in the city of Belding.

From left, Otisco Township board members, Trustee Dan Ziegler, Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate storage of recreational vehicles in the township during the Nov. 10 township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco board talks outdoor storage, recreational vehicle ordinance

Michigan provides ample opportunities for recreation for its residents, from snowmobiling down frozen trails in the winter to racing a speed boat across choppy waters in the summer. But what happens when those vehicles, and other recreational items, need to be stored when they are not in use?

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Belding refinances its school bond loans

Belding Area Schools is refinancing $35 million in bond loans, which will save the district millions. At the Nov. 16 Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted 7-0 on resolutions to refinance the 2010 Build America Bonds, in the principal amount of $21,890,000, as well as the School Bond Loan fund, in the amount of $13,260,000, through William Blair & Company LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., at better interest rates.

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Belding Area Schools, teachers agree to 2-year contract

After 16 months of disagreements and disputes, positive morale is returning to Belding Area Schools as teachers continue teaching, but now with a new union contract in place.

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Ionia County’s physical plant director resigns

Ionia County’s physical plant director resigned this month after only one year on the job.

Joseph Cusack, 35, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Fenwick, was originally hired in 2003 to work as a probation officer for Ionia County’s Juvenile Court. In October 2014, he was hired as the county’s plant director.

Scott Ferman, a licensed contractor in Belding, expresses his frustration Tuesday with the decision by Belding City Council to contract out building services into Ionia County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding to use company for city building services

A temporary switch in how building services are handled in Belding may now either relieve stress or create new headaches, depending on who is asked.

Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS), but the decision did not come without criticism.

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.

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UPDATE: Belding woman killed in early morning one-car crash

A Belding woman was killed early this morning after she lost control of her vehicle.

Troopers with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post are investigating the one-car crash which occurred on Canfield Road.