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The Belding robotics program, which includes students at both Belding High School and Belding Middle School, will compete with seven robotics in Saturday’s Belding Robotics Tournament in Redskin Arena at the high school. — File photo

Belding robotics team to compete in home tournament Saturday

The Belding High School robotics program is witnessing another year of unparalleled success. On Saturday, that success will be on display for all to see.

Students from both Belding High School and Belding Middle School will compete in the Belding Robotics Tournament in Redskin Arena at the high school, with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. and elimination matches taking place at 1:45 p.m. after qualification matches are completed.

From left, Belding City Council members Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss a list of six candidates for the position of interim city manager Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding interim manager search down to 2 finalists

The search for an interim city manager for this community has been narrowed to two finalists. On Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council reviewed the resumes of six candidates to fill the city manager vacancy on an interim basis. Former City Manager Meg Mullendore was fired Jan. 20 by a 3-2 vote of the council.

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JUST IN: Belding interim city manager search down to two finalists

The search for an interim city manager for this community has been narrowed down to two.

Greenville resident Lloyd Shelden was working hard to clear his sidewalk on Monday morning.

Winter snow squall blankets area

On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil clamored out of his hole to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Those who live in West Michigan already had made that same prediction after the snow-filled weekend.

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Belding residents express frustration with DEQ over Electrolux property

Locked behind a chain-link fence in the very center of town sits an idle piece of property that has become the epicenter of public frustration.

On the surface, the former White Consolidated Industries/Electrolux complex at 100 E. Main St. is ready to be embraced as a public park. But buried beneath that surface — 24 inches, to be exact — is a century-old history of industry, complete with contaminated soil, concrete slabs and, deeper still, contaminated ground water.

Belding Mayor Ron Gundreson speaks about hiring an interim city manager Monday evening during a special council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council begins interim city manager, city manager searches

Following the termination of this community’s city manager, the process is now underway to find the next individual who will helm administrative responsibilities. During a special meeting Monday night, called by Mayor Ron Gunderson, council members discussed hiring a new city manager after previous city manager Meg Mullendore was terminated in a 3-2 council vote on Jan. 20. During Monday’s meeting, the council also discussed hiring an interim city manager.

Four out of the 10 teachers at the Grattan Academy middle and high school are sick, which prompted the school system to shut down for Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Academy Charter Schools closed due to illnesses

An illness swept through the staff of Grattan Academy this week. Four out of the 10 teachers at the middle and high school came down with either head colds or the stomach flu, which prompted the school system to shut down on Wednesday, according to Superintendent and Principal Tom Kreiner.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Timothy Flynn, Doug Lamborne, Shannon Hummel, and Tom Humphreys recite the oath of office as they are sworn onto the board at the Jan. 19 school board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board welcomes new members

A few new faces, complete with smiles and looks of determination, were officially welcomed to the Belding Area Schools Board of Education last week.

A panoramic view shows a hefty amount of remodeling work occurring at the former Driftway Bar and Restaurant in Belding as it transforms into the new Horse’s Mouth Tavern. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New bar to bring Michigan craft beer atmosphere to Belding (GALLERY)

The clang of a hammer falling hard to a nail, the screech of a table saw quickly splitting through a piece of wood — that’s the sound of the orchestra of construction taking place at an old but familiar location in this community. Since the summer of 2012, the Driftway Bar and Restaurant has sat empty, eventually foreclosed on and left as a shadow of its former lively self.

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Citizen cooperation, K9 key in catching Burger King robbery suspect

Patrick Michael O’Connell, 26, of Belding was arraigned Thursday for allegedly robbing the Burger King near Belding. With the help of citizen tips, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office located a 28-year-old Ionia woman who had reportedly driven the car the suspect had used to flee the scene after allegedly robbing the restaurant Wednesday afternoon.