Each morning, students in Melissa Wright’s class at Ellis Elementary School in Belding say the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag sent to them by soldiers in Afghanistan as a thank you for the care packages students put together last November. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ellis Elementary students score flag from soldiers

The second-grade students in Melissa Wright’s class received a very special gift from the soldiers they sent care packages to last year. Students were gifted an American flag that was flown from the tail of a helicopter over Afghanistan, as well as letters sent back from several soldiers .


The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

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Day of Notables showcases Belding fifth grade projects

Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.

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Belding approves $1 million bid for Bridge Street project

A $1 million decision has been made about which company will be handling the South Bridge Street project. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, the council approved a bid from Kamminga & Roedvoets, Inc., a road construction firm with offices in Grand Rapids and Tampa, Fla.

Belding resident Carmin Barker stands to address the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during public comment at Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding community, school board discuss mascot issue

The days of the Belding Redskin being trapped in limbo could be numbered.

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education discussed the issue at Monday evening’s meeting. During public comment, five residents stood to address the board.


IN BRIEF: Ionia County officials visit Belding council meeting

During this evening’s Belding City Council meeting, Ionia County Deputy Clerk Janae Cooper and Ionia County Commissioner Dave Hodges stood to address the council during public comment.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves food service management contract

The Belding Board of Education approved a service contract for the upcoming school year during Monday evening’s regular meeting.

To the left of the entrance to Rudness Field at Belding Area Schools, a depiction of the Redskin logo and name is on display. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Area Schools and community review use of longtime mascot

A national debate has hit home for residents of Belding.

The usage of Native American-derived mascots for sports teams has been debated for years, but a resolution is still not readily evident in the near future. People have gone back and forth in local communities, on sports news shows and in publications. Many school districts and national organizations have conceded their mascot in favor of something unrelated to Native Americans.


Belding OKs home occupation ordinance

Belding home business owners gained a little more freedom Tuesday evening. The Belding City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance for home occupations, which as defined as “a business, profession, occupation or trade that is conducted within a residential dwelling unit by the residents of the dwelling unit.”

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Belding student to compete at national Business Professionals of America conference

Kelsey Stahlin is headed to Boston to compete in a weekend-long national leadership conference. Stahlin, a senior, is the sole student from Belding High School who qualified to go to the next phase of competition in Michigan’s chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA).