50+ Fabulous: Local residents’ experience through The Great Depression

Imagine using cardboard to line a pair of shoes because the soles had worn down. Imagine spreading lard across bread sprinkled with brown sugar as an afternoon snack.

Firefighters from the Belding Fire Department and Greenville Department of Public Safety work to extinguish a fire at 303 E. Ann St. in Belding this morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

BREAKING: Woman dies in Belding house fire, another woman escapes

A woman was discovered dead inside a Belding home early this morning from injuries sustained in a fire, while another woman was able to escape with injuries by jumping from a second story window.


JUST IN: Belding superintendent submits resignation

After nearly four years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver has announced that this will be her final year with the district.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council approves contract extension for city manager

Members of Belding City Council voted Tuesday evening to grant City Manager Bruce Brown another two years on his contract with the city.

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Belding approves performance based pay bonus for teachers

Belding teachers who receive a “highly effective” rating on their evaluation by school administrators will now receive bonus pay as a reward for their efforts. During Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted 5-0 to approve a resolution to implement performance based pay.

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Greenville/Belding trail connection part of final project to connect 125 miles

Trail lovers will soon have access to 125 miles of Michigan trails starting right from Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville.

During the latest Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted in favor of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Trust Fund grant to complete a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail from Greenville to Belding.


JUST IN: Bruce Brown signs Belding interim manager contract, will start Monday

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s new interim manager beginning Monday.

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Belding claims victory in home robotics tournament

There appears to be no denying the Belding High School Robotics program, especially on its home turf. On Saturday a total of seven Belding teams, five from the high school and two from Belding Middle School, competed in the third annual Belding High School Robotics Tournament.

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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.

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Belding City Council votes 3-2 to fire city manager ‘effective immediately’

After a tense debate, the Belding City Council voted 3-2 to fire their city manager Tuesday night.

Meg Mullendore, who was hired in March 2013, was not present at the city council meeting. She was at home recovering from a recent surgery.