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2.28-mile trail in Belding expected to be completed by Aug. 1

Downtown Belding will never look the same again.

What was once a busy railway that brought commuter and industry traffic through the heart of downtown will now return in the form of a cycling trail. It’s been a dream that has been discussed for years, but now, construction has officially started and, come Aug. 1, the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail (FMRVRT) through Belding will be complete.

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Pet oxygen recovery masks designed to help animals after a fire

It’s a moment no firefighter wants to come across when searching through a burning home — the sound of a trapped dog barking for help or the discovery of a frightened cat hiding under a bed.

But those moments do happen, and just as firefighters would rescue an adult or child, those animals also need rescue.

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Belding Area Schools facing budget deficit for coming school year

According to Finance Director Adrienne Barna, the budget projection will change based on information from the state and additional reductions that may be necessary prior to the June board meeting where the 2014-2015 budget will be presented to the board for approval. In its current state, the proposed budget will operate at a deficit of $846,373.

Woodview Elementary School fifth grade student Alex Hirschy, 11, receives a certificate of appreciation from Ellis Elementary School Principal Tiffany Jackson Tuesday evening for helping a student who suffered a seizure while riding the bus to school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding student honored for ‘phenomenal reaction and helpfulness’

When Alex Hirschy heard the sound of a fellow student hit the floor of their school bus, he didn’t wait for someone else to react.

Hirschy, 11, a fifth-grader at Woodview Elementary School, leapt from his seat on the bus to comfort the student several seats behind him who was suffering from a seizure as they traveled to school the morning of April 16.

Belding Dial-A-Ride Director Keven Kreiger speaks in front of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding.

Belding City Council approves Dial-A-Ride budget application

The Dial-A-Ride transportation (DART) program is a valuable service for residents of Belding seeking public transport throughout town, but like all city services, it must be paid for and properly maintained.

Belding Robotics teammates high five each other during a tournament held in Belding earlier this month. Two of Belding's three robotics teams qualified for the state championships, which are Sunday at Michigan State University. (File photo)

Belding Robotics Team comes up short in home tourney, but students learn

The Belding Robotics Team set out to win its second straight home tournament in Redskin Arena at Belding High School on Saturday, but in the end, the competition proved to be just a little too tough.

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Silk City Saloon: New owner brings new life to former Belding restaurant

Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.

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Belding High School students collect 5,895 items for food pantry

On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

A ceremony Monday evening at the Belding Veterans Park celebrated area veterans with the unveiling of the new Korean War Monument.

Belding honors veterans with new Korean War monument

Belding resident and Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft smiles as he welcomes visitors to Belding Veterans Park for a Veterans Day ceremony Monday evening.

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Belding boy missing, last spotted Saturday afternoon

Belding police, and many members of the Belding community, are currently searching for a 10-year-old boy who went missing after fishing along the Flat River Saturday morning.